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April 2011 News from the school

Dr James Herring Publishes New Book

Dr James Herring from the School of Information Studies has published his new book Improving Students' Web Use and Information Literacy: A guide for teachers and teacher librarians.

James HerringThe web is now an integral part of students' lives in school and in society, and they need to be ever more web alert in order to gain the most from their education. What teachers and teacher librarians badly need to help them achieve this is a professional tool that combines knowledge and use of the web, Web 2.0 tools and information literacy for schools.

This book fulfils that need by providing a practical guide to using the web effectively in order to enhance learning and teaching in schools. It does this by focusing on the knowledge and skills needed by teachers and teacher librarians to be information literate web users and to develop these abilities in their students. It then focuses on using Web 2.0 tools to create learning resources for students which will develop them as reflective web learners as well as web users.

Full details can be found at the publisher's website, including the Table of Contents and Chapter 1 as free pdf downloads.

Dr Kim Thompson, Fulbright Scholar, School of Information Studies

Dr Kim M. Thompson recently returned from Honduras where she was part of a nine month Fulbright Scholarship to assist in designing a Library and Information Science curriculum for the Universidad Pedagogica Nacional Francisco Morazan (UPNFM). As a consultant on the project she helped coordinate a national review into the need for the Master's program and then assisted in writing a proposal to develop the program with a strong teaching and research focus, using competency-based learning modules as required in the Graduate and Curriculum Department specifications. Kim also created an online subject for the university related to the management of information organizations. The program was approved internally before she left at the end of October and will be put forward for national approval in January.

While in Honduras Kim was invited to sit pro tem on the Directive Board of the Honduran Librarian and Documentalist Association (Asociacion de Bibliotecarios y Documentalistas de Honduras or ABIDH) and, in that capacity, update the ABIDH association website and help coordinate the annual ABIDH conference in Tegucigalpa, participating as a plenary speaker and workshop presenter in August of 2010. Kim Thompson In addition, during her time in Honduras she was invited to provide training for the Honduran National Judicial Archivists, present at Compartir volunteer public librarian and Price Charities school librarian workshops, provide academic librarianship training at the UPNFM-Tegucigalpa and UPNFM-San Pedro Sula libraries, and was invited by the U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua to give a plenary presentation and workshops at a Public Library Conference in Managua, Nicaragua.

Kim (right) sits on panel discussion of international Library Science issues with colleagues Dr. Denice Adkins (center) from the University of Missouri, USA and Wilson Castano Munoz (left) from the Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia during the 2010 ABIDH Conference.

SIS Welcomes Richard Wartho, Full-time Doctoral Candidate

Richard Wartho recently commenced a PhD in the School of Information Studies and is the School's first full-time doctoral candidate, having been awarded an Australian Post-Graduate scholarship (APA).

His research topic is 'Funding Regimes and Researcher Behaviour: an Information Practice Approach' and his supervisors are Dr Annemaree Lloyd and Professor Stephen Kemmis. Richard is particularly interested in the impacts of ERA, Information Literacy, Bibliometrics, Practice Theory and Information Management. Before returning to full-time study Richard held various positions in university libraries in New Zealand, Hong Kong and Australia. In addition to research he also maintains 'healthy' interests in sport, mountains and fine wine.