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.
Dr Ni Win Zaw, Head of the Department of Library and Information Science at the University of Yangon in Myanmar visited the School on 4 April to discuss the ways in which digital library issues could be best covered in the LIS curriculum. Dr Zaw (centre) was accompanied by Ms Roxanne Missingham (front left), University Librarian at the Australian National University.
At the launch of the ALIA-CSU Relevance 2020 project report, which took place during the 2017 Information Online conference in Sydney, Professor Philip Hider spoke about the importance of practitioners and academics working together to focus on applied research topics that were of practical importance to today's library and information profession. The report was the outcome of a series of consultations with practitioners and researchers from across the sector, which discussed how research could focus more on the needs of practice. The six one-day events organised by CSU and the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) were held in state capitals around Australia between September and November 2016. The project's final report details a wide range of areas that practitioners felt needed urgent research, illustrated by examples of specific questions; the report also suggests ways in which collaborative research between practitioners and academics could be better supported. Prof Hider noted the many promising conversations between members of the profession and the academy that were started in last year's workshops, and looked forward to their evolution into tangible, and relevant, research projects. The report is available on the ALIA website.
The Australian Society of Archivists (ASA) and Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia (RIMPA) have both reaccredited SIS courses for another five years. The ASA has reaccredited the records and archives management specialisations in both the School's Bachelors and Masters of Information Studies, while RIMPA has reaccredited both the BIS and MIS degrees as a whole. The School looks forward to working closely with both organisations over the next five years to ensure that its records and archives curricula reflect industry needs and trends.
Congratulations to Jan Richards, an alumna of the School, who was awarded an AM (Member of the Order of Australia) in the 2017 Australia Day Honours List 'for significant service to library and information management through executive roles with professional associations'. Jan is Manager, Central West Libraries, and has been a leading light in the library and information profession at state, national and international levels for many years. She also delivered the occasional address at the School' graduation ceremony in 2011.
In August and December CSU School of Information holds its graduation ceremonies. These ceremonies mark the beginning of the next stage in the lives of our graduands. As staff we find graduation one of the most joyous times of the year. We join our students as they don their gowns to celebrate with their friends and families an important rite of passage as they receive their testamurs confirming their learning and attainment of formal qualifications and accreditation to work in our industry. Congratulations to all our 2016 graduates!
We also look forward to celebrating those students who throughout their study demonstrate an exceptional standard of work and commitment in our information studies courses. Below we list and recognise those exceptional students, the CSU prize winners for 2016.
ALIA Student Award – Erin Davey - Bachelor of Information Studies (Information and Knowledge Management)
ALIA Student Award –Ruth Butcher– Graduate Diploma in Information Studies
ALIA Student Award – Amanda Lucas – Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship)
ALIA Student Award – Janette Pelosi – Master of Information Studies (Leadership)
Australian Society of Archivists - Margaret Jennings Award – Colleen Sippo - Master of Information Studies (Records and Archives Management)
Institute for Information Management Prize – Jutta May – Master of Information Studies of Information Studies (Information and Knowledge Management)
SAGE Research Prize – Elizabeth McLoughlin - Master of Information Studies
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.
2016 Recipients - Graduating Students:
Georgena Bowmer - Bachelor of Information Studies (Librarianship)
Jennifer Pendlebury – Master of Information Studies (Librarianship)
Hyacinth Steele – Master of Education (Knowledge Networks and Digital Innovation)
Lea Morton – Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship)
Natalie Spain – Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship)
From left to right: Professor Philip Hider, Head of School; Colleen Sippo; Natalie Spain; Hyacinth Steele; Georgena Bowmer; Jutta May; Janette Pelosi; Erin Davey; and Dr Asim Qayyum, Associate Course Director and IIM representative. Photo credit: Tehani Croft, Lecturer.
Tehani Croft has joined the staff of CSU as a lecturer in teacher librarianship. Tehani attained a Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship) from CSU and comes to the university after more than a decade working in school libraries across Australia and with related associations including ASLA and CBCA. Tehani has lectured and tutored for ECU, Curtin and CSU, and has published in Access, ic3 and Connections. She is passionate about school libraries, teacher education, and literature for young people, and has judged for the CBCA Book of the Year, the WA Premier's Book Awards and the Aurealis Awards. Prior to commencing at CSU, Tehani was the Head of Information Services at Marist College Canberra.
With great sadness, the School acknowledges the passing of Dr Sigrid McCausland on 30 November 2016. Dr McCausland was a Senior Lecturer in the School, joining CSU in 2009 to establish a new records and archives management specialisation as part of an expanded Information Studies curriculum. The development and growth of this specialisation has been remarkable success story, demonstrating Sigrid's deep expertise in archival science, her skills as an educator, and her enormous passion and commitment to the cause of archives education.
Sigrid contributed to the life of the School in many positive ways. More broadly, she was highly influential in the development of higher education for the records and archives sector and in the wider information world. Sigrid was recently conferred as a Fellow of the Australian Society of Archivists in recognition of her wonderful contribution to the archival profession over many years. In fact, Sigrid's contributions to the intellectual life of Australia were many and her research reflected her keen intellect and deep commitment to social justice. Her research focused on how archives and other cultural institutions interact with their publics. Her publications reflected this interest and included works on the history of archives and the archival profession, the use of Indigenous records, and records and archives education. Sigrid served as University Archivist at both the University of Technology, Sydney and the Australian National University, where she successfully spearheaded the fight to save the Noel Butlin Archives Centre, and later served as Education Officer for the Australian Society of Archivists.
We, her friends and colleagues at CSU, will always be thankful to Sigrid for her humour, her clear and insightful perspective on our work, her no-holds-barred approach to injustice, and for the example she set as a dedicated, consummate professional. Messages of condolence can be left at the School's Facebook page. Our thoughts are with Sigrid's partner, Phil Griffiths, and her family and many friends.
The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has granted Gold Reaccreditation to the School's three main programs, namely the Bachelor of Information Studies (BIS), the Master of Information Studies (MIS), and the Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship). The Reaccreditation is until December 2021 and covers both the generic BIS and MIS degrees as well as their specialisation awards; it also covers the Teacher Librarianship qualification, which has recently undergone a rigorous process of curriculum renewal. ALIA's Gold level of accreditation involves the scrutiny of a visiting Reaccreditation Panel.
Congratulations to A/Prof Philip Hider for winning the Best Paper in Knowledge Organization Award for volume 42, 2015. His article was entitled, "Survey of the Coverage and Methodologies of Schemas and Vocabularies Used to Describe Information Resources," and reported on the domain areas of the various metadata schemas and vocabularies published on the Web, and the methodological approaches employed in their development. Knowledge Organization is published by the International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO).
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.