Charles Sturt University
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January 2012 News

Lecturer visiting ANU

Dr Ying-Hsang Liu is spending his extended research period as a Visiting Fellow at the College of Engineering & Computer Science, at the Australian National University. He is working with Professor Tom Gedeon (ANU) and Dr Paul Thomas (CSIRO) on a research project entitled, 'Query Reformulation and Search Interface Design: An Eye-Tracking User Study'. Ying-Hsang has also recently published an interesting article in JASIST:

Wu, M.-M., & Liu, Y.-H. (2011). On intermediaries' inquiring minds, elicitation styles, and user satisfaction. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 62(12), 2396-2403. doi: 10.1002/asi.21644

SIS wins 2012 ASIST Lecturer Series Award

Gloria Leckie

The School is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the 2012 ASIST Lecture Series Award. The 2012 Lecture will be given by Dr. Gloria Leckie, Professor Emeritus of the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada on 21 March (5pm) at the National Library of Australia, Canberra. Dr. Leckie's talk - From Facebook to Twitter and Into the Cloud: Where is Library and Information Science in our Googleized World - explores the meaning of libraries and information centres in today's technological world, through a discussion of educational and research-related issues.

This is the first time that this Series has been awarded to a host institution outside of North America. The sponsor of the award - the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) - created this competition to promote the progress of information science and technology. CSU SIS is pleased to be the first Australian host for this Series. Additional details about the award can be found on the ASIST website at

SIS Welcomes New Faculty Members

Mary Carroll, Paul Scifleet, and Barbara Combes

Three new faculty members have arrived at the School this month.

Dr Mary Carroll joins the School as a Lecturer in Information Studies. Mary comes with extensive experience as an LIS educator, particularly in the TAFE sector. She has also been an academic librarian and teacher librarian. Mary graduated from CSU with a PhD in 2009. Her thesis was entitled, "Role perception and the library worker in Australia: the role of education in defining roles and tasks of librarians and library technicians".

Dr Paul Scifleet joins the School as a full-time Research Fellow. Prior to his appointment, Paul was a Lecturer with the Discipline of Business Information Systems at the University of Sydney Business School.  He  has over twelve years experience in information management and has worked extensively on the design and implementation of electronic document and content management systems, including as digital projects coordinator and education officer with the Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW. He has  also held academic positions at the University of New South Wales and, more recently, as a Visiting Scholar with the Information School at the University of Sheffield, the Royal School Library and Information Science, Copenhagen, and the Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.

Barbara Combes joins the School as a Lecturer in Teacher Librarianship. Barbara hails from the School of Computer and Security Science at Edith Cowan University. She has an extensive record of professional activity in the teacher librarianship field and is currently Co-President of the West Australian School Library Association (WASLA) and Vice President (Advocacy and Promotion) of the International Association of School Libraries (IASL). She is also member of the Editorial Board for School Libraries Worldwide.

The School wishes Mary, Paul and Barbara all the very best!

SIS Faculty Attend ALISE

Four members of SIS staff attended the Association of Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) conference, held in Dallas, Texas, from 17th to 20th January.

Waseem Afzal

Dr Waseem Afzal (pictured) presented a poster (co-authored by Dr. Mary Anne Kennan of CSU and Professor Sheila Corrall of the University of Sheffield) entitled, 'Evolving Roles: Research Support Services in the Academic Libraries of Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and the UK.' The poster described an ongoing investigation into the evolving roles of academic libraries in the area of research support services.

Meanwhile, Dr Kim Thompson (with Dr Denice Adkins of the University of Missouri) presented a paper in a session related to National/International Perspectives on LIS education, moderated by SIS Professor Lisa Given. Kim's paper, 'How Many Librarians Does It Take? A Honduras Case Study in LIS Education Effort,' examined the growth of LIS education in Honduras, with a focus on how collaboration with external consultants can lead to a culturally appropriate curriculum.

New arrival to SIS, Dr Mary Carroll, also presented at the conference. Mary's paper, 'Collaborating for the Future Sustainability of Australian Library and Information Science Education,' was an output from a large-scale project funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC), which aims to re-position Australian library and information science education in the emerging professional landscape.