Teaching and Research Staff

Dr Asim Qayyum

(BE, MBA, PhD) University of Toronto

Senior Lecturer in Library and Information Management
Wagga Wagga
Building 5, Room 307

Asim Qayyum completed his PhD from the University of Toronto, specialising in the areas of Information and Knowledge Management, and also worked in the university library and taught part-time. Asim's next work assignment was at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Puerto Rico for a few years, before moving to Charles Sturt University in late 2008. Asim also holds an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA specialising in Management Information Systems. He started his career as an engineer and then worked as a business analyst for many years before moving into the field of Information Studies as a practitioner, and then as an academic.

Asim is currently engaged in projects that use eye-tracking usability techniques to investigate the information needs, uses and practices of students when they undertake online academic learning activities and assessments. He recently completed projects focusing on information needs and uses. The first project explored how the information practices of settlers in regional areas evolve or conform within the new cultural settings that they find themselves in. The second project focused on studying the changing news seeking behaviours of the youth as the news media makes the transition from traditional print formats to online publishing. Among some notable accomplishments, Asim was part of a team that won the Faculty's competitive research award in 2010, and has consistently been awarded institutional grants to carry out his research work, including the current projects.

In 2007, Asim won a research grant from the Online Computer and Library Center (OCLC), and has held many other competitive institutional grants to carry out his research projects. While completing his PhD in 2004, he was awarded the prize for best paper in information sciences by the New England chapter of the American Society for Information Sciences & Technology (ASIS&T). As a doctoral candidate, he was also the recipient of the University of Toronto's open scholarship and Humanities Research Council's travel grants. His doctoral studies were sponsored by the International Council for Canadian Studies after he was awarded the commonwealth scholarship.


Recent projects:

  • Exploring the use of online information tools by university students (2013 onward)
  • Investigating the news seeking behaviour of young adults (2009-2011)
  • Information, social exclusion and informed participation: exploring the information literacy practices of settlers (2010-2012)
  • Developing a finding aid for mapping Puerto Rican cultural objects (2007-2008)
  • Building a knowledge repository for the learning objects in an academic unit (2007-2008)
  • Information and knowledge management
  • Information systems, architecture, analysis and design
  • Web usability and human computer interaction
  • Data management and digitisation
  • Currently supervising two PhD students
  • Member of the Faculty of Arts and Education Human Ethics Committee.

Journal publications

  • Qayyum, M. A. (2018). Modelling wisdom in learning and decision making. International Journal of Knowledge and Learning, 12(2), 146-166.
  • Smith, D., Qayyum, M. A., & Hard, N. (2017). Using Visualisation Software to improve student approaches to HE Online Assessment. International Journal for Transformational Research, 4(1), 1-6.
  • Qayyum, M. A. & Smith, D. (2017). Improving university students’ assessment-related online work. Information Research, 22(4). Retrieved from http://InformationR.net/ir/22-4/rails/rails1604.html (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/6vOEafGbH)
  • Qayyum, M. A., & Smith, D. (2015). Learning from student experiences for online assessment tasks. Information Research, 20(2), paper 674. [Available at www.informationr.net/ir/20-2/paper674]
  • Smith, D. J., & Qayyum, M. A. (2015) Using Technology to Enhance the Student Assessment Experience, International Journal of Social, Education, Economics and Management Engineering, 9(1).
  • Qayyum, M. A., & Williamson, K. (2014). The online information experiences of news-seeking young adults. Information Research, 19(2) paper 615. [Available at http://InformationR.net/ir/19-2/paper615.html]
  • Qayyum, M. A., Thompson, K. M., Kennan, M. A., Lloyd, A. (2014). The provision and sharing of information between service providers and settling refugees. Information Research, 19(2) paper 616. [Available at http://InformationR.net/ir/19-2/paper616.html]
  • Annemaree Lloyd, Mary Anne Kennan, Kim M Thompson, Asim Qayyum, (2013). Connecting with new information landscapes: Information literacy practices of refugees, Journal of Documentation, 69(1). This paper was selected by the Journal of Documentation's editorial team as the Outstanding Paper for 2013.
  • Williamson, Kirsty, Qayyum, Asim, Ying-Hsang Liu, and Hider, Philip (2012). Young adults and everyday-life information: The role of news media. Library & Information Science Research, 34:258-264.
  • Qayyum Asim. (2012). Designing an Intercultural Training Framework for Information Professionals. Management column with Marianne Ryan (editor). Reference & User Services Quarterly, 51 (3), 226-230.
  • Kennan, Mary Anne; Lloyd, Annemaree; Qayyum, Asim and Thompson, Kim. Settling in: The relationship between information and social inclusion [online]. Australian Academic & Research Libraries, Vol. 42, No. 3, Sep 2011: 191-210. Available at <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=030398618327134;res=IELHSS> ISSN: 0004-8623. [cited 17 Oct 12].
  • Hider, P., Kennan, M., Hay, L., McCausland, S., & Qayyum, A. (2011). Moving from LIS to IS+L: Curriculum Renewal at Charles Sturt University. Australian Library Journal, 60(3), 205‐217.
  • Qayyum, Muhammad Asim, (2010), Williamson, Kirsty, Ying-Hsang Liu, Hider, Philip. Investigating the news seeking behaviour of young adults. Australian Academic & Research Libraries, September.


