Congratulations to Janette Telford, who, at the recent ALIA Library Technicians Conference was awarded the ALIA Library Technician Research Award. This award is sponsored by the School of Information Studies, and provides Janette with an opportunity to undertake a particular project of relevance to the role of library technicians in the broad library and information profession.
Janette's project is to see if there is a career path for Library Technicians or must they upgrade their qualifications to Librarian or Teacher Librarian to progress in the profession. It is important to obtain an overview of the current state of the library and information management sector in relation to both Library Technicians and Librarians. Also the project will include comparing Library Technicians who have upgraded their qualifications to other degrees and those Library Technicians who have not.
Janette is the loans coordinator at Australian Catholic University, North Sydney Campus. She has been involved with ALIA for more than 15 years, is an ALIA Associate Fellow, and has presented papers at numerous Library Technician Conferences, including Rivers of Opportunities and other workshops run by the ALIA Library Technician NSW Group.
For two years (1989-1990) Janette was a volunteer at the Atenisi University in Tonga. During that time she catalogued the university's library material, conducted library education classes in both the university and high school, helped to organise library week for the island of Tongatapu (including a performance before the King of Tonga's grandchildren!) Since then she has been involved in numerous activities including in 2000 supervising customer service staff during the Olympics and working in the Olympic Village in the library during the Paralympics.
Mary Anne Kennan received an Honourable Mention for her PhD thesis from the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T). Her thesis is titled Reassembling Scholarly Publishing: Open Access, Institutional Repositories and the Process of Change http://unsworks.unsw.edu.au/vital/access/manager/Repository/unsworks:3488
As a part of the award she was invited to participate in the 2009 ASIS&T Doctoral Seminar for Research and Career Development at the 2009 ASIS&T Annual Meeting in Vancouver in November.
Dr. Anne Lloyd from the School of Information Studies has returned from Sweden, where she delivered the keynote address at Motesplats infor framtiden (translated as Meeting place). This conference is aimed at Scandinavian information science researchers and library practitioners. Anne also presented research seminars for staff and students at the Swedish Library and Information Science School at Hogskolan I Boras. While in Sweden, Anne also participated in a two day research planning meeting for the International Information Literacy Research group at the University of Gothenburg, funded by an EU Nordforsk grant. The group's membership is made up of researchers from Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Denmark and the UK. While in Hogskolan I Boras, it snowed causing a flurry of photos!
The SIS Research Development Committee (RDC) has announced the Sally Burford the winner of the Doctoral paper award for 2007-2008. Sally's topic was "Understanding How Organisations Achieve Effective Web Information Architecture using a Grounded Theory Approach."
CONGRATULATIONS SALLY once again.
Asim Qayyum/Ying-Hsang - Oz-IA in Sydney, Oct 2009.
Asim Qayyum/Roy Sanders/Bob Pymm/Damian Lodge at Lib Tech in Adelaide, Sep 2009.
Mary Anne Kennan & Bob Pymm - IIM Conference, Canberra, Oct 2009.
Anne Lloyd - Motesplats infor framtiden, Sweden, Oct 2009.
Bob Pymm -
Television archiving - managing the move from analogue to digital" LIDA (Libraries in the Digital Age) Conference, Zadar, Croatia 25-30 May 2009 http://www.ffos.hr/lida/lida2009/
"Realistic expectations? The distance learning experience of undergraduate Library and Information Studies students over their first year of study" ALIA Library and Information Technicians" Conference, Adelaide, September 2009 http://conferences.alia.org.au/libtec2009/Documents%20for%20Links/Pymm-ALIA09.pdf
"A virtual archive: The September 11 Digital Archive at George Mason University, Virginia, USA." Australian Society of Archivists Conference, Brisbane, October 16 2009 (paper not yet available)
Philip Hider/Bob Pymm/Damian Lodge - "Empowering users: what we can do to facilitate creation, discovery, sue and transformation of our collections?" Hobart, Nov 5 2009.
Roy Crotty - ASLA National Conference,Perth &RIVPAT TL conference, Leeton, Nov 2009.
The School of Information Studies presented their annual award, the John H Lee award for excellence in the use of technology, at the ASLA(NSW) February PD occasion to Cecily Trevillion of St John's High School Nowra.