Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Kim Thompson

Dr Kim Thompson

BA (Brigham Young University), MS (Florida State University), PhD (Florida State University)

Kim M. Thompson is a Senior Lecturer in the Charles Sturt University School of Information Studies. She received her MS and PhD degrees in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University and her BA in English from Brigham Young University. She is a member of the Advisory Board for the Library and Information Science Program at the Universidad Pedagogica Nacional Francisco Morazan in Honduras, an Affiliate Faculty member of the Information Policy and Access Center of the University of Maryland School of Information, USA, and an Associate of the Institute for Land, Water and Society. Kim is Chair of the School of Information Studies Learning and Teaching Committee, coordinates the Librarianship Specialisation for SIS and co-coordinates the SIS Research Seminar Series with doctoral student Mary Coe.

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Kim's research and teaching draw upon a background spanning information studies, library science, and international consulting with a focus on the physical, intellectual, and socio-cultural supports for and barriers to information access and digital inclusion. Her work primarily focuses on underserved and disadvantaged populations and is based mainly on qualitative techniques, policy analysis, and theory development. Implications of her research extend to improving information services in libraries and other information organisations as well as providing greater understanding of information poverty issues on an international scale.

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Kim's teaching portfolio includes subjects related to collection management and development, web usability, research methods and research application, organisational and human management, community outreach, and information services on a global scale.

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Doctoral Thesis - Principal Supervisor

Rebecca Muir, Information Studies, Charles Sturt University, PhD, "'But what to change?': Moving forward in library service provision for people with an invisible disability", expected completion December 2021. 

Doctoral Thesis - Co-supervision 

Mary Coe, Information Studies, Charles Sturt University, Australia "Indexing the eBook" (co-supervisor; in progress).

Sarah Polkinghorne, Swinburne University, PhD, "Food and information: Embodied practices in everyday life", expected completion Dec 2021. 

Master's Thesis - Principal Supervisor 

Tania Matute, Maestria en Bibliotecologia, Universidad Pedagogica Nacional Francisco Morazan, Honduras, "Diagnostico de las Competencias Informativas de los Estudiantes en Tercer y Cuarto Ano Academico del Centro Universitario Regional de San Pedro Sula de la Universidad Pedagogica Nacional Francisco Morazan" (in progress).

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  • Member of the Association for Library and Information Science Education
  • Editorial Board Member of The Library Quarterly
  • Editorial Board Member of The International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion

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Books

Thompson, K. M., Jaeger, P. T., Taylor, N. G., Subramaniam, M., & Bertot, J. C. (2014). Digital literacy and digital inclusion: Information policy and the public library. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Scholarly Articles / Chapters

Kennan, M. A. & Thompson, K. M. (2017). Research writing and dissemination. In K. Williamson & G. Johanson (Eds.), Research methods: Information, systems and context, 2nd Ed. London: Routledge.

Kennan, M. A., Carroll, M., & Thompson, K. M. (2017). Letting go, holding on or re-envisioning? Challenges and opportunities for LIS Education in Australia. In Re-Envisioning the MLIS: Perspectives on the Future of Library and Information Science Education. Advances in Librarianship, Volume 42. Bingley, UK: Emerald. 

Thompson, K. M. & Paul, A. (2016). "I am not sure how much it will be helpful for me": Factors for digital inclusion among middle- and upper-class women in India. The Library Quarterly, 86(1), 93-106.

Thompson, K. M. (2016). Multiple layers of digital inclusion. Online Currents, 30, 38-40.

Paul, A., Thompson, K. M., & Heinstrom, J. (2015). After access: An inquiry into ICT use factors for Indian women. ASIST 2015 Proceedings.

Yi, Z. & Thompson, K. M. (2015). A case study in collaboration in the building of China's library and information infrastructure. Information & Culture, 50(1). http://muse.jhu.edu/login?auth=0&type=summary&url=/journals/libraries_and_culture/v050/50.1.yi.pdf

Thompson, K. M. (2014). Modernizing social inclusion: A look at John Carlo Bertot's contribution. The Library Quarterly, 84(4).

Qayyum, A., Thompson, K. M., Lloyd, A., & Kennan, M. A. (2014). The provision and sharing of information between service providers and settling refugees. Information Research, 19(2). http://www.informationr.net/ir/19-2/paper616.html#.U5-pu_mSx8E

McCausland, S. & Thompson, K. M. (2014). The Community Heritage Grants program in Australia: Report of a survey. In S. K. Hastings (Ed.). Annual Review of Cultural Heritage Informatics 2012-2013 (pp. 169-178). Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press.

Thompson, K. M., Jaeger, P.T., Taylor, N. G., Subramaniam, M., & Bertot, J. C. (2014). The policy gap. Library Journal, 139(14), 36-37.

Kennan, M. A. & Thompson, K. M. (2013). Research writing and dissemination. In K. Williamson & G. Johanson (Eds.), Research methods: Information, systems and contexts (pp. 476-489). Prahan, VIC: Tilde.

Lloyd, A., Kennan, M. A., Thompson, K. M., & Qayyum, A. (2013). Connecting with new information landscapes: Information practices of refugees. Journal of Documentation, 69(1), 121-144.

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Research Publications

Outstanding Paper for 2013, Journal of Documentation for Lloyd, A., Kennan, M. A., Thompson, K. M., & Qayyum, A. (2013). Connecting with new information landscapes: Information Practices of refugees. Journal of Documentation, 69(1), 121-144. Paper selected by the journal's Editorial Team.

Best Conference Paper Award, Association for Library and Information Science Education for Thompson, K. M.& Adkins, D. A. (2012). Addressing information resource issues through LIS eduation in Honduras. Journal of Education in Library and Information Science, 53(4), 254-266. Paper selected by the ALISE Board of Directors.

Teaching

2015 WISE (Web-based Information Studies Education) Excellence in Online Education Teaching Award—This international award highlights outstanding WISE instructors and recognises them for their dedication to quality online education.

Outstanding Subject Delivery Award 2014—This award recognises Charles Sturt University School of Information Studies lecturer's consistently high-level of engagement with students as reflected in excellent student evaluations throughout the 2014 teaching year.

SIS Teaching Hall of Fame 2014—Recognised by Head of School for distinction in student evaluation scores for INF331 Information Services around the World.

SIS Teaching Hall of Fame 2013-- Recognised by Head of School for distinction in student evaluation scores for INF447 Research in Practice.

SIS Teaching Hall of Fame 2011-- Recognised by Head of School for distinction in student evaluation scores for INF332 Community Outreach

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