Library and Information Science (LIS) education has been offered at Charles Sturt University and its predecessor institutions since 1975. The School of Information Studies is itself over 30 years old, and is now the only school amongst Australian universities devoted to Library and Information Science education and research. Its 'headquarters' is Building 5 on the Charles Sturt University's Wagga Wagga campus, about 400 km south-west of Sydney, NSW.
The School currently has around 2,000 students enrolled in the Bachelors and Masters of Information Studies, the Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship) and other specialist courses. It also has fifteen full-time academic staff, teaching and researching in a wide range of LIS subfields, many adjunct and sessional staff, and a large cohort of PhD students.
Associate Professor Mary Carroll has been elected for a two year term to the ALIA board as one of its new Directors. Her priorities in this role include a focus on making the profession more inclusive, appropriate professional and educational pathways to meet the ongoing needs of the professions and to provide a voice for LIS educators in ongoing developments in education and training for the sector.
Since September 2020 a small team of academics from the School of Information Studies at CSU have been involved in producing a radio broadcast and podcast for CSU’s community radio station 2MCE. Once a month at 5:30 pm on a Thursday the SIS team which includes host and producer Dr Simon Wakeling supported by Dr Kasey Garrison, Dr Jane Garner, and A/Prof Mary Carroll has live streamed a series of programmes focussing on the world of information, archives and libraries. The broadcasts highlight the expertise and research of the School in many areas including, School Libraries, Archives, Open Access, and the research of the PhD Candidates in the School. The programmes provide a fantastic insight into these areas and the work of those involved. If you haven’t tuned in we can recommend you listen to the podcasts which are still available in the 2MCE archives https://2mce.org/podcastfilter/academic-projects/ .