Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Associate Professor Mary Anne Kennan

Associate Professor Mary Kennan

BA (UNE), GradDipLib (RCAE), MBT (UNSW), PhD (UNSW)

Dr Mary Anne Kennan is is Associate Professor and Associate Head of School, School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University. Mary Anne has a PhD from the University of New South Wales in scholarly communication and researches and publishes in the areas of scholarly communication, changing academic library services (including research data management), and education for library and information managers. Prior to becoming an academic Mary Anne worked mainly in academic libraries, the most recent as Director of the Frank Lowy Library at the Australian Graduate School of Management.   Mary Anne is Editor of the Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association (JALIA), the flagship journal of the Australian Library and Information Association which publishes peer reviewed research and research-in-practice papers.

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Mary Anne's research interests focus broadly on scholarly communication including open access, institutional repositories, e-research, research data management, citizen science and increasingly on the practices of information sharing and collaboration.

Other recent investigations include working with CSU colleagues to investigate how information can play a part in the social inclusion of refugees. More broadly Mary Anne is interested in research methodology and methods, and investigates using a variety of approaches, including interpretivist/constuctivist and post positivist, and a variety of methods from field research to survey.

Research Grants

2012: Building community knowledge for environmental sustainability

$9,822 Wettenhall Foundation Small Environmental Grant and
$10,000 Australian Plants Society, Victoria
Kirsty Williamson (Monash University and Charles Sturt University), Graeme Johanson (Monash University), Mary Anne Kennan (Charles Sturt University).

2012: Research program funding for the Information Practices Research Program

$62,000 Charles Sturt University, Faculty of Education Research Program Funding.
Co-applicants: Prof L. Given, Drs. Annemaree Lloyd, Mary Anne Kennan, Kim Thompson, Asim Qayyum and Ms. Suzanne Lipu, School of Information Studies

2011: Corralling Wild Data: Analysis of Needs and Exploration of Creative Solutions for Environmental  Voluntary Groups

$6,000 CSU Faculty of Education Small Grant
Mary Anne Kennan, Kirsty Williamson.

2010: Information, social exclusion and informed  participation: exploring the information literacy practices of settlers

$23,000 CSU Competitive Grant
Annemaree Lloyd, Mary Anne Kennan, Asim Qayyum, Suzanne Lipu

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Mary Anne's teaching portfolio includes "INF404 Foundations for Information Studies", "INF449 Research Data Management", "INF461 An Introduction to Data Management: Governance, Standards and Ethics" and "INF462 Data Curation". She also at times teaches the various research methods subjects.

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Principal Supervision

Paul Kloppenborg, Information Studies, Charles Sturt University, PhD, "How is the scholarly information behaviour of Higher Education (HE) lecturers in TAFE institutions supported by TAFE libraries?" (Co-supervisors Drs Asim Qayyum and Bob Pymm).

Helen Reid, Information Studies, Charles Sturt University, PhD, "Learning on the job: How can academic librarians keep up to date with emerging technologies" (in progress).

Co-supervision

Lily Gao, Information Studies, Charles Sturt University, PhD, "Information Seeking and Use of Chinese Offshore Students Studying in Australian University Programs" (Completed)

Wade Kelly, Information Studies, Charles Sturt University, PhD, "Outreach activities of early career academics: An inter-disciplinary cross-cultural examination of alternative research dissemination pressures and priorities [working title]" (in Progress, Principal supervisor Professor Lisa Given).

Completed Co-supervision

Dr Lily Gao, Information Studies, Charles Sturt University, PhD, "Information Seeking and Use of Chinese Offshore Students Studying in Australian University Programs" (Completed, Principal supervisor Associate Professor Philip Hider and Co-supervisor Dr Lisa Soon)

Dr Jacob Wallis, Information Studies, Charles Sturt University, Australia (PhD) – "#digitalactivism: networks, new media and political action" (Completed, Principal supervisor Professor Lisa Given)

Mary Anne has acted as external examiners for Honours, Masters and PhD theses at multiple universities.

