Libraries without enough librarians. That's what a skills shortage in the field of Teacher Librarians could mean in the future, according to Lyn Hay, a lecturer in teacher librarianship at Charles Sturt University (CSU). Click here to read full article by Melinda Ham - http://www.tara.nsw.edu.au/downloads/SMH016JOB30OCT10.pdf
Information Seeking in Context Conference was held in Murcia, Spain, from 28 September to 1 October 2010. Professor Heidi Julien recently a Visiting Professor in the School of Information Studies from the University of Alberta, Canada and an Adjunct Professor with CSU and Dr Kirsty Williamson, from the School of Information Studies, presented a paper titled: Discourse and Practice in Information Literacy and Information Seeking: Gaps and Opportunities.
The SIS Research Development Committee (RDC) is pleased to announce that the winner of the SIS staff paper award for 2010 and the accompanying $1000 prize is Dr James Herring for his paper:
Herring, J. (2009). A grounded analysis of year 8 students' reflections on information literacy skills and techniques. School Libraries Worldwide, 15(1), 1-13.
Sarah Ind, a Bachelor of Information Studies student, won a CSU Regional Archives summer scholarships at the end of 2009. She worked on the records of the Riverina Theatre Company. Sarah has now described her experiences at the CSU Regional Archives on the Archives Outside website maintained by State Records New South Wales.
Click on links below to read Sarah's illustrated story
The trials and tribulations of a rookie archivist Part 1 - http://archivesoutside.records.nsw.gov.au/the-trials-and-tribulations-of-a-rookie-archivist-part-1/
The trials and tribulations of a rookie archivist Part 2 - http://archivesoutside.records.nsw.gov.au/the-trials-and-tribulations-of-a-rookie-archivist-part-2/
Congratulations to Kate Reid, an SIS graduate, won Tasmanian Librarian Teacher of the Year 2010. Kate has made significant contributions to the Kindergarten to Year 8 Stephens Library at The Hutchins School, particularly in collaborative teaching and helping teachers improve their ICT literacy knowledge and skills.
Professor Louise Limberg University of Boras and University of Gothenburg and doctoral student Anna Lundh presented a very successful seminar in the School of Information Studies, on the 1st December. Participants, included doctoral students( one from the United States) and academics from a number of Faculties at CSU.
Abstract from the seminar
Our presentation will introduce The Linnaeus Centre for Research on Learning, integration and Mediated Communication in Contemporary Society (LinCS).The focus of research for this Centre is on issues of the relationship between learning and media, and in particular how digital technologies and media transform how knowledge and information circulate in society, and the implications of these developments for learning at the individual and collective level.
This includes an interest in the role and use of infrastructures for learning such as libraries and electronic resources for information storage and retrieval, and in analysing the manners in which information is organized and used in such electronic facilities. Examples of on-going research projects and approaches will be given to illustrate both the socio-cultural perspective frequently adopted, and some findings from these projects.
Professor Louise Limberg and Ms Anna Lundh after the seminar.
The School of information Studies (SIS) is proud to be sponsoring the joint conference of the School Library Association of Queensland (SLAQ) and the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL). We welcome all international IASL conference participants to Australia - it is a lovely time of year to explore the delights of the beautiful river city of Brisbane.
The School has provided SLAQ-IASL participants with a handy pocket size conference program. In addition we are undertaking the videorecording of a selection of conference sessions in order that SLAQ and IASL members not attending the conference can experience some of the highlights of the conference.
CSU offers a range of teacher librarianship and library-information management courses in distance mode.
For the first time, the School will offer entry into two of its programs in the third session, which runs from November to February. The closing date for applications into the Master of Information Studies and Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship) is 31st October 2010. Commonwealth Government Supported (CGS) places are available in both programs. Both courses are accredited as professional qualifications by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA).
Two SIS academics, Kirsty Williamson and MaryAnne Kennan, have articles in a special issue of Library and Information Science Research, which is ARC ERA A* ranked journal in library and information studies.