  • Qayyum, M. A., and Smith, D. (2017) Comparing online research behaviour of novice and experienced university students. Presented at the 2017 AIES/RAILS conference, Nov 28-30, Adelaide, AU.
  • Qayyum, M. A., Smith, D. and Welsh, S. (2016) Improving student online reading for assessment in higher education. Presented at the 2016AIES/RAILS conference, Dec 6-8, Wellington, NZ.
  • Qayyum, M. A. and Kennan, M. A. (2016) Trends in Research Data Management, Presented at the Institute of Information Management (IIM) Annual National conference, Sep 20-21, Canberra, Australia.
  • Smith, D., Qayyum, A. and Welsh, S. (2015) Improving Student Approaches to Online Assessment in Higher Education, Presented at the 1st D4 Learning International Conference: Innovations in Digital Learning for Inclusion (D4L), Nov 17-20, Aalborg, Denmark.
  • Welsh, S., Qayyum, A, and Smith, D. (2015) Scaffolding Online Information Searching through Assessment Design, Presented at CSU-Ed, Nov 18-19, Albury.
  • Qayyum, M. A. (2015) Drawing on wisdom to make the right move. Presented at the 2015 International Conference on Knowledge Management, Nov 4-6, Osaka, Japan.
  • Smith, David and Qayyum, Asim (2014) Using technology to enhance the student assessment experience. Presented at "ICEBML 2015: International Conference on e-Education, e-Business, e-Management and e-Learning". World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, International Science Index, Pedagogical and Educational Sciences, 2(1), 243. Jan 23-24 in Paris, France.
  • Qayyum, Asim and Smith, David (2014) Investigating the use of information tools in academic studies, AIES/RAILS conference in July 2014.
  • Qayyum, Asim and Williamson, Kirsty (2013) The online news experiences of young adults, Presented at Information: Interactions and Impact (i3) conference. June 2013.
  • Qayyum, Asim, Lloyd, Annemaree, Thompson, Kim, and Kennan, Mary Anne (2013) Information as refuge: Informing refugee support service planning and policies, Presented at Information: Interactions and Impact (i3) conference. June 2013.
  • Qayyum, Asim, Lloyd, Annemaree, Thompson, Kim, and Kennan, Mary Anne (2012) Settling the settlers: Information landscape of service providers, RAILS 8 conference in May 2012.
  • Lloyd, Annemaree, Kennan, Mary Anne and Qayyum, Asim (2011) Settling in: Information literacy practices of refugees, RAILS 7 conference in May 2011.
  • Williamson, Kirsty, & Qayyum, Asim. "News Seeking: Young Adults and Everyday Life Information" Presented at Information: Interactions and Impact conference. June 2011.
  • Hider, P., Kennan, M., Hay, L., McCausland, S., & Qayyum, A. (2010). Moving from LIS to IS+L: Curriculum Renewal at Charles Sturt University, Australia. In EUCLID conference: Cooperation and Collaboration in Teaching and Research: Trends in Library and Information Studies Education. Retrieved from http://conf.euclid-lis.eu/index.php/IFLA2010/IFLA2010/paper/view/.
  • Qayyum, Asim, Williamson, Kirsty, Liu, Ying-Hsang and Hider, Philip, (2010) "Investigating the news seeking behaviour of young adults". Presented at the RAILS 6 conference. Jan 20, Canberra, Australia.

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