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Charles Sturt University

2012

July research seminars focus on health

Gloved hand holding cigaretteRecent highlights for the School of Information Studies Research Seminar series have included presentations from two international guest speakers. On 12 July, Dr Cindy Jardine, Associate Professor with the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta presented her research, Youth Voices in Tobacco. The seminar presented a collaborative project undertaken with students from the K'álemì Dene School in the Northwest Territories of Canada to explore adolescent perceptions of smoking through photographs that were taken by the students in their local community. The research resulted in the production of a compelling booklet entitled “Youth Voices on Tobacco” which was distributed to all members of the school and the Yellowknives Dene First Nation communities of N’Dilo and Dettah. Jardine’s seminar was followed on 18 July with a presentation from Dr Sanghee Oh, Assistant Professor in the College of Communication & Information at Florida State University. Dr Oh’s presentation examined the quality of answers provided to Health Answers in social Q&A media as determined by librarians, nurses, and Yahoo!Answers users. This research focuses on the evaluation of the quality of health information in social media. It is expected that the findings from this study will help librarians and nurses to understand how lay people evaluate online health information in social contexts which, in turn, will inform the development of better health information services.

Slides and more information about each of these presentations can be found on the SIS Research page under Research Seminars.

New Media Horizon Report for K-12 education

Judy O'Connell, Courses Director (Teacher Librarianship) represented the education sector in Australia as a member of the Advisory Board of the NMC Horizon Report  2012 K-12 Edition. This annual report is a collaborative research effort between the The New Media Consortia (NMC), the Consortium of School Networking (CoSN), and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). This edition of the NMC Horizon Report series discusses the top emerging technologies, trends, and challenges that the advisory board believes will have a major impact on teaching, learning, and creative inquiry education over the next five years. The NMC Horizon Report  2012 K-12 Edition identifies mobile devices & apps and tablet computing as technologies expected to enter mainstream use in the first horizon of one year or less. Game-based learning and personal learning environments are seen in the second horizon of two to three years; and augmented reality and natural user interfaces emerged in the third horizon of four to five years. The research and analysis contained in the report will help inform K-12 educators' technology strategies over the next five years. Download the report http://www.nmc.org/publications/2012-horizon-report-k12.

Ashley Freeman retires after 25 years at CSU

Ashley FreemanDr Ashley Freeman, Director of the Teacher Librarianship programs in the School, has retired after 25 years at CSU. At his farewell dinner, Ashley received a special certificate of appreciation from the Australian School Libraries Association (ASLA), as well as congratulations and gifts (including a Kindle!) from his very grateful colleagues. He will be much missed as a teacher librarianship lecturer, program administrator, and also as chair of the School’s Professional Experience Committee. Ashley has now embarked on some travels, but will remain attached to the School as an Adjunct Senior Lecturer. Judy O’Connell takes over as Courses Director (Teacher Librarianship).

Carroll wins NCVER Grant

Congratulations to Dr Mary Carroll, who has be awarded a $30,000 grant from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) to fund a project investigating the formal and informal use of public libraries by private Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) to support their programme delivery. Anecdotal evidence suggests public libraries in Australia's capital cities are increasingly being asked to cater for the students of many smaller RTOs, which provide little or no information infrastructure or services of their own. To date no research had been undertaken to examine the extent of provision of information infrastructure to students attending private RTOs.

Prof Given awarded CIHR grant

Congratulations to Professor Lisa Given who has been awarded a Knowledge Synthesis Grant ($50,000) from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Lisa is a principal investigator on the project, entitled "A scoping review of social media in health care," along with Lisa Hartling and Shannon Scott from the University of Alberta, and Terry Klassen from the University of Manitoba.

This scoping review will map a broad body of evidence to determine how social media is being used in health care, specifically in patient populations, and to assess the extent and type of evidence available for future systematic reviews.

Kennan new editor of AARL

Senior Lecturer Mary Anne Kennan has recently been appointed joint editor of Australian Academic and Research Libraries (AARL) with her colleague, Gaby Haddow from Curtin University. Published quarterly, AARL is devoted to all aspects of librarianship and information research in university and college libraries, including the technical and further education sector, and in research libraries of all types.

