Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University


September 2009 News

SIS Announces New Curriculum

Read about how the School is expanding the curriculum of its three main courses.

Bachelor of Information Studies

The School of Information Studies has the largest and most successful information programs in Australia, and we offer the Bachelor of Information Studies by Distance Education only. This revitalised and expanded degree provides a core information studies component, along with optional specialisations in:

  • Librarianship;
  • Information and Knowledge Management;
  • Records and Archives Management

The BIS is open to school leavers, to TAFE Library Technician graduates, and to anyone with an interest in working in the library and information professions. For school leavers, another option is to complete a degree in another area and then study the Master of Information Studies part-time with CSU to gain your professional library qualification.

Most study materials and interactions are online, and students must have quality access to the internet in order to complete course requirements. The BIS has one compulsory Residential School of 3-4 days, held in Wagga Wagga at the beginning of each year.

Master of Information Studies

The School of Information Studies has the largest and most successful information programs in Australia, offering a comprehensive program that fits prospective graduates to a wide range of information related careers. The entire postgraduate program, all available via distance education, during 2009 has been revised and expanded to provide a focused core of study comprising nine compulsory subjects, along with a four subject optional specialisation in:

  • Librarianship;
  • Children's Librarianship;
  • Library Leadership;
  • Community Networking;
  • Information and Knowledge Management;
  • Records and Archives Management and
  • Applied Research

The MIS is open to those with an undergraduate degree in any discipline. Students may exit the Masters course after completion of the core nine subjects with a Graduate Diploma or go on to complete the Masters degree by taking four more subjects which may be focused on one of the specialisations above or from across the range of subjects offered for those who do not wish to specialise.

Most study materials and interactions are online, and students must have quality access to the internet in order to complete course requirements. Study is usually taken on a part-time basis following a recommended program but there is considerable flexibility available in order to meet the needs of those wishing to take a different approach.

Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship)

As a result of the school review undertaken by the School of Information Studies in 2008 and the subsequent curriculum renewal process undertaken in 2009, a number of changes to the Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship) program have been approved for commencement in 2010.

The admission criteria for the Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship) program have been altered so that four year trained teachers no longer require one year of teaching experience before they enter this course. Three year trained teachers with one year's teaching experience are now eligible to apply for entry to the Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship). As a consequence the Master of Applied Science (Teacher Librarianship), which included the Graduate Diploma in Education (Teacher Librarianship) as an exit point, is being phased out.

The number of subjects in the Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship) program has been reduced from nine to eight. The two four point subjects, ETL510 Professional Experience and ETL506 Professional Portfolio, have been combined into one eight point subject, ETL507 Professional Experience/Professional Portfolio, in the new course structure. All subjects are now eight points and the course is sixty-four points.

Two restricted electives, ETL525 Knowledge Management and ETL411 ICT Experience, are being made obsolete and replaced with INF441 Principles of Knowledge Management and INF506 Social Networking for Information Professionals. Most subjects are undergoing some revision. As subjects are now offered almost entirely online and with a range of avenues of online communication and instruction, optional residential schools will no longer be offered from 2010. In the future there may be some optional off campus workshops in locations such as Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.

From 2010 the structure of the Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship) program will be:

Core subjects

  • ETL401 Teacher Librarianship
  • ETL501 Information Environment
  • ETL503 Resourcing the Curriculum
  • ETL504 Teacher Librarian as Leader
  • EER500 Introduction to Educational Research
  • ETL507 Professional Experience/Professional Portfolio
  • ETL505 Bibliographic Standards in Education

Restricted elective subjects (choose one of the following)

  • ETL402 Literature in Education
  • ETL523 Information Policy Issues
  • INF441 Principles of Knowledge Management
  • INF506 Social Networking for Information Professionals

Internal survey confirms that WE ARE THE NUMBER ONE!