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Mary Anne is involved in many professional activities including:

Editorial activities

Professional Associations

  • Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)
  • Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE)
  • Australian Library and Information Association  (ALIA)

Professional Activities

  • Member of the ALIA Research Committee 2006-2014; Presenter annual "Research for practitioner" workshops  2010-2014
  • Joint guest editor - special issue on "E-Democracy - Online Youth Participation and engagement," 2010 International Journal of E-Politics (IJEP) http://www.igi-global.com/Files/Ancillary/jep.2010.1.3 preface.pdf
  • Program Committee, 20th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, 2009.
  • DOCAM 2015 Co-Chair with Maureen Henninger, University of Technology, Sydney and Paul Scifleet, Swinburne University
  • Reviewing (e.g. JASIST, Program, First Monday, Sage Open, IJANNTI, Webology, Leverhulme Trust grant applications (UK), ERA 2012)

CSU Committees

  • CSU Research Advisory Committee 2009-2013
  • School of Information Studies School Board 2009+
  • School of Information Studies Communications Committee 2013-2014
  • School of Information Studies Ethics Committee 2009-2014
  • School of Information Studies Research Committee Chair 2009-2011 (intermittent), Member 2011+
  • Faculty of Arts and Education Ethics Committee 2015+
  • Faculty of Arts and Education, Faculty Board 2014+
  • RDM Policy Implementation Group meeting 2015+
  • CSU eResearch Coordination Committee  2011+
  • CSU Data Governance Committee 2009+

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Refereed Book Chapters

  • Williamson, K., Johanson, G., Byrne, A., Given. L., Kennan, M. and Oliver, G. (2018) The future of information research. In Williamson, K. & Johanson, G. Research Methods: Information Systems and Contexts, 2nd Ed., Cambridge, MA., Chandos
  • Cecez-Kecmanovic, D. & Kennan, M.A. (2018) Chapter 5. The methodological landscape: Information systems and knowledge managementin Research Methods: Information, Systems, and Contexts Williamson, K. & Johanson, G. (eds.). Cambridge, MA., Chandos
  • Kennan, M.A., Carroll, M. & Thompson, K (2018) Letting go, holding on or re-envisioning? In Sarin, L.C., Percell, J., Jaeger, P.T. & Bertot, J.C. Challenges and opportunities for LIS Education in Australia in Advances in Librarianship Volume 42, Re-Envisioning the MLIS: Perspectives on the Future of Library and Information Science Education London, Emerald Group Publishing.
  • Kennan, M.A. & Thompson, K. (2013) Chapter 22: Research Writing and Dissemination in Research Methods: Information, Systems, and Contexts Williamson, K. & Johanson, G. (eds). Tilde Publishing, Prahran, Victoria. pp 476-491
  • Pymm, B, Carroll, M., McCausland, S. & Kennan, M.A (2016) Big data: Opportunities and barriers across cultural heritage sectors in Annual Review of Cultural Heritage  Informatics Arms, J.W (ed.) Lanham MD, Rowman & Littlefield,. pp 119-128.

Published Data

Refereed Journal Articles:

  • Cox, A. M., Kennan, M. A., Lyon, L., Pinfield, S  & Sbafi, L. Maturing Research Data Services and the Transformation of Academic Libraries (in press) Journal of Documentation
  • Cox, A. M., Kennan, M. A., Lyon, L., Pinfield, S  & Sbafi, L. Progress in Research Data Services: An international survey of university libraries (in press) International Journal of Digital Curation
  • Hider, P. & Kennan, M.A. (in press) "How Far apart are L and M? The Institutional and Publishing Disconnects between LIS and Museum Studies"  Journal of Education for Library and Information Science (JELIS)
  • Kennan, M.A. & Lymn, J. (2019) Where is the (Information) in GLAM? Education, knowledge and skills requirements of professionals working in GLAM sector institutions. Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association.  68(2)
  • Kennan, M. A. (2017). 'In the eye of the beholder': knowledge and skills requirements for data professionals. Information Research, 22(4) http://www.informationr.net/ir/22-4/rails/rails1601.html
  • Cox, A. M., Kennan, M. A., Lyon, L., & Pinfield, S. (2017). Developments in research data management in academic libraries: Towards an understanding of research data service maturity. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 68(9), 2182-2200. Full text open access http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/asi.23781/full
  • Reid, H., & Kennan, M. A. (2017). When definitions in practice do not align with the literature: defining emerging technologies in academic libraries. Information Research, 22(4) http://www.informationr.net/ir/22-4/rails/rails1615.html
  • Williamson, K., Kennan , M.A., Johanson, G. & Weckert, J. (2016) Data sharing for the advancement of science: Overcoming barriers for citizen scientists JASIST: Journal of the Association of Information Science and Technology. 67(10):2392–2403.
  • Kingsley, Danny A. and Kennan, Mary Anne (2015) “Open Access: The Whipping Boy for Problems in Scholarly Publishing,” Communications of the Association for Information Systems: Vol. 37, Article 14. Available at :http://aisel.aisnet.org/cais/vol37/iss1/14
  • Kingsley, Danny A. and Kennan, Mary Anne (2015) “Open Access: The Whipping Boy for Problems in Scholarly Communication—A Response to the Rebuttals,” Communications of the Association for Information Systems: Vol. 37, Article 20. Available at: http://aisel.aisnet.org/cais/vol37/iss1/20
  • Kennan M.A. and Markauskaite, L.  (2015) Research Data Management Practices: A Snapshot in Time International Journal of Digital Curation Vol. 10, Iss. 2, 69–95 http://ijdc.net/index.php/ijdc/article/view/10.2.69.
  • Kennan, M., Corrall, S. & Afzal, W. (2014) “Making space” in practice and education: Research support services in academic libraries Library Management. Library Management Vol. 35, no. 8/9, doi:10.1108/LM-03-2014-0037

