Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University


ASIST Lecture: Professor Emeritus Gloria Leckie

What is the meaning of a Googleized world for today’s libraries and information centres, and related education and research?

ASIST lecture series award presentation
Professor Emeritus Gloria Leckie (University of Western Ontario, Canada) presentation at the National Library of Australia in Canberra.

On 21 March, 2012, The School of Information Studies was pleased to be the first Australian host for the American Society for Information Science and Technology Lecture Series Award. The audio recording and presentation slides for this highlight event are now available by clicking on the links below.

Professor Leckie’s presentation explores the three faces of library and information science: as an academic discipline, as
 an educational space for the modern librarian, and as a profession that cares about the role of information in society.

Each aspect is examined through specific topics, including the changing role and worth of the library, the need to be proactive with technology (e.g., digital preservation projects), how we can (and should) interact with other academic disciplines, and the challenges faced by educational institutions in preparing the librarians of the future.

Gloria LeckieProfessor Emeritus Gloria Leckie has a BA in Economics and Geography from the University of Windsor (Canada), an MLIS as well as an MA and PhD in Geography from the University of Western Ontario (Canada). She worked for a decade as a librarian in university and government research libraries before returning to school in 1985 to undertake her doctorate. Since 1988, she has been teaching in the Master’s of Library and Information Science program at the University of Western Ontario, in the areas of cataloging, academic librarianship, information seeking behaviour and library as place. Her research and publications have concentrated on various aspects of information literacy, academic libraries, information seeking, the library as place, and critical theory in LIS. Gloria’s most recent book, co-edited with John Buschman and Lisa Given, is entitled Critical Theory in Library and Information Science: Exploring the Social From Across the Disciplines. Gloria is currently a Professor Emeritus but is continuing at the university in a new role as a Faculty Associate at the Teaching Support Centre, where her portfolio encompasses issues related to graduate education. She is also Vice Chair of the London Public Library Board, and a research mentor/consultant to the Librarians’ Research Institute of the Canadian Associate of Research Libraries.

Listen to the presentation [MP3, 84714.01 KB]

View presentation slides