The School of Information Studies has overall responsibility for the disciple of Library and Information Studies (LIS) at CSU. With around 2,000 students, the School is the leading provider of LIS education in Australia and one of the largest in the world, playing a key role in the information professions by providing high quality, innovative online education underpinned by outstanding research and scholarship.
The School was well represented in the 2016 Faculty Awards. Lecturer Asim Qayyum won an award for Professional Excellence, while our Teacher Librarianship academics, Judy O'Connell, Barbara Combes, Lee Fitzgerald and Kasey Garrison, won a team award for Academic Excellence in recognition of the work they put into their curriculum redesign. Furthermore, two of the School's former professional staff, Judy O'Connor and Tahnee Wise, both won awards for Performance Excellence. Judy and Tahnee still work closely with the School in the new Faculty of Arts and Education.
Pictured are some of the School's award winners and their supporters.
In 2016 School of Information Studies doctoral student Alison Hicks was awarded a Faculty of Education resource grant to attend the CoLIS 9 conference (Conceptions of Library and Information Science) and the associated doctoral forum in Uppsala, Sweden. As a big fan of Scandinavian sociocultural research, Alison was very keen to develop a better understanding of current research in the area, while also getting to know some of the scholars whose work she has been reading. It was also a great opportunity for Alison to catch up with her principal supervisor, Annemaree Lloyd, who moved to Sweden in 2015 and with whom during the visit she was able to have some face to face supervision sessions.
Alison was also keen to use this opportunity to think about her own research on which she received useful feedback on her work at both the Doctoral Forum, as well as at the poster session where she presented an overview of her progress so far. At the conference dinner Alison was awarded the prize for the Best Poster- congratulations Alison! Finally, Alison would like to recommend attendance at CoLIS 10, which will be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2019.
Dr Hamid R. Jamali has commenced with CSU as a senior lecturer in Information Studies. Hamid will initially be teaching in the area of information resources description and metadata. Hamid has a PhD from the University College London (UCL, UK), a Master of Arts (Information Science) from University of Tehran (Iran) and a BSc in Medical LIS from Kerman University of Medical Sciences (Iran). Hamid's doctoral research focused on information and communication behaviour of scientists. He has published in several journals such as JASIST, JDoc, IPM, JIS, Scientometrics and some other LIS journals. Before joining CSU, Hamid was a faculty member at the LIS department of Kharazmi University (Iran). He has the experience of working in both public libraries (Iran) and academic libraries (UK). Hamid has also worked as indexer of archival material, back-of-the-book indexer and abstract writer for scientific databases. His research is mainly focused on the areas of human-information interaction, information behaviour and scholarly communication.
Congratulations to Dr Jessie Lymn, Lecturer in the School of information Studies who has been awarded a 2016 CAUL/ASA Fellowship. She will use the funds to travel to Murdoch University Library in Perth to study their unique collection of science-fiction fanzines and correspondence. Dr Lymn will undertake a materials survey of the extensive collection and map the networks of correspondence, supporting the notion that zines are defined not just by their content, but by their materiality and their networks – that is, their practices. The project will result in a number of publications on the collection and a seminar and online publication for Murdoch University Library. The project aims to showcase the collection and highlight its importance to scholars of Australian literature, cultural studies and special collections.
Congratulations to Adjunct Lecturer, Julie Lindsay, who has had a new book published: 'The Global Educator: Leveraging technology for collaborative learning and teaching'. The book (available as in both printed and electronic format) sets out essential pedagogical approaches and frameworks for global collaborative learning. It is also a collection of anecdotes, inspiring examples and 36 case studies featuring educators across K-12 and higher education. Senior Lecturer Judy O'Connell contributed a chapter on 'Leadership for global learning: A reflection on higher education experiences in Australia'.
The School of Information studies congratulates Professor Lisa Given who has been elected as incoming President of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T). ASIS&T seeks to advance the information sciences and related applications of information technology by providing focus, opportunity, and support to information professionals, researchers, students and organisations. As President, Professor Given will focus on deepening ASIS&T's engagement with members across borders and further encouraging the development of international Chapters. She will also seek to broaden the membership base across disciplines to extend ASIS&T's profile and reach, and to foster research capacity building and research leadership.
Last week our Children's Librarianship Coordinator and Lecturer Kasey Garrison joined book fans from across the country at the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) conference in Sydney.
"We had heaps of SIS students visit our table from across our courses and hopefully encouraged some new ones to come join the fun in the children's librarianship specialisation," Kasey said.
A highlight of the conference was the announcement of the CBCA's short lists for the Books of the Year. The winners will be announced during Book Week in August.