Williamson, K., & Roberts, J. (2010). Developing and sustaining a sense of place: The role of social information. Library & Information Science Research, 32(4), 281-287.
Wilson, C. S., Kennan, M. A., Willard, P., & Boell, S. K. (2010) Fifty years of LIS education in Australia: Academization of LIS educators in higher education institutions. Library & Information Science Research, 32(4), 246-257.
Other recent articles by SIS academics include:
Lloyd, A. (2010) Framing information literacy as information practice: Site ontology and practice theory, Journal of Documentation, 66(2), 245-258.
Pymm, B. (2010). Archives and Web 2.0: The example of the September 11 digital archive. Archives and Manuscripts, 38(1), 13-26.
Terry Asla, a PhD student in the School of Information Studies, has received the School's best student paper award for 2009-2010. This was for an article he wrote with his supervisor, based on the work of both. Terry's made a significant contribution to the article which is in an ARC ERA ranked A* journal:
Williamson, K. & Asla, T. (2009). Information behavior of people in the fourth age: Implications for the conceptualization of information literacy. Library and Information Science Research, 31(2), 76-83.
Congratulations Terry! .
Students in the records and archives specialisations of the Bachelor and Master of Information Studies attended inForum, the conference of the Records Management Association of Australasia (RMAA) held at the Gold Coast in early September.This year's conference theme was 'Information continuity: Safeguarding business and community identity'. Some students were able to take advantage of the RMAA's offer of free student registrations. Student Debra Leigo and staff member Sigrid McCausland took part in a panel session on 'Surviving online education' at the RMAA's Education Special Interest Group meeting on 5 September. Sigrid presented a paper 'Safeguarding access: community expectations and access to online and local sources' in the main conference program the following day.
L-R: Students Ellen Hennessy (Tasmania), Sandra Liddle (Queensland) and Debra Leigo (New South Wales) with lecturer Dr Sigrid McCausland at the RMAA conference.
Congratulations to Dr Anne Lloyd, Dr Mary Anne Kennan, Dr Asim Qayyum and Ms Suzanne Lipu who have been successful in their application for a CSU Competitive Grant. The project entitled, 'Information, social inclusion and informed participation: Exploring the information practices of settlers,' investigates the relationship between settler's information experiences and their participation in Australian life. The study focuses on how settlers new information experiences are reconciled against their own cultural understandings of information and its provision. The results will inform an information literacy framework to guide the community information education programs of regional public libraries and community support agencies.
Several members of staff attended the IFLA conference in Gothenburg this year. Dr Bob Pymm (pictured) presented a paper with Dr Primoz Juznic from the University of Ljubljana on student placements in the E-learning session. At the same session, two recent CSU graduates, Corrinne Hills and Rebecca Randle, delivered a paper on using e-portfolios for the workplace. Dr James Herring attended the conference as well as The Future of School Libraries preconference. A/Prof Philip Hider (Head of School) attended the conference and presented a paper about the School's program of curriculum renewal at the IFLA-ALISE-EUCLID preconference on Cooperation and Collaboration in Teaching and research: Trends in Library and Information Studies Education, held at the University of Boras.
Sweden was one of the major ports of call in a hectic period of travel for the Head of School, which also included visits to the JCDL/ICADL conference on the Gold Coast for the Global Collaboration of I-Schools workshop, and the Public Libraries NSW Country 2010 Conference in Albury.
Professor Heidi Julien from the School of Library and Information Studies in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta, Canada visits the School of Information Studies (SIS) in June and July for six weeks.
Pictured: Dr Bob Pymm (CSU) & Prof Heidi Julien
During her visiting at SIS, Professor Julien has presented several seminars and workshops to the academics and practitioners across CSU campuses. Her major seminar, entitled "Twenty-First Century Citizenship at Risk: A Challenge for us All" deals with the fact that many people are over-confident in their ability to find relevant and reliable information. In an era when full democratic and social participation depends so heavily on information literacy, full participation may be compromised by the gap between confidence and ability. This seminar attracted 22 participants from Wagga Wagga, Bathurst, Melbourne, Canberra and Albury-Wodonga, via face-to-face, Skype session, telephone and video-conferencing.
