The School welcomes Liz Derouet who recently joined us as Lecturer in Teacher Librarianship. Our congratulations to Liz who was recently awarded Queensland School Library Association Teacher Librarian of the Year for 2019. The citation acknowledges Liz’s innovative professional practice and exemplary contribution to teaching and learning. Liz comes to us with many years’ experience as a teacher librarian, and also public library experience. She has also worked as a lecturer in children’s literature at the University of Southern Queensland.
The School of Information Studies congratulates all the 35 students who graduated at the ceremony in Sydney in August. We wish you all the best in your information careers and look forward to seeing you around the traps and conferences and other professional occasions, and hope that you remain in touch with the School.
We also extend special congratulations to Michelle Lynch and Tara Wagner who were awarded with one the 2018/2019 Executive Dean’s awards at the ceremony. These awards are in recognition of outstanding performance in course work. Both Tara and Michelle graduated from the Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship). Our congratulations also go to Elizabeth (Liz) Finlay from the Master of Information Studies who graduated with Distinction.
(Michelle Lynch, Tara Wagner and Liz Finlay)
Authors who made submissions for the RAILS Conference to be hosted by the School in Canberra in October have been notified of the results. A total of 43 full papers were accepted, together with two panels, each with three presenters, and three posters. A wide range of topics will be discussed, many directly addressing the conference theme, ‘Towards Critical Information Research, Education and Practice’. To register for the Conference, please visit https://railsconference.com/rails-2019/registration/.
Dr Simon Wakeling joins the School in May, as a Lecturer in Information Studies. Simon has recently been working as a Research Associate in the Information School at the University of Sheffield, where he completed his PhD in 2015, his thesis being on ‘Establishing User Requirements for a Recommender System in an Online Union Catalogue: an Investigation of WorldCat.org’. His research interests include interactive information retrieval, scholarly communication, and graph literacy.
Charles Sturt's research in the field of Library and Information Studies was rated a ‘4’, i.e. ‘above world standard’, by the Australian Research Council, in its recent national research assessment exercise. The assessment was based on the School’s research outputs and activities in the reference period, 2011-16. In the exercise, known as Excellent in Research for Australia, or ERA, fields of research are rated 1-5, with 1 being the lowest and 5 the highest. For Library and Information Studies, Charles Sturt was rated joint top, along with Monash University and Queensland University of Technology, which also scored 4s. The School’s success in ERA is the culmination of an enormous amount of work by its researchers over the past eight years or so, and positions the School very favourably in the years to come. Well done to everyone who contributed to this very notable achievement!