As part of his part-time secondment to the Office for Learning & Teaching (OLT), Philip Hider will lead a series of consultations on the possible options for a national learning and teaching repository that will support the work of OLT's successor, the National Learning and Teaching Institute. Co-leading the focus groups will be Pru Mitchell from the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), who is also an Adjunct Lecturer in the School. Focus groups will be held in four capital cities and online, as detailed below. If you are interested in participating in any of these sessions, please contact Helen Galatis, the Project Manager (who is also from ACER) at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively (or in addition), you are invited to complete a questionnaire survey on the topic at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NLTRepository. The survey is open until the end of April.
Wednesday 6 April 2016 Brisbane
Venue: ACER Conference room, 75 Melbourne St South Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 7 April 2016 Canberra
Venue: Cliftons, Level 2, 10 Moore Street, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 13 April 2016 Melbourne
Venue: ACER Keeves room, 19 Prospect Hill Road Camberwell, VIC
Thursday 14 April 2016 Sydney
Venue: Cliftons, Level 13, 60 Margaret Street, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 12 April 2016 Webinar
Adobe Connect webinar
Congratulations to Wade Kelly, a PhD Candidate (supervised by Prof Lisa Given and Dr Mary Anne Kennan) in the School of Information Studies and the Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning & Education (RIPPLE) on winning the ResearchMaster Quality in Postgraduate Research (QPR) Conference Sponsorship. The award includes full conference registration, accommodation, and flight costs, to attend the QPR conference in Adelaide in April 2016. QPR is the world's largest & longest-standing conference on doctoral education. Wade received the award from a field of 130 postgraduate students from across Australia; his application detailed his research focus, which examines university-community engagement activities and research impact.
Graduation signifies success in a particular part of a person's learning journey, and provides formal qualifications and accreditation to work in our industry. So each year we celebrate our students' graduation with joy. We also look forward to celebrating those students who throughout their study demonstrate an exceptional standard of work in our information studies courses. Below we list and recognise the CSU prize winners for 2015.
The following students received a Dean's Award of Excellence which is awarded to students who are enrolled in a minimum of 32 subject points in any faculty course and have achieved the level of distinction or above in all subjects studied in any one session for full-time students or in two successive sessions for part-time students.
Mary Anne Kennan, CSU; Judy Brooker, ALIA; Michelle Allen
Mary Anne Kennan, CSU; Judy Brooker, ALIA; Gabrielle Prior
Mary Anne Kennan, CSU; Rickie-Lee Morey
Mary Anne Kennan, CSU; Susan Sturgess
Professor Lisa Given invites you to attend the online launch of the Australian Research Council-funded Library and Information Science Research Australia (LISRA) project on 10 March. A panel discussion comprised of leading library and information professionals and researchers will discuss the library and information professional as practitioner-researcher. They will critically consider the many opportunities and challenges in embracing practitioner-researcher as an approach to professional practice. Further details about the panel discussion can be found here.
Dr Jessie Lymn has commenced with CSU as a lecturer in Information Studies. Jessie will initially be teaching in the area of Collections and continuing in her existing research practices. Jessie has a PhD from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), a Master of Arts (Information & Knowledge Management) from UTS and a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) from the University of Adelaide. Jessie's doctoral research focused on the archival practices of subcultural communities and how these practices further temporal and spatial understandings of archives. She has published in Archives and Manuscripts, the Journal of Library Innovation, The Conversation and Artlink. Jessie has lectured and tutored in the Information Studies programs at both CSU and UTS. Jessie also extensive professional experience, including positions held as a Web Manager at the Australian Tax Office, Archivist at a small community archive, Data Archivist at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Data Archive, Information Management Consultant on an AusAID Pacific Governance project overseas, and prior to starting at CSU was a Research Officer at the UTS Centre for Local Government, with a research focus on public libraries.
Prof Philip Hider has been awarded a part-time secondment worth $150,000 by the Australian Government's Office for Learning & Teaching (OLT) to develop 'an effective, accessible and sustainable digital repository of OLT learning and teaching resources.' The secondment will build on a project that Prof Hider and his team completed in 2015 for the OLT, which reorganised and reindexed the OLT's online Resource Library. Other members of that project team will also be involved in this new project, including Pru Mitchell, Manager of Information Services at the Australian Council for Educational Research. The project aims to develop a costed proposal for a sustainable repository that meets the sector's needs and protects existing resources, as well as to engage stakeholders in the future of the repository and its assets. It will address sustainable solutions for a repository that is accessible, discoverable and usable, and that meets current standards for content, researcher identifiers, technical infrastructure, indexing, metadata, information architecture and archiving.