Gaby and Mary Anne take over the editorship of AARL from the able hands of Dr Bob Pymm, also of SIS. Bob has steered the journal on a strong course attracting high quality research papers from the Australasian region and also encouraging practitioner contributions both which contribute to the enhancement of the national and international reputation of AARL. Gaby and Mary Anne intend continuing these activities and in addition they plan to encourage contributions from the broader information sector,  such as archives, records, and other research-based information services. The new editors  also hope to develop special sections in the journal, for example, features that  will appeal to newer professionals or have a particular practitioner focus. Another focus will be special editions in topical areas. People interested in coordinating a special edition are invited to contact Mary Anne and Gaby with their ideas.

May 2012 News

New Book by Dr. Waseem Afzal titled Management of Information Organizations

Summary

Cover of Management of Information Organizations bookInformation organizations influence people in many ways. These influences include economic, political, cognitive, and cultural dimensions. To manage and understand their impact at the individual, organizational and societal level, we must uncover conceptual and operational facets of information, management, and information organizations.

Management of Information Organizations presents an overview of information organizations and their intellectual foundations, examining the qualities of management and the role of information professionals within these organizations. A discussion on information is followed by chapters focused on: Organizations; Management; Information organizations; and The role of information managers and information professionals in information organizations.

This book will be a valuable text for the bachelor, postgraduate, and Master Library and Information Science students taking courses in Management of Information Organizations/Agencies.

Key Features

  • provides a foundation in core concepts of library and information science
  • takes a multi-disciplinary approach
  • gives both theoretical and practical perspectives
  • explores fundamental issues in information organizations

Prof Given awarded CIHR grant

Congratulations to Professor Lisa Given who has been awarded a Knowledge Synthesis Grant ($50,000) from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Lisa is a principal investigator on the project, entitled "A scoping review of social media in health care," along with Lisa Hartling and Shannon Scott from the University of Alberta, and Terry Klassen from the University of Manitoba.

This scoping review will map a broad body of evidence to determine how social media is being used in health care, specifically in patient populations, and to assess the extent and type of evidence available for future systematic reviews.

Kennan new editor of AARL

Senior Lecturer Mary Anne Kennan has recently been appointed joint editor of Australian Academic and Research Libraries (AARL) with her colleague, Gaby Haddow from Curtin University. Published quarterly, AARL is devoted to all aspects of librarianship and information research in university and college libraries, including the technical and further education sector, and in research libraries of all types.

Gaby and Mary Anne take over the editorship of AARL from the able hands of Dr Bob Pymm, also of SIS. Bob has steered the journal on a strong course attracting high quality research papers from the Australasian region and also encouraging practitioner contributions both which contribute to the enhancement of the national and international reputation of AARL. Gaby and Mary Anne intend continuing these activities and in addition they plan to encourage contributions from the broader information sector,  such as archives, records, and other research-based information services. The new editors  also hope to develop special sections in the journal, for example, features that  will appeal to newer professionals or have a particular practitioner focus. Another focus will be special editions in topical areas. People interested in coordinating a special edition are invited to contact Mary Anne and Gaby with their ideas.

Lecturer wins ASIST award

Congratulations to Dr Waseem Afzal, a lecturer in the School, whose research proposal was selected for the Elfreda A. Chatman Research Award this year by ASIS&T's Information Needs, Seeking, and Use Special Interest Group (SIG USE).

Dr Anne Lloyd wins Uniting Care Innovate Community Grant

Congratulations to Dr Anne Lloyd, a Senior Lecturer in the School, and Dr Jane Wilkinson of the School of Education, who have won a Uniting Care Innovate Community Grantof almost $12,000 for their project proposal, 'How do refugee youth use their everyday spaces to learn?' The project will identify, describe and analyse the information needs, literacies and learning practices used by Wagga Wagga refugee youth in everyday learning spaces. The study will inform the work of the Uniting Church, Centacare, the Wagga Wagga City Library and other stakeholders who support refugee youth's learning needs within the Wagga Wagga community.

