Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Jane Garner

Dr Jane Garner

Dr Jane Garner is a Lecturer in the School of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University.

Jane received her PhD from RMIT University in 2017. She also holds a Bachelor of Business, Information and Library Management from RMIT University.

Prior to starting at CSU, Jane worked in the Information Management team at RMIT University, teaching into their Masters of Information Management program. Jane has also undertaken sessional roles in information studies schools at Monash University and CSU.

Before commencing her teaching roles, Jane worked as an academic librarian at the University of Melbourne. She has also held roles at the Noah’s Ark Toy Library for Children with Disabilities.

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Jane’s research focusses on the delivery of library and information services to underserved and underprivileged communities. She is particularly interested in the role, and experience of using libraries in adult and juvenile prisons. Jane is also interested in the delivery of educational resources to remote and isolated communities.

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Areas of supervision include: Library services to the disadvantaged and underserved, community interactions, professional development of GLAM workers, and the use of social media by the GLAM sector to interact with communities.

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In 2019, Jane will be teaching INF332/519 Community Outreach, INF210 Collections, and INF330 Library Services for Children and Youth.

Professional Engagement:

  • Associate, Australian Library and Information Association (AALIA)
  • Peer review for various sector-related publications
  • Management of the ALIA Prison Libraries Interest Group

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Garner, J. (2017). Escaping with a good book: the value of libraries in Australian jails, Life Matters with Amanda Smith, ABC Radio National, July 10.

Garner, J. (2017). Reading connects prisoners to the people they love, WA Afternoons with Gillian O’Shaughnessy, ABC Radio Perth, July 11.

Book chapter

Carroll, M. & Garner, J. (in progress) ‘