In addition to major and introductory seminars, Professor Julien had a joint workshop with Dr Bob Pymm, entitled "Behind the Curtain: Getting Published in Top Tier Journals, and workshops on "Writing Effective Grant and Research Proposals" and "Graduate Student Supervision: The Best We Can Be." She also presented a paper: "Twenty-first Century Citizenship: The Role of Canada's Public Libraries" at Media, Democracy and Change, the 2010 Australian New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) Conference, University of Canberra, July 7-9, 2010.
As well as being a professor, Professor Julien is the Graduate Studies Coordinator for her School. She is also the Editor of the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science, a quality journal in the field. Her research interests centre particularly on information access with information behaviour, information literacy and information policy being crucial component areas.
Judy Brooker, Professional Development and Careers Manager with ALIA, organized a very successful Library Career information night on Wednesday June 9 2010 at Concord Public Library in Sydney. It was targeted at people interested in learning how to go about getting qualified for a career in libraries and the information professions. A crowd of at least 80 people turned up to meet educators and ALIA members promoting the profession.
The School of Information Studies at CSU was represented by lecturer Mary Anne Kennan and three wonderful student volunteers (pictured below) who more than ably represented the School and promoted all our courses; the Bachelor of Information Studies, The Master of Information Studies and the Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship).
At left, student volunteers Liz McLoughlin (MIS), Margaret Rooney (BIS) and Cornelia Cronje (MIS)
In addition to professionals, educators and students, representatives from the two major employment agencies in the library and information field attended; Marian Baker from Zenith and Catherine Hill from One Umbrella. They talked to participants about the various types of work available to qualified personnel in the field and Catherine Hill from One Umbrella donated a bag of goodies to one lucky attendee whose name was drawn from a goldfish bowl masquerading as a hat.
Judy Brooker from ALIA and Catherine Hill from One Umbrella
After the event many of the volunteers repaired to Il Tratoraro restaurant in Concord for a well-earned and pleasant networking dinner.
During the Australian summer in 2006, MIS student Niphaphon (Nina) Sithakarn-Maher, together with her husband Dr Jim Maher, volunteered to teach English at the Ban Khao Thalu Primary School, Chumphon Province Thailand. The community desperately needs help with the lunch program to feed the children, improve the old library and add in computer equipment, toys, other facilities, etc.
Back to Australia, a proposal of helping the school to build a new library was submitted to the Rotary Club of Armidale. Since 22 August 2007 they have been fundraising with a target of $40,000 for the construction of the building. Users of the facility will be the students attending the school (420 students) and the wider community of 7,548.
On 16 June 2010, Teacher Librarianship at CSU was featured in the Higher Education supplement of The Australian newspaper. Journalist Jill Rowbotham's article 'BER library-building spree exposes teacher shortage' was based on her interviews with SIS lecturer, Lyn Hay and the Australian School Library Association's Executive Officer, Karen Bonanno, about the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Education and Training's national Inquiry into school libraries and teacher librarians in Australian schools.
Rowbotham informed The Australian's readership that the use of Building the Education Revolution funds to build or upgrade school library facilities throughout Australia has highlighted an estimated shortage of teacher librarians of between 2500 and 3000 (according to the Australian School Library Association). She reported, "While schools had great new facilities, they were 'without a specialist in the school to help make the most of the investment'", and the School of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University, "which trains most of the teacher librarians in the country, is calling for training, funding and policy initiatives to redress the imbalance".
In April, the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Education and Training chaired by Ms Sharon Bird MP (Member for Cunningham, NSW) received 371 submissions to its national inquiry into school libraries. The Terms of Reference is to inquire into and report on the role, adequacy and resourcing of school libraries and teacher librarians in Australia's public and private schools, specifically focusing on:
A series of public hearings are currently underway in all capital cities. Lyn Hay represented CSU at a dedicated hearing on the morning of Thursday, 3 June at Parliament House, Canberra. Committee Chair, Sharon Bird MP stated, "As a major educator in the field of teacher librarianship, CSU is well-positioned to comment on the future of teacher librarians and where it believes the profession is heading, and how the role of the teacher librarian is changing in the digital information age."
