Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University


July 2010 News from the school

Visiting Professor Heidi Julien

Professor Heidi Julien from the School of Library and Information Studies in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta, Canada visits the School of Information Studies (SIS) in June and July for six weeks.

Dr Bob Pymm & Prof Heidi Julien
Pictured: Dr Bob Pymm (CSU) & Prof Heidi Julien

During her visiting at SIS, Professor Julien has presented several seminars and workshops to the academics and practitioners across CSU campuses. Her major seminar, entitled "Twenty-First Century Citizenship at Risk: A Challenge for us All" deals with the fact that many people are over-confident in their ability to find relevant and reliable information. In an era when full democratic and social participation depends so heavily on information literacy, full participation may be compromised by the gap between confidence and ability. This seminar attracted 22 participants from Wagga Wagga, Bathurst, Melbourne, Canberra and Albury-Wodonga, via face-to-face, Skype session, telephone and video-conferencing.

In addition to major and introductory seminars, Professor Julien had a joint workshop with Dr Bob Pymm, entitled "Behind the Curtain: Getting Published in Top Tier Journals, and workshops on "Writing Effective Grant and Research Proposals" and "Graduate Student Supervision: The Best We Can Be." She also presented a paper: "Twenty-first Century Citizenship: The Role of Canada's Public Libraries" at Media, Democracy and Change, the 2010 Australian New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) Conference, University of Canberra, July 7-9, 2010.

As well as being a professor, Professor Julien is the Graduate Studies Coordinator for her School.  She is also the Editor of the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science, a quality journal in the field.  Her research interests centre particularly on information access with information behaviour, information literacy and information policy being crucial component areas.