New book from SIS faculty

illustrationSIS research fellow Dr Paul Scifleet's recently published volume, edited in collaboration with University of Sheffield iSchool colleagues Drs Angela Lin and Jonathan Foster, joins the list of books published by SIS faculty this year. Covering the topics, crowdsourcing, consumer-generated content, online social networks, electronic word of mouth and online consumer behaviours, Consumer Information Systems and Relationship Management: Design Implementation & Use, presents empirical research, theoretical frameworks, and models for supporting strategic management and meeting consumer needs through the use of digital and Web-based technologies. Further details at: http://www.igi-global.com/book/consumer-information-systems-relationship-management/73567.

PhD student presents his research from Seattle

Terry AslaOn Thursday 19 September more than 30 participants joined in celebrating the completion of CSU student Terry Asla's Ph.D. with a presentation of his research delivered from the University of Washington's iSchool in Seattle, USA. Terry's study, The Fourth Age: Human information behavior and successful aging, makes a significant contribution to LIS by examining how physical, cognitive and social losses in the final stages of life impact human information behavior (HIB). The research shows that information literacy nearly always declines in the fourth age, making it increasingly difficult—if not impossible—to use the Internet and other technologies. The findings show that it is possible to extend existing information literacy skills by providing the proper motivation and support in this age. Terry, a United States resident, was joined in the presentation by his supervisor, Dr Kirsty Williamson, from the SIS seminar room in Wagga Wagga. The event marks the first of our open online seminar sessions delivered using Adobe Connect technology; more to come! We wish Terry every success following the completion of this important Ph.D.

Innovation is key to a new degree offering

illustrationThe School of Information studies is pleased to announce the launch of a new degree, the Master of Education (Knowledge Networks & Digital Innovation). This new post-graduate degree introduces innovative options in postgraduate study in education, and provides flexible program options in knowledge networking, global information flow, advanced search techniques, learning analytics, social media, digital citizenship, game-based learning, digital literature and learning spaces design. Now more than ever, working in education requires a deeper knowledge and understanding of the diversities of information environments, e-learning innovations, e-literature, e-pedagogy, and participatory online cultures.

Courses Director Judy O'Connell explains, "The digital revolution has provided a plethora of flexible teaching tools for teachers, but using them can be challenging and at time intimidating. Teachers know that traditional approaches to learning are no longer capable of coping with this constantly changing world. So while the value of information as knowledge remains at the heart of learning and teaching, technologies and social media platforms are driving an unprecedented reorganization of the learning environment in and beyond schools. This new course provides education professionals with the opportunity to customise a postgraduate program of study that will meet their practical and professional needs."

Further information can be found at http://www.csu.edu.au/digital. Regular Webinars are also provided to allow educators to learn more about what the degree has to offer. Enrolments are now open for 2014.

Singapore Study Visit and International Experience

A group of 22 students have returned from a wonderful four days in Singapore visiting a range of libraries and information agencies through a structured program of visits at a diverse range of information organisations, including Singapore National Library, Nanyang Technological University library, Singapore Press Holding library, and Tanglin Trust School libraries. This study visit provided an outstanding opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of how various information agencies function to service a particular clientele, and also an understanding of the career opportunities available within the profession abroad. Students in SingaporeThis four-day study visit was part of the requirements in both undergraduate and postgraduate courses, as well as the subject EEB310 International Cultural & Education Program, which acknowledges the students participation in an International Short term Program. Student Suzanne recorded her international experiences at http://studyvisit.weebly.com/, and reflected: "Singapore is a modern, successful and forward-looking city that strives to be at the forefront of the world in many ways. I feel this ethos is reflected in many of the libraries we visited on this tour, as they can be seen to be pushing forward with technology and innovation to create the libraries of the future." Students in Singapore

Prof Given elected Chair of ASIST Sig-USE

Prof Lisa Given has been elected Chair of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIST)'s Sig-USE, 2013-2014. Sig-USE seeks to 'promote contextual studies of human information-related behavior and provision of information services and to encourage the application of the study results to information systems design.' Prof Given will take up the position at the Association's annual conference in Montreal, Canada, in November 2013. Additional details about Sig-USE can be found at http://siguse.wordpress.com/.

