Dr France Bouthillier, Associate Professor and Director of the School of Information Studies at McGill University, joined us on 29 February to present her research into the phenomenon of cyber-bullying. In her seminar, Cyber-bullying, Public Spaces and IT/Telecom Companies: A Review of Issues and Solutions for Librarians, Dr Bouthillier spoke about the growing public concern for problems stemming from Cyber-bullying. The thought provoking research seminar outlined the different types of bullying that are taking place, from cyber-stalking, happy slapping, outing and internet polling to impersonating. Dr Bouthillier challenged those in attendance to think about the issues for librarians and school teachers tasked with responsibility of managing access to many of the public services and spaces where cyber-bullying is initiated.
The seminar was well attended by both an in-house and a virtual audience at CSU campus. The virtual attendees had the opportunity to speak with Dr Bouthillier by videolink. Local media from the Daily Advertiser attended and reported the news: http://www.dailyadvertiser.com.au/news/local/news/general/cyberbullying-back-in-the-spotlight/2472982.aspx
The School of Information Studies Research Seminar Series commenced in February with presentations from visiting scholars, Dr Tina Du (University of South Australia) and Associate Professor France Bouthillier (McGill University).
On 15 February Dr Du, joined us from the School of Computer and Information Science, University of South Australia to present the results from an extensive study into human Web search behaviour. The research seminar, Multitasking and Cognitive Coordinating Behaviours in Web Search, reported how people organise and multitask Web searching across multiple information problems. The results of the study demonstrate the prevalence of sophisticated multitasking, cognitive coordination and strategic planning across the information problems people bring to Web search. In the afternoon, Dr Du took extra time out to present a workshop on the methods, techniques and tools applied in her study.
These two sessions provided SIS with a unique opportunity to receive an overview of both research results and also be instructed in the research processes that led to those results.
The residential school for new undergraduates was held in Wagga from February 9-11th. Around 100 students attended and we were fortunate in that the weather was pleasant - not too hot. The three days were packed with teaching and learning activities filling up each day 9-5, followed by social activities - a BBQ on campus to meet informally all staff on Thursday night and a dinner/dance at the Union Hotel in Wagga with a live band and a particularly fine meal.
Everyone got a lot out of the three days and are hopefully now all fired up to get stuck into the new semester just starting. Most students are NSW based but we had a number from other states including Western Australia - probably the farthest away was a student who came all the way from Broome.
Typical comments from the feedback sheets included:
Nearly everyone was very positive about their experience-one student even came up to me and thanked me for not agreeing to her request for exemption as she'd got so much out of it!
This year, there will be another Res School running July 4-6th for the mid-year undergraduate intake and we look forward to meeting the new starters in the middle of a Wagga winter!
After several years as editor of Australian Academic and Research Libraries (AARL) - the major research focused journal in the LIS field in Australia - Dr Bob Pymm will be stepping down as editor from March this year. The journal offers the opportunity for both long term researchers and novices in the publishing field to get their research and experiences out there to the broader Australian audience. Bob was particularly keen on encouraging a mix of submissions, from traditional academic research papers to works from practitioners placing their own experiences within the broader LIS environment. The ongoing success of journals such as AARL is testament to the strength and commitment of the profession to moving forward and learning through research. There is currently a call out from ALIA seeking Bob's replacement.