Click here for further details see CSU Media Release 'Calling top teachers into the school library'
Left to right: Ms Sharon Bird MP (Member for Cunningham, NSW and Chair, House of Representatives Standing Committee on Education and Training), Ms Lyn Hay (Lecturer, School of Information Studies, CSU) and Glen Worthington (Committee Secretary, House of Representatives Standing Committee on Education and Training).
Dr Kim Thompson has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at the Universidad Pedagogica Nacional Francisco Morazan (UPNFM) of Honduras during the 2009-2010 academic year.
She has helped evaluate the Master's program in library science at the UPNFM, revise the Master's curriculum proposal and develop the content for an online Master's level management of information organisations subject in Spanish.
Her academic services have focused on program accreditation. Since the UPNFM is involving its own accreditation evaluation this year, she has been invited to help the university library system prepare for the review. She has also worked as a consultant on an accreditation evaluation visit for the central university in Guatemala.
In mid-August Dr Kim Thompson will conduct daylong workshops on Information Ethics and Assessing Information Needs for The Honduran Librarian and Documentalist Association (Asociacion de Bibliotecarios y Documentalistas de Honduras or ABIDH, the Honduran version of ALIA).
Click below for a gallery of shots taken at last month's graduation ceremony in Wagga - again congratulations to Dr Susan Reynolds, Dr James Herring and Dr Ashley Freeman. 275 SIS graduand students attended the ceremony in person on 14 April 2010.
You may also like to read Professor Steven Kemmis' Occasional Address to the graduation ceremony - and you can do that here.
Congratulations to Janette Telford, who, at the recent ALIA Library Technicians Conference was awarded the ALIA Library Technician Research Award. This award is sponsored by the School of Information Studies, and provides Janette with an opportunity to undertake a particular project of relevance to the role of library technicians in the broad library and information profession.
Janette's project is to see if there is a career path for Library Technicians or must they upgrade their qualifications to Librarian or Teacher Librarian to progress in the profession. It is important to obtain an overview of the current state of the library and information management sector in relation to both Library Technicians and Librarians. Also the project will include comparing Library Technicians who have upgraded their qualifications to other degrees and those Library Technicians who have not.
Janette is the loans coordinator at Australian Catholic University, North Sydney Campus. She has been involved with ALIA for more than 15 years, is an ALIA Associate Fellow, and has presented papers at numerous Library Technician Conferences, including Rivers of Opportunities and other workshops run by the ALIA Library Technician NSW Group.
For two years (1989-1990) Janette was a volunteer at the Atenisi University in Tonga. During that time she catalogued the university's library material, conducted library education classes in both the university and high school, helped to organise library week for the island of Tongatapu (including a performance before the King of Tonga's grandchildren!) Since then she has been involved in numerous activities including in 2000 supervising customer service staff during the Olympics and working in the Olympic Village in the library during the Paralympics.
Clearly Janette's project is of great interest to the SIS, and we hope she will keep us up to date with her progress.
Asim Qayyum/Ying-Hsang - Oz-IA in Sydney, Oct 2009.
Asim Qayyum/Roy Sanders/Bob Pymm/Damian Lodge at Lib Tech in Adelaide, Sep 2009.
Mary Anne Kennan & Bob Pymm - IIM Conference, Canberra, Oct 2009.
Anne Lloyd - M'tesplats infar framtiden, Sweden, Oct 2009.
Bob Pymm -
Television archiving - managing the move from analogue to digital' LIDA (Libraries in the Digital Age) Conference, Zadar, Croatia 25-30 May 2009 'Realistic expectations? The distance learning experience of undergraduate Library and Information Studies students over their first year of study' ALIA Library and Information Technicians' Conference, Adelaide, September 2009 A virtual archive: The September 11 Digital Archive at George Mason University, Virginia, USA.' Australian Society of Archivists Conference, Brisbane, October 16 2009 (paper not yet available)
Philip Hider/Bob Pymm/Damian Lodge - 'Empowering users: what we can do to facilitate creation, discovery, sue and transformation of our collections?' Hobart, Nov 5 2009.