SIS Student Conference Award winner attends CAIS

PhD student Rebekah Willson attended the Canadian Association of Information Science (CAIS) conference in Victoria, BC, Canada in June, presenting on 'Using transition theory in information behaviour research: addressing change in personal narratives.' In her presentation, Becky defined transitions from the research literature and discussed several aspects of transitions including bounded change, temporality, spatiality and liminality. She then detailed how transitions have been addressed in current information behaviour research and how transition theory could make further contributions. Becky's trip was partly supported by one of the first of two SIS Student Conference Awards.

SIS joins the iSchools

The School has been admitted to the international iSchools organization, which promotes the study of information in all its facets. There are over 50 universities represented amongst the iSchools, from all over the world. CSU is the third Australian university to join. The iSchools website is at http://ischools.org; the other iSchools are listed at http://ischools.org/directory.

April News

Lyn Hay wins Teacher Librarian Leadership Award

The editors of Teacher Librarian: the Journal for School Library Professionals have announced SIS Lecturer, Lyn Hay, as a winner of the journal's inaugural Leadership Awards. Dr David Loertscher, co-editor of the journal, said these winners "have shown visionary leadership in the learning commons concept and innovation in 21st-century learning."

"Librarianship and education are changing to meet the needs of students in a complex, information-rich, technology-intensive environment," according to Loertscher, and "our honorees understand this and are working to innovate and create new models of learning and teaching, where technology plays a growing role not only in finding and using information but also by facilitating new social structures which promote collaboration, sharing, and real learning."

The award recipients are featured in the April 2012 issue of Teacher Librarian (www.teacherlibrarian.com).

Virtual Seminar, Swedish School Library and Information Science

Ola PilerotOn 03 April, Ola Pilerot, a Lecturer with the Swedish School of Library and Information Science, University of Boras, delivered the first of two virtual presentations to take place between the University of Boras and SIS this year. Ola's topic, Sharing and non-sharing of work related information amongst scholars within the field of research design, presented an overview of his dissertation project on the information sharing practices of design researchers. Ola discussed his work from a theoretical perspective grounded in practice theory and raised questions around the challenges of gathering empirical material for research in complex heterogeneous environments. This seminar, by video linkup, which was attended by faculty both here and at the University of Boras, will be followed by a second virtual seminar from Jake Wallis here at SIS in September.

March News

Social networking a priority

On Wednesday 7th March Wollongong City Library and branch libraries closed their doors in an innovative move to plan for social media integration into core library services.  Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery OAM applauded the initiative of holding a Staff Development day which allowed all the staff to be present and actively involved in the development of new social media services for community services. Judy O'Connell, a lecturer in the School of Information Studies who works in the field of  social media, was the invited keynote speaker, and shared her insights as well as the challenges to address in the evolving  strategy for this group of libraries. Judy writes online at <http://heyjude.wordpress.com>  and is noted for her leadership in the field of social media. Her presentation Libraries with X Factor: Social Media is available at Slideshare.

Lecturer joins ASLA's Futures Taskforce >

The Australian School Library Association (ASLA) has convened a Futures Taskforce in response to  the Government school library enquiry report, School libraries and teacher librarians in 21st century Australia, tabled in Parliament on the 24th November 2011. Judy O'Connell, Associate Course Director (Teacher Librarianship), will represent CSU in this key initiative.

The project brief of the Taskforce will be to prepare a Futures Paper on school libraries and 21st century learning in Australian schools. In this 10-month project the Futures Taskforce will work collaboratively with representatives from government and non-government departments of education; national principals' associations; education unions; universities offering training in teacher librarianship; and the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). The focus of the paper will be to provide the national and state governments with standards and recommendations for 21st century school libraries in Australia.

