Teaching and Research Staff

Dr Jane Garner

Lecturer in Information Studies
Wagga Wagga
Building 5

Dr Jane Garner is a Lecturer in the School of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University.

Jane received her PhD from RMIT University in 2017. She also holds a Bachelor of Business, Information and Library Management from RMIT University.

Prior to starting at CSU, Jane worked in the Information Management team at RMIT University, teaching into their Masters of Information Management program. Jane has also undertaken sessional roles in information studies schools at Monash University and CSU.

Before commencing her teaching roles, Jane worked as an academic librarian at the University of Melbourne. She has also held roles at the Noah’s Ark Toy Library for Children with Disabilities.

Jane’s research focuses on the delivery of library and information services to undeserved and underprivileged communities. She is particularly interested in the role, and experience of using libraries in adult and juvenile prisons. Jane is also interested in the delivery of educational resources to remote and isolated communities.

Areas of supervision include: Library services to the disadvantaged and underserved, community interactions, professional development of GLAM workers, and the use of social media by the GLAM sector to interact with communities.

In 2019, Jane will be teaching INF332/519 Community Outreach, INF210 Collections, and INF330 Library Services for Children and Youth.

Professional Engagement:

  • Associate, Australian Library and Information Association (AALIA)
  • Peer review for various sector-related publications
  • Management of the ALIA Prison Libraries Interest Group


Garner, J. (2017). Escaping with a good book: the value of libraries in Australian jails, Life Matters with Amanda Smith, ABC Radio National, July 10.

Garner, J. (2017). Reading connects prisoners to the people they love, WA Afternoons with Gillian O’Shaughnessy, ABC Radio Perth, July 11.

Book chapter

Reading in Australian prisons: An exploration of motivation Garner, J.Carroll, M., Apr 2020, (Accepted/In press) The Edinburgh history of reading. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press


Garner, J. (2020). “Almost like freedom”: Prison libraries and reading as facilitators of escape. The Library Quarterly, 90(1), 5-19

Garner, J. (2020). Experiencing time in prison: the influence of books, libraries and reading. Journal of Documentation, Earlycite

Garner, J. (2019). “A little happy place”: How libraries support prisoner wellbeing. Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association, 68(4), 343-355

Garner, J. (2017) ‘Australian prison libraries: a study of existing knowledge and recent findings’, Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association. Vol. 66 No. 4 2017 pp. 331-343.

Garner, J. (2017) ‘Experiencing the use of Australian prison libraries: a phenomenological study’, Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association, Vol. 66 No. 2 pp.170-171.

Garner, J. (2015) ‘The lived experience of Australian prison libraries: a phenomenological study’,

Poster and Doctoral Workshop, Research Applications, Information and Library Studies (RAILS) 2015, University of Technology, Sydney.

Horwood, L., Sullivan, S., Young, E. & Garner, J. (2004) ‘OAI compliant institutional repositories and the role of library staff’, Library Management; Vol. 25 No. 4/5, 2004 pp. 170-176.

Garner, J., Horwood, L. & Sullivan, S. (2004) The place of eprints in scholarly information delivery, Online Information Review; Vol. 25 No. 4, pp. 250-256.

Conference proceedings

Digital equity: Not just an ‘add on’ but business as usual  Willems, J., Farley, H., Freund, K., Britten, D., Tickner, S., Tucker, S., Garner, J., Campbell, C., Stejar, L., Hinze, M., Hartnett, M., Datt, A. & Nolton, M., 2018, Open Oceans: Learning without borders. Proceedings ASCILITE 2018 Geelong. ASCILITE, p. 565 567 p.

Farley, H., Garner, J. & Willems, J. (2018) ‘Digital equity in Australian higher education: how prisoners are missing out’, Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia 2018 Conference, Adelaide, July 2-5

Garner, J. (2017) ‘The role of IT in prisoner education’, Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE) 2017 Conference, Toowoomba, Queensland, December 4-6.

Carroll, M. & Garner, J. (2017) ‘Reading in Australian prisons: a history of good intentions and unfilled potential’, Australian and New Zealand History of Education Society Conference, University of Canberra, September 24-27.

Carroll, M. & Garner, J. (2017) ‘Civilising the uncivilised and morally corrupt: a depiction of reading in Australian penal settlements’, Picturing the Reader: Reading and Representation in the Long Nineteenth Century, 2017. Liverpool Hope University, UK, September 7.

Garner, J. & Davies, C. (2016) ‘Supporting prison libraries: the 2015 ALIA Minimum Standard Guidelines for Library Services to Prisoners’,  Australian Library and Information Association National Conference, Adelaide, August, 2016.

Carroll, M. & Garner, J. (2013) ‘Providing resources for all: the impact on publicly funded libraries of the growth in private RTOs’. TAFE Australasian Library Conference, Southbank Institute of Technology, Brisbane, 21-22 November.

Garner, J., Horwood, L. & Sullivan, S. (2007) ‘Web citations: tracking citation impact.’ Educause Australasia 2007: Advancing Knowledge: Pushing Boundaries, Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre, April 29 – May 2, 2007.

Sullivan, S., Horwood, L., Garner, J. & Young, E. (2004) ‘Bringing hidden treasures to light: illuminating DSpace.’ Breaking boundaries: integration and interoperability, VALA 2004: 12th Biennial Conference and Exhibition, 3 - 5 February, 2004.

Garner, J., Horwood, L. & Sullivan, S. (2003) ‘Etexts: free scholarly resources reviewed’, Educause in Australasia 2003: Expanding the Learning Community - Meeting the Challenges, Adelaide Convention Centre May 6 - 9, 2003.

Garner, J., Horwood, L. & Sullivan, S. (2003) ‘Eprints@Melbourne’ Educause in Australasia 2003: Expanding the Learning Community - Meeting the Challenges, Adelaide Convention Centre, May 6 to 9, 2003.

Garner, J., Horwood, L. & Sullivan, S. (2002) ‘Examining one model of ebooks for an academic library setting.’ E-volving Information Futures: VALA 11th Biennial Conference, Melbourne, 6-8 February 2002.

Garner, J., Horwood, L. & Sullivan, S. (2001) ‘Innovations in electronic delivery of scholarly information: will the eprint replace the scholarly journal?’ Information Online 2001: Digital Dancing: New Steps, New Partners: The 10th Australasian Information Online Conference and Exhibition, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, 16-18 January 2001.

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