Library and Information Science (LIS) education has been offered at Charles Sturt University and its predecessor institutions since 1975. The School of Information Studies is itself over 30 years old, and is now the only school amongst Australian universities devoted to Library and Information Science education and research. Its 'headquarters' is Building 5 on the Charles Sturt University's Wagga Wagga campus, about 400 km south-west of Sydney, NSW.
The School currently has around 2,000 students enrolled in the Bachelors and Masters of Information Studies, the Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship) and other specialist courses. It also has fifteen full-time academic staff, teaching and researching in a wide range of LIS subfields, many adjunct and sessional staff, and a large cohort of PhD students.
Congratulations to SIS Lecturer Jessie Lymn, who has been appointed to the Council of the Australian Society of Archivists (ASA) for the next 12 months. Jessie says she is excited to have been given the opportunity to contribute to the ASA at a strategic level, and also honoured to follow in the footsteps of the late Sigrid McCausland, the foundation lecturer in Archival Studies in the School.
The School was well represented at the recent ASA Annual Conference in Perth, WA. SIS Adjunct Dr Janine Douglas represented the School, while a number of current students were also in attendance. Congratulations to SIS BIS alumni and current MIS student Debra Leigo for receiving the Sharman Award from the ASA for support to attend the Conference, and to current BIS student Crispian Winsor for receiving a CSU Conference and Professional Membership Grant to attend. Crispian said that ‘one of the areas of the conference that benefited me greatly was meeting other students from CSU.… I don’t get to talk about archiving with many people among my circle of friends so to talk about archiving for several days and learn from others who are in the field was fantastic.’
Congratulations to current MIS student Naomi Franks who was awarded the 2018 Loris Williams Scholarship offered by the Australian Society of Archivists (ASA) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who wish to train for careers in archives and records management. Scholarship winners receive financial assistance and mentoring support from the ASA. The Scholarship is named after Loris Williams, who was the first Aboriginal person from Queensland to gain professional archival qualifications and only the second Aboriginal person to do so.
Congratulations to Dr Jessie Lymn, Lecturer in SIS, who has been awarded a place in the 2018 Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellowship Mentoring Scheme for outstanding early career researchers. The Scheme is fully funded by the Australian Research Council. Jessie will attend the Scheme’s workshops in December. More details at http://news.csu.edu.au/latest-news/arts-and-culture/mentoring-opportunities-for-two-csu-researchers.
Professor Hider has been elected to the role of Deputy Presiding Officer of Academic Senate for its 2018-2020 term. He will assist the Interim Chair, Emeritus Professor Joyce Kirk, in implementing the various recommendations concerning CSU’s academic governance made in the ‘Winchester Report’, which were recently adopted by University Council.
Drs Jessie Lymn and Kasey Garrison have received funding from the City of Wagga Wagga’s Annual Grants Program to deliver workshops in the local community, working with local zine artist and School of Information Studies graduate Kate Allman. The project seeks to develop the literacy and communication skills of regional youth through workshops that aim to facilitate the self-publishing of graphic novels and zines – non-traditional formats that develop a range of different literacies. The main goal of this project is to support the youth at a local education centre in building important literacy skills and confidence.
During the workshop the youth will create zines to be published and shared with other youth and the community based on a locally identified social issue. A library of graphic novels will also be purchased for the centre, and students will be introduced to the valuable resources and services at the Wagga Wagga City Library.
Each year the School of Information Studies and CSU Regional Archives (CSURA) jointly offer a scholarship for a student to undertake fieldwork in the Regional Archives. The scholarship is an excellent opportunity for the student to gain practical work experience in their chosen field. This year the scholarship has been awarded to Masters of Information Studies (Records and Archives Management) student Tamara Jones, who will travel to Wagga Wagga to undertake the scholarship in late 2018, with a focus on the community service records held by the Archives. Congratulations Tamara!
School of Information Studies Master of Information Studies student Toby Mobbs will be working with Dr Jessie Lymn and the staff of the CSU Regional Archives (CSURA) to develop a digital library of student media publications produced over CSU’s history. The Rivcoll student publication Hungappa was first published in 1989, and an almost complete collection of physical and digitised copies is held by the CSURA in Wagga Wagga. For almost 30 years Hungappa has documented the student experience at CSU and provides a unique history of higher education in a regional area. A similar print publication, MCC Bytes, is available to students at the Albury-Wodonga Campus.
Building on the success of Toby’s 2015 digitisation project, the current project will provide online access to past and current issues of Hungappa and MCC Bytes through the development of a digital library hosted by the CSURA, and work towards an online exhibition throughout 2019, marking the 30th anniversary of Hungappa. This digital library will be updated with future issues as they are published, creating a stable publishing environment for the student media publications as well as an historical record.
The School welcomes Dr Karen Gavigan, Associate Professor in the School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina in USA as a visitor. Karen’s research interests include the use of graphic novels in schools, and the ways in which school library programs and school library resources impact student learning. Karen is Chair of the Joint committee of the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Standing Committee for School Libraries. She is co-author of the book, Connecting Comics to the Curriculum: Strategies for Grades 6 to 12 (Libraries Unlimited), and co-editor of the book Literacy Behind Bars: Successful Reading and Writing Strategies for Use with Incarcerated Youth and Adults (Rowman & Littlefield Pub., Inc.). Karen is working with Dr Kasey Garrison and Dr Jessie Lymn as well as presenting seminars on a variety of topics.
The School of Information Studies would like to publicly congratulate two students who recently received Executive Dean’s Awards. These awards acknowledge outstanding academic performance. Well done to Lisa Hampshire (Master of Education (Knowledge Networks and Digital Innovation)) and Cassandra Kohle (Master of Information Studies).
We would like to congratulate SIS CSU doctoral candidate Bec Muir who has been invited to join the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) "Policy Working Group - Library and information services for people with a disability". The work of the policy working group ties in directly with Bec's PhD work focussing on library service provision for people with an invisible disability. Commencing in April, the working group will work to update and revise the ALIA principles, statement, and guidelines on library services and standards for people with disabilities. This revision is anticipated to be presented to the board in October 2018.