The paper will be launched at a Leadership Summit in October.

February 2012 News

Dr France Bouthillier, Research Seminar

France BouthillierDr France Bouthillier, Associate Professor and Director of the School of Information Studies at McGill University, joined us on 29 February to present her research into the phenomenon of cyber-bullying. In her seminar, Cyber-bullying, Public Spaces and IT/Telecom Companies: A Review of Issues and Solutions for Librarians, Dr Bouthillier spoke about the growing public concern for problems stemming from Cyber-bullying. The thought provoking research seminar outlined the different types of bullying that are taking place, from cyber-stalking, happy slapping, outing and internet polling to impersonating. Dr Bouthillier challenged those in attendance to think about the issues for librarians and school teachers tasked with responsibility of managing access to many of the public services and spaces where cyber-bullying is initiated.

The seminar was well attended by both an in-house and a virtual audience at CSU campus. The virtual attendees had the opportunity to speak with Dr Bouthillier by videolink. Local media from the Daily Advertiser attended and reported the news: http://www.dailyadvertiser.com.au/news/local/news/general/cyberbullying-back-in-the-spotlight/2472982.aspx

Dr Tina Du, Research Seminar Workshop

Tina DuThe School of Information Studies Research Seminar Series commenced in February with presentations from visiting scholars, Dr Tina Du (University of South Australia) and Associate Professor France Bouthillier (McGill University).

On 15 February Dr Du, joined us from the School of Computer and Information Science, University of South Australia to present the results from an extensive study into human Web search behaviour. The research seminar, Multitasking and Cognitive Coordinating Behaviours in Web Search, reported how people organise and multitask Web searching across multiple information problems. The results of the study demonstrate the prevalence of sophisticated multitasking, cognitive coordination and strategic planning across the information problems people bring to Web search. In the afternoon, Dr Du took extra time out to present a workshop on the methods, techniques and tools applied in her study.

These two sessions provided SIS with a unique opportunity to receive an overview of both research results and also be instructed in the research processes that led to those results.

February Res School

The residential school for new undergraduates was held in Wagga from February 9-11th.  Around 100 students attended and we were fortunate in that the weather was pleasant - not too hot.  The three days were packed with teaching and learning activities filling up each day 9-5, followed by social activities - a BBQ on campus to meet informally all staff on Thursday night and a dinner/dance at the Union Hotel in Wagga with a live band and a particularly fine meal.

Everyone got a lot out of the three days and are hopefully now all fired up to get stuck into the new semester just starting.  Most students are NSW based but we had a number from other states including Western Australia - probably the farthest away was a student who came all the way from Broome.

Typical comments from the feedback sheets included:

  • Absolutely great - coming from a non librarian background I'd even say the res school was essential!
  • Very useful, it has enabled me to connect with other students in my situation and meet up with people from the area where I live.
  • Very useful - feelings of trepidation as I commenced study have been alleviated by assurances of help offered and knowing about the services available to me.

Nearly everyone was very positive about their experience-one student even came up to me and thanked me for not agreeing to her request for exemption as she'd got so much out of it!

This year, there will be another Res School running July 4-6th for the mid-year undergraduate intake and we look forward to meeting the new starters in the middle of a Wagga winter!

Australian Academic and Research Libraries (AARL)

After several years as editor of Australian Academic and Research Libraries (AARL) - the major research focused journal in the LIS field in Australia - Dr Bob Pymm will be stepping down as editor from March this year.  The journal offers the opportunity for both long term researchers and novices in the publishing field to get their research and experiences out there to the broader Australian audience.  Bob was particularly keen on encouraging a mix of submissions, from traditional academic research papers to works from practitioners placing their own experiences within the broader LIS environment.  The ongoing success of journals such as AARL is testament to the strength and commitment of the profession to moving forward and learning through research.  There is currently a call out from ALIA seeking Bob's replacement.