Refereed Conference Papers

  • Kennan, M.A. (2016) Data Management: Knowledge and skills required in research, scientific and technical organisations, IFLA World Library and Information Congress, 82nd IFLA General Conference and Assembly 13–19 August 2016, Columbus, Ohio, United States of America  http://library.ifla.org/1466/1/221-kennan-en.pdf
  • Pymm, R, Carroll, M., McCausland, S.& Kennan, M.A. (2014). Big data: Opportunities and barriers across the cultural heritage sectors. Theory and research on the convergence of professional identity in cultural heritage institutions (Libraries, Museums, and Archives) beyond technology. IFLA Library Theory and Research Section, Satellite Meeting, 13-14 August. http://satelliteturin2014.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/iflaltrsatellite2014_pymm-et-al.pdf
  • Johanson, G., Williamson, K. & Kennan, M.A. (2013) Multiple communities: botanical data from citizen scientists for digital repositories at Nexus, Confluence, and Difference: Community Archives meets Community Informatics Subtitle: Prato CIRN Conference Oct 28-30 2013 edited by Larry Stillman, Amalia Sabiescu, & Nemanja Memarovic, Centre for Community Networking Research, Centre for Social Informatics, Monash University Monash Centre, Prato Italy. ISBN 978-0-9874652-1-4.
  • Kennan, M.A., Williamson, K and Johanson, G. (2013) Environmental Voluntary Groups: Towards Curating Data for Sharing, Access and Preservation, 76th Annual ASIST Annual Meeting "Beyond the Cloud: Rethinking information boundaries", Montreal Canada. November 1-5 2013 https://iasummit.org/asist2013/proceedings/submissions/papers/66paper.pdf
  • Cecez-Kecmanovic, D., Kennan, M., Hull, D., & Nagm. F. (2009) "Youth Online Participation in Government Decision Making – Challenges for E-Democracy" 20th Australasian Conference on Information Systems 2-4 Dec 2009, Melbourne.

Other

  • Cox, A. M., Kennan, M. A., Lyon, L., Pinfield, S  & Sbafi, L. (2019) Progress in Research Data Services: An international survey of university libraries 14th International Digital Curation Conference, Melbourne Australia 4-7 February 2019
  • Kennan, M.A., Kanj, H., & Thompson, K. (2017) Library and Information Services for Immigrant Caregivers in Workshop 2a: Vulnerable Communities in the Digital Age, in iConference 2017; Effect, Expand, Evolve: Global Collaboration Across the Information Community, March 22-25, Wuhan, China
  • Kennan M.A. (2017) Making International Connections: LIS education in Australia, presentation in a panel proposed by Adkins, Denice, Bernier, A.,Tang, R. & Thompson, K. 5.3 SIG: Making International Connections: Expanding Awareness of Non-North American LIS Education ALISE 2017 Community Engagement and Social Responsibility Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • Kennan, M.A. (2016) Data Management: Knowledge and skills required in research, scientific and technical organisations, IFLA World Library and Information Congress, 82nd IFLA General Conference and Assembly 13–19 August 2016, Columbus, Ohio, United States of America  http://library.ifla.org/1466/1/221-kennan-en.pdf

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