The School of Information Studies has surveyed the 2006-2008 issues of the sixteen Library and Information Studies journals ranked A* for the ERA exercise. It found that of the 53 articles authored by researchers from Australian universities with LIS schools or departments, 19 (32%) emanated from CSU. SIS was the leading contributor by a long way - second was UTS with 12. A high proportion of staff in SIS are publishing at A and A* levels.

New SIS Staff Members

SIS welcomes two new staff members, Dr. Ying-Hsang Liu and Dr. Kim Thompson.

Ying-Hsang has recently completed his doctorate at Rutgers University in the field of information retrieval. He has teaching experience at Rutgers and Pratt Institute (New York), and has been involved in various research projects with faculty at Rutgers. He has an MA in Linguistics from the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan, and a BA in Library Science from the National Taiwan University. Dr. Ying-Hsang will be based in Wagga.

Kim M. Thompson received her MS and PhD degrees in Library and Information Studies from the Florida State University (FSU) and her BA in English from the Brigham Young University (BYU). Dr. Thompson has been an associate researcher for the Information Use Management & Policy Institute at FSU, a visiting instructor at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and an Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, where she also worked with the university's Information Experience Lab doing usability analysis. Dr. Thompson has taught at the post-secondary level since 1995 and her research focuses on subjects related to physical, intellectual, and social information access.

Visiting Professor for 2010 ~ Prof Heidi Julien

Professor Heidi Julien of the School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta, Canada to visit SIS as a visiting professor in 2010.

The School of Information Studies has been successful in their funding application to CRGT to support a 2010 visit of.  Professor Julien has similar research interests to those of a number of SIS staff and is a highly respected academic in the field of Library and Information Studies.  The application was supported by eleven staff in the SIS, including the three proposers, Kirsty Williamson, Joy McGregor and Philip Hider.  The total amount of money applied for has been awarded

Report from Annemaree Lloyd on Information Literacy

Dr Annemaree Lloyd recently led a discussion around information literacy and talked about how Information literacy has been proclaimed by UNESCO as core literacy for the 21st century and one that underpins other forms of literacy.
"The concept of information literacy has been written about in the library and information science, school library and lifelong learning sectors for over 30 years. However, the practice of information literacy remains under-theorized and most research in this area is approached from a library-centric perspective that focuses on the individual and skill development, rather that attempting to identify the underlying socio-cultural dimensions that enable or constrain its emergence."

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Fullbright Press Release

Dr. Kim M. Thompson, Lecturer at Charles Sturt University, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at the Universidad Pedagogica Nacional Francisco Morazon (UPNFM) of Honduras during the 2009-2010 academic year, according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Dr. Thompson will help develop curricula and teach courses in the library science degree program at the UPNFM as a means to strengthen the information infrastructure of Honduras and provide improved information access for Hondurans throughout the nation through better librarianship in school, public, academic, and special libraries.

Dr. Thompson is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U. S. Scholar Program.

The Fulbright Program, America's flagship international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has provided approximately 294,000 people - 108,160 Americans who have studies, taught or researched abroad and 178,340 students, scholars and teachers from other countries who have engaged in similar activities in the United States - with the opportunity to observe each others' political, economic, educational and cultural institutions, to exchange ideas and to embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world's inhabitants. The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.

Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. Among the thousands of prominent Fulbright alumni are: Muhammad Yunus, Managing Director and Founder, Grameen Bank, and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006; Javier Solana, Foreign Policy Chief, European Union; Ruth Simmons, President, Brown University; Craig Barrett, Chairman of the Board, Intel Corporation; Alejandro Jara, Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organization; Raoul Cantero, Justice, Florida Supreme Court; Renee Fleming, soprano; Gish Jen, Writer; Daniel Libeskind, Architect; Aneesh Raman, CNN Middle East Correspondent; and Sibusiso Sibisi, President and CEO, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in South Africa.

Fulbright recipients are among over 40,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. For more than sixty years, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has supported programs that seek to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright U.S. Scholars Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.

For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, please visit our website at or contact James A. Lawrence, Office of Academic Exchange Programs, telephone 202-453-8531, or email