January 2012 News

Lecturer visiting ANU

Dr Ying-Hsang Liu is spending his extended research period as a Visiting Fellow at the College of Engineering & Computer Science, at the Australian National University. He is working with Professor Tom Gedeon (ANU) and Dr Paul Thomas (CSIRO) on a research project entitled, 'Query Reformulation and Search Interface Design: An Eye-Tracking User Study'. Ying-Hsang has also recently published an interesting article in JASIST:

Wu, M.-M., & Liu, Y.-H. (2011). On intermediaries' inquiring minds, elicitation styles, and user satisfaction. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 62(12), 2396-2403. doi: 10.1002/asi.21644

SIS wins 2012 ASIST Lecturer Series Award

Gloria Leckie

The School is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the 2012 ASIST Lecture Series Award. The 2012 Lecture will be given by Dr. Gloria Leckie, Professor Emeritus of the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada on 21 March (5pm) at the National Library of Australia, Canberra. Dr. Leckie's talk - From Facebook to Twitter and Into the Cloud: Where is Library and Information Science in our Googleized World - explores the meaning of libraries and information centres in today's technological world, through a discussion of educational and research-related issues.

This is the first time that this Series has been awarded to a host institution outside of North America. The sponsor of the award - the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) - created this competition to promote the progress of information science and technology. CSU SIS is pleased to be the first Australian host for this Series. Additional details about the award can be found on the ASIST website at http://www.asist.org/awards/Lecture_Series_winner_2011.html

SIS Welcomes New Faculty Members

Mary Carroll, Paul Scifleet, and Barbara Combes

Three new faculty members have arrived at the School this month.

Dr Mary Carroll joins the School as a Lecturer in Information Studies. Mary comes with extensive experience as an LIS educator, particularly in the TAFE sector. She has also been an academic librarian and teacher librarian. Mary graduated from CSU with a PhD in 2009. Her thesis was entitled, "Role perception and the library worker in Australia: the role of education in defining roles and tasks of librarians and library technicians".

Dr Paul Scifleet joins the School as a full-time Research Fellow. Prior to his appointment, Paul was a Lecturer with the Discipline of Business Information Systems at the University of Sydney Business School.  He  has over twelve years experience in information management and has worked extensively on the design and implementation of electronic document and content management systems, including as digital projects coordinator and education officer with the Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW. He has  also held academic positions at the University of New South Wales and, more recently, as a Visiting Scholar with the Information School at the University of Sheffield, the Royal School Library and Information Science, Copenhagen, and the Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.

Barbara Combes joins the School as a Lecturer in Teacher Librarianship. Barbara hails from the School of Computer and Security Science at Edith Cowan University. She has an extensive record of professional activity in the teacher librarianship field and is currently Co-President of the West Australian School Library Association (WASLA) and Vice President (Advocacy and Promotion) of the International Association of School Libraries (IASL). She is also member of the Editorial Board for School Libraries Worldwide.

The School wishes Mary, Paul and Barbara all the very best!

SIS Faculty Attend ALISE

Four members of SIS staff attended the Association of Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) conference, held in Dallas, Texas, from 17th to 20th January.

Waseem Afzal

Dr Waseem Afzal (pictured) presented a poster (co-authored by Dr. Mary Anne Kennan of CSU and Professor Sheila Corrall of the University of Sheffield) entitled, 'Evolving Roles: Research Support Services in the Academic Libraries of Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and the UK.' The poster described an ongoing investigation into the evolving roles of academic libraries in the area of research support services.

Meanwhile, Dr Kim Thompson (with Dr Denice Adkins of the University of Missouri) presented a paper in a session related to National/International Perspectives on LIS education, moderated by SIS Professor Lisa Given. Kim's paper, 'How Many Librarians Does It Take? A Honduras Case Study in LIS Education Effort,' examined the growth of LIS education in Honduras, with a focus on how collaboration with external consultants can lead to a culturally appropriate curriculum.

New arrival to SIS, Dr Mary Carroll, also presented at the conference. Mary's paper, 'Collaborating for the Future Sustainability of Australian Library and Information Science Education,' was an output from a large-scale project funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC), which aims to re-position Australian library and information science education in the emerging professional landscape.