Roy Crotty - ASLA National Conference,Perth &RIVPAT TL conference, Leeton, Nov 2009.
The School has joined the WISE Consortium as its 15th institutional member. The Web-based Information Science Education (WISE) Consortium is a collaborative distance education model that increases the quality, access, and diversity of online education opportunities in LIS.
The WISE consortium was developed to establish standards and metrics for online LIS education, to provide a collaborative marketplace for online LIS courses, and to provide support for online pedagogy.
Since 2004 over 465 courses have been shared through WISE, and over 725 students have enrolled through the consortium. WISE Pedagogy has served over 300 faculty from WISE schools and the greater LIS community through online and face-to-face workshops and on-demand web resources.
The School will begin participating fully in the southern summer of 2010 (session 3).
Read the full press release online: http://www.wiseeducation.org/hotnews.aspx?id=96
Congratulations to Kirsty Williamson, SIS Senior Research Fellow, for her paper entitled "Discovered by chance: The role of incidental information acquisition in an ecological model of information use," published in Library and Information Science Research (an A* journal). Kirsty's article is in the list of top 10 highly cited articles reporting funded research in the field of library and information science between 1998 and 2008, reported in a forthcoming article in Scientometrics.
For more information regarding this study, please see the article:
Zhao, D. (In Press). Characteristics and impact of grant-funded research: A case study of the library and information science field. Scientometrics. DOI= http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11192-010-0191-y
Dr Ying-Hsang Liu received an AWS Teaching Grant to support interactive learning and teaching activities for Advanced Information Retrieval subject to be offered in 2010 Session 2. This grant initiative, designed to support innovative uses of cloud computing infrastructure, includes up to $100 USD free usage for each student enrolled in this subject. With the school's curriculum renewal and engagement with online learning and teaching, the cutting-edge IT environment will enhance students' understanding and experiences in the use of state-of-the-art information retrieval technologies.
Colleen Blancato, teacher librarian at Hassell Grove Public School, received the 2010 ASLA (NSW) & Charles Sturt University John H Lee Memorial Award for her creative use of innovative learning technologies and through her generous sharing of skills and knowledge within this area.
Throughout 2008, Colleen was part of the innovative Connected Learning Advisory Service (CLAS) team with the NSW Department of Education and Training's Centre of Learning and Innovation. In this role, she assisted in providing online tools to help teachers in NSW schools and TAFE to reflect on and enhance their use of technology in their teaching practice. Colleen was a major contributor to the development of CLAS's advanced training programs.
In her capacity as Assistant Principal, Colleen was able to draw commitment from her teaching staff to develop sound pedagogy through integrating Web 2.0 applications into learning and teaching programs, including those tools that encouraged higher order thinking.
Colleen epitomises the character of John H Lee through her innovative use of technologies in learning and teaching. We congratulate Colleen!
The opening of Mount Gambier's new City Library on Thursday 17th December 2009 has received overwhelming support from the community. Approximately 7,000 people came through the doors of the new Library, planned and developed by Library Manager and SIS graduate, Cathryn Harris.
The new building has adopted innovative information technologies with patrons' needs in mind. Special features include:
"I designed the initial layout of the building and my wonderful architect Peter Moeck built the building over the floor plan. We then involved people like John Stanley and Alan Butters to include their expertise and knowledge and the whole package is remarkable. We are the only library in SA that is 100% self-service with RFID and the community has really embraced the concept. We have jazz singers on Sundays and I am currently working on including a Farmers Market on the verandah once a month." said Library Manager, Cathryn Harris. "I am a very proud CSU graduate and could not have achieved what I have without you."
Frog kids RFID kiosk
Youth lounge area with PlayStation 3 consoles
Congratulations to Mohamed Boufarss, from the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi who is about to graduate with a Master of Applied Science (Library and Information Management) from the School of Information Studies. Mohamed wrote a paper based on his research project for the INF553 subject Research Projects in Information Studies. His paper entitled, "Institutional Repositories among Faculty at the Petroleum Institute," was presented at the 16th Annual Conference of the Special Libraries Association, Arabian Gulf Chapter 2010, which features the issues and perspectives of virtual knowledge in information institution. He was awarded the best paper in English. There were more than 30 papers presented in English and Arabic.
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The School of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University offers courses, and undertakes research, in library and information management and teacher librarianship
Congratulations to Mohamed Boufarss, from the Petroeum Institute in Abu Dhabi who is about to graduate with a Master of Applied Science (Library and Information Management) from the School of Information Studies at CSU. Mohamed has had a paper based on his research project for the subject Research Projects in Information Studies INF553 accepted for presentation at the16th Annual Conference of the Special Libraries Association, Arabian Gulf Chapter 2010 - Virtual Knowledge in Information Institutions: Issues and Perspectives March 2-4 2010. His paper is titled Institutional Repositories Among Faculty At The Petroleum Institute.
Some of the SIS staff (Damian, Jake, Asim, Bob, Tanya and Mary Anne) were privileged to attend a workshop titled "Introduction to Statistics using SPSS". It was conducted by Anindito Aditomo (Nino) of the CoCo Research Centre at the University of Sydney and the Faculty of Psychology at Surabaya University.
While Nino worked on improving our knowledge, skills and understanding the guys at the back (you know who you are :-)) provided relevant entertainment. The workshop was very useful and should see an increase in the use of descriptive and inferential statistics in research within the School.
The Research Applications in Library and Information Science (RAILS) 6 conference was held on Friday the 22nd of January, 2010 at Charles Sturt University's Canberra Campus. Academic, student and practitioner researchers from around Australia gathered to share their research, renew friendships, and dream up new projects.
The organising committee for this year's RAILS consisted of Dr Anne Lloyd, Dr Bob Pymm, and Damian Lodge - many thanks to them for their efforts, much appreciated. On behalf of ALIA, Derek Whitehead, University Librarian at Swinburne presented the ALIA RAILS 6 Scholarship to Jia Tina Du, PhD candidate at QUT (above left).
The program was diverse with papers on a wide range of topics, from an analysis of the choices and decisions that inform entry into the library and information profession, to the role of cognitive coordination in web search.
An important part of any meeting is the social networking - at right Kerry Smith from Curtin infiltrates a table of blokes at lunch (Gobinda Chowdury, UTS; Peter Macauley,RMIT; Michael Olsson UTS; Damian Lodge, CSU; Mike Middleton QUT and Mark Brogan, ECU )! Apologies to all the other people I took photos of. I am a very poor photographer, and you wouldn't thank me for posting them :-) Here's to meeting in another year at the next RAILS!
On Thursday 21st January ALIA hosted a Higher Educators Forum. The venue was CSU's campus in Canberra. Academics from the universities offering bachelors and masters programs in library and information studies were invited to attend. Educators attended from Curtin University; Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove and Gardens Point; RMIT University; University of South Australia; University of Technology, Sydney; University of Canberra; Edith Cowan University; and of course, there was a large contingent from CSU. Employer and ALIA representatives also attended - Sue Hutley, Dianne Walton-Sonda, Damian Lodge, Robyn Ellard and Gillian Hallam (ALIA), Derek Whitehead (Swinburne and ALIA), John Shipp (University of Sydney and CAUL), Jasmine Cameron (NLA and ASLA) and Deirdre Kiorkgaard (NLA). Items discussed included course recognition/accreditation, fieldwork placement, recognition of prior learning, the proposed RDA changes and research in the LIS sector. While agreement was not reached on all topics, valuable discussion and community building occurred. The photo is of some of the attendees who enjoyed dinner together afterwards at the Kurrajong Hotel.