The School of Information Studies held a morning tea to welcome Professor Lisa Given in July. Following an international search, Dr Lisa Given has been appointed to the position of Professor of Information Studies.
Dr Given was a Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta. She was a former Director, and now a Distinguished Scholar, of the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology, and held research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, and other agencies. She has received numerous research awards and published widely on topics related to individuals' information behaviours and qualitative inquiry. Dr Given also serves on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Institute for Research in Computing and the Arts. Recent projects include the SSHRC-funded studies, 'Participatory design for a visually-based drug information interface: Web usability in the context of consumers' health information behaviours' and 'Just what do they do? Studying the usage of online text analysis tools', as well as the CIHR-funded project, 'H1N1 knowledge translation for pregnant women & seniors'. Dr Given has published more than 70 books, chapters and articles, and is editor of The Sage Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods (2008) and co-editor of Critical theory for library and information science: Exploring the social from across the disciplines (2010).
The School of Information Studies at CSU greatly looks forward to working with Dr Given, who will be playing a key role in the continued development of its research capacity.
June 16, 2011 Dr Kim M. Thompson of the School of Information Studies (and Fulbright Scholar 2010) presented a virtual seminar for the US Embassy in Mexico. More than 291 participants from Mexico to Chile and all countries in-between (plus Romania!) were part of the seminar which discussed skills and knowledge the information professional of the 21st Century needs to have ("Nuevos habilidades y conocimientos para el bibliotecario exitoso del siglo XXI") based on lessons Dr Thompson has learned working in Latin America, the US, and Australia.
The seminar (in Spanish) is available on the US Embassy website http://www.usembassy-mexico.gov/bbf/bfbibconsulta.htm
Dr Ashley Freeman of School of Information Studies presented the 2011 ASLA (NSW) and Charles Sturt University John H. Lee Memorial Award to Jane Pretty and Sharon McGuinness. Jane and Sharon, both primary teacher librarians, took advantage of the DET (Department of Education & Training) Connected Classrooms, and through using videoconferencing and Brigit software, brought young writers together to learn with author Sandy Fussell together.
(L to R) Ashley Freeman, Sharon McGuinness and Jane Pretty
Janette Telford, winner of the 2009 ALIA Library Technician Award, presented her findings at the 2011 Library Technicians Conference in Perth. Janette had been researching her topic, Is there a career path for Library Technicians.
The School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University, sponsored the award. Her final report will be issued soon and in the meantime some of her research can be found on her wiki at http://ltcareerpath.wikispaces.com/
(L to R) Damian Lodge, Janette Telford and Roy Sanders at the 2011 Library Technicians Conference in Perth