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October-November

SIS sponsors the SLAQ-IASL Conference in Brisbane, 27 Sept - 1 October 2010


SLAQ_IASL ConferenceThe School of information Studies (SIS) is proud to be sponsoring the joint conference of the School Library Association of Queensland (SLAQ) and the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL). We welcome all international IASL conference participants to Australia - it is a lovely time of year to explore the delights of the beautiful river city of Brisbane.
The School has provided SLAQ-IASL participants with a handy pocket size conference program. In addition we are undertaking the videorecording of a selection of conference sessions in order that SLAQ and IASL members not attending the conference can experience some of the highlights of the conference.

CSU offers a range of teacher librarianship and library-information management courses in distance mode.

November intake into MIS and MEdTL programs

For the first time, the School will offer entry into two of its programs in the third session, which runs from November to February. The closing date for applications into the Master of Information Studies and Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship) is 31st October 2010. Commonwealth Government Supported (CGS) places are available in both programs. Both courses are accredited as professional qualifications by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA).

  • Master of Information Studies
  • Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship) 

SIS Staff Recent Publications

Two SIS academics, Kirsty Williamson and MaryAnne Kennan, have articles in a special issue of Library and Information Science Research, which is ARC ERA A* ranked journal in library and information studies.

Williamson, K., & Roberts, J. (2010). Developing and sustaining a sense of place: The role of social information. Library & Information Science Research, 32(4), 281-287.

Wilson, C. S., Kennan, M. A., Willard, P., & Boell, S. K. (2010) Fifty years of LIS education in Australia: Academization of LIS educators in higher education institutions. Library & Information Science Research, 32(4), 246-257.

Other recent articles by SIS academics include:

Lloyd, A. (2010) Framing information literacy as information practice: Site ontology and practice theory, Journal of Documentation, 66(2), 245-258.

Pymm, B. (2010). Archives and Web 2.0: The example of the September 11 digital archive. Archives and Manuscripts, 38(1), 13-26.

Doctoral Student Terry Asla receives the School's Best Student Paper Award for 2009-2010

Terry Asla, a PhD student in the School of Information Studies, has received the School's best student paper award for 2009-2010. This was for an article he wrote with his supervisor, based on the work of both. Terry's made a significant contribution to the article which is in an ARC ERA ranked A* journal:
Williamson, K. & Asla, T. (2009). Information behavior of people in the fourth age: Implications for the conceptualization of information literacy. Library and Information Science Research, 31(2), 76-83.
Congratulations Terry! .

SIS Presence at RMAA Conference

Students in the records and archives specialisations of the Bachelor and Master of Information Studies attended inForum, the conference of the Records Management Association of Australasia (RMAA) held at the Gold Coast in early September.RMAAThis year's conference theme was 'Information continuity: Safeguarding business and community identity'. Some students were able to take advantage of the RMAA's offer of free student registrations. Student Debra Leigo and staff member Sigrid McCausland took part in a panel session on 'Surviving online education' at the RMAA's Education Special Interest Group meeting on 5 September. Sigrid presented a paper 'Safeguarding access: community expectations and access to online and local sources' in the main conference program the following day.

L-R: Students Ellen Hennessy (Tasmania), Sandra Liddle (Queensland) and Debra Leigo (New South Wales) with lecturer Dr Sigrid McCausland at the RMAA conference.

SIS Research Team receives CSU Competative Grant

Congratulations to Dr Anne Lloyd, Dr Mary Anne Kennan, Dr Asim Qayyum and Ms Suzanne Lipu who have been successful in their application for a CSU Competitive Grant. The project entitled, 'Information, social inclusion and informed participation: Exploring the information practices of settlers,' investigates the relationship between settler's information experiences and their participation in Australian life. The study focuses on how settlers new information experiences are reconciled against their own cultural understandings of information and its provision. The results will inform an information literacy framework to guide the community information education programs of regional public libraries and community support agencies.

IFLA 2010

Dr Bob PymmSeveral members of staff attended the IFLA conference in Gothenburg this year. Dr Bob Pymm (pictured) presented a paper with Dr Primoz Juznic from the University of Ljubljana on student placements in the E-learning session. At the same session, two recent CSU graduates, Corrinne Hills and Rebecca Randle, delivered a paper on using e-portfolios for the workplace. Dr James Herring attended the conference as well as The Future of School Libraries preconference. A/Prof Philip Hider (Head of School) attended the conference and presented a paper about the School's program of curriculum renewal at the IFLA-ALISE-EUCLID preconference on Cooperation and Collaboration in Teaching and research: Trends in Library and Information Studies Education, held at the University of Boras.

Sweden was one of the major ports of call in a hectic period of travel for the Head of School, which also included visits to the JCDL/ICADL conference on the Gold Coast for the Global Collaboration of I-Schools workshop, and  the Public Libraries NSW Country 2010 Conference in Albury.