Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University


December 2011

Visiting Professor Lynn Westbrook Public Lecture at Wagga Wagga City Library

Professor Lynn Westbrook delivered a public lecture, entitled "Engaging Communities: Information as a Social Good" at Wagga Wagga City Library on Wednesday, 14 December 2011 at 5 pm.

November 2011 News from the School

Australian Society of Archivists (ASA) Accredits Records and Archives Specialisation

The Records and Archives specialisation within both the Bachelor of Information Studies (BIS) and Master of Information Studies (MIS) courses has been accredited by Australian Society of Archivists (ASA) for the next five years (1 September 2011 - 31 December 2016).

Both BIS and MIS degrees are recognised by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) as a professional qualification, enabling graduates to work in the full range of library and information sectors. The courses are also recognised by RIM (Records and Information Management) Professionals Australasia.

For further information about the background of ASA course accreditation, please see

Judy O'Connell's Blog to be included in PANDORA Archive

Congratulations to Judy O'Connell for her Heyjude: learning in an online world blog which has been selected for preservation in the PANDORA Archive.

PANDORA, Australia's Web Archive, was set up by the National Library of Australia in 1996 to enable the archiving and provision of long-term access to online Australian publications. It aims to build a selective collection of Australian web publications to ensure that Australians have access to their digital heritage now and in the future.

Additional information about PANDORA and access to archived titles can be found on the Library's server at:

October 2011 News from the school

SIS Graduate Cathryn Harris Won the Nokia Business Innovation Award

SIS Graduate Cathryn Harris won the Nokia Business Innovation Award for the work that Cathryn, her council and her team have put in to make the Mt Gambier library service a great success story. Cathryn commented on her CSU learning experiences, "I am a very proud CSU student. The confidence I gained through my years of studies provided me with the inspiration and drive to complete not only the building project but also drives me daily to ensure this library is the very best it can be. Thanks so much to you and the CSU team for helping me achieve such great things."

For further information, please see the award nominees at

September 2011 News from the school

The School of Information Studies Welcomes Professor Lisa Given

The School of Information Studies held a morning tea to welcome Professor Lisa Given in July. Following an international search, Dr Lisa Given has been appointed to the position of Professor of Information Studies.

Dr Given was a Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta. She was a former Director, and now a Distinguished Scholar, of the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology, and held research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, and other agencies. She has received numerous research awards and published widely on topics related to individuals' information behaviours and qualitative inquiry. Dr Given also serves on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Institute for Research in Computing and the Arts. Recent projects include the SSHRC-funded studies, 'Participatory design for a visually-based drug information interface: Web usability in the context of consumers' health information behaviours' and 'Just what do they do? Studying the usage of online text analysis tools', as well as the CIHR-funded project, 'H1N1 knowledge translation for pregnant women & seniors'. Dr Given has published more than 70 books, chapters and articles, and is editor of The Sage Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods (2008) and co-editor of Critical theory for library and information science: Exploring the social from across the disciplines (2010).

The School of Information Studies at CSU greatly looks forward to working with Dr Given, who will be playing a key role in the continued development of its research capacity.

Welcome Morning Tea

Dr Kim Thompson presents Virtual Seminar to the US Embassy in Mexico

KimJune 16, 2011 Dr Kim M. Thompson of the School of Information Studies (and Fulbright Scholar 2010) presented a virtual seminar for the US Embassy in Mexico. More than 291 participants from Mexico to Chile and all countries in-between (plus Romania!) were part of the seminar which discussed skills and knowledge the information professional of the 21st Century needs to have ("Nuevos habilidades y conocimientos para el bibliotecario exitoso del siglo XXI") based on lessons Dr Thompson has learned working in Latin America, the US, and Australia.

Dr Ashley Freeman presents 2011 ASLA (NSW) and Charles Sturt University John H Lee Memorial Award

Pictured (L to R) Dr Ashley Freeman, Sharon McGuinness and Jane PrettyDr Ashley Freeman of School of Information Studies presented the 2011 ASLA (NSW) and Charles Sturt University John H. Lee Memorial Award to Jane Pretty and Sharon McGuinness. Jane and Sharon, both primary teacher librarians, took advantage of the DET (Department of Education & Training) Connected Classrooms, and through using videoconferencing and Brigit software, brought young writers together to learn with author Sandy Fussell together.

(L to R) Ashley Freeman, Sharon McGuinness and Jane Pretty

Janette Telford Presented Library Technicians Career Path Research Findings

telfordJanette Telford, winner of the 2009 ALIA Library Technician Award, presented her findings at the 2011 Library Technicians Conference in Perth. Janette had been researching her topic, Is there a career path for Library Technicians. The School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University, sponsored the award.

(L to R) Damian Lodge, Janette Telford and Roy Sanders at the 2011 Library Technicians Conference in Perth

April 2011 News from the school

Dr James Herring Publishes New Book

Dr James Herring from the School of Information Studies has published his new book Improving Students' Web Use and Information Literacy: A guide for teachers and teacher librarians.

James HerringThe web is now an integral part of students' lives in school and in society, and they need to be ever more web alert in order to gain the most from their education. What teachers and teacher librarians badly need to help them achieve this is a professional tool that combines knowledge and use of the web, Web 2.0 tools and information literacy for schools.

This book fulfils that need by providing a practical guide to using the web effectively in order to enhance learning and teaching in schools. It does this by focusing on the knowledge and skills needed by teachers and teacher librarians to be information literate web users and to develop these abilities in their students. It then focuses on using Web 2.0 tools to create learning resources for students which will develop them as reflective web learners as well as web users.

Full details can be found at the publisher's website, including the Table of Contents and Chapter 1 as free pdf downloads.

Dr Kim Thompson, Fulbright Scholar, School of Information Studies

Dr Kim M. Thompson recently returned from Honduras where she was part of a nine month Fulbright Scholarship to assist in designing a Library and Information Science curriculum for the Universidad Pedagogica Nacional Francisco Morazan (UPNFM). As a consultant on the project she helped coordinate a national review into the need for the Master's program and then assisted in writing a proposal to develop the program with a strong teaching and research focus, using competency-based learning modules as required in the Graduate and Curriculum Department specifications. Kim also created an online subject for the university related to the management of information organizations. The program was approved internally before she left at the end of October and will be put forward for national approval in January.

While in Honduras Kim was invited to sit pro tem on the Directive Board of the Honduran Librarian and Documentalist Association (Asociacion de Bibliotecarios y Documentalistas de Honduras or ABIDH) and, in that capacity, update the ABIDH association website and help coordinate the annual ABIDH conference in Tegucigalpa, participating as a plenary speaker and workshop presenter in August of 2010. Kim Thompson In addition, during her time in Honduras she was invited to provide training for the Honduran National Judicial Archivists, present at Compartir volunteer public librarian and Price Charities school librarian workshops, provide academic librarianship training at the UPNFM-Tegucigalpa and UPNFM-San Pedro Sula libraries, and was invited by the U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua to give a plenary presentation and workshops at a Public Library Conference in Managua, Nicaragua.

Kim (right) sits on panel discussion of international Library Science issues with colleagues Dr. Denice Adkins (center) from the University of Missouri, USA and Wilson Castano Munoz (left) from the Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia during the 2010 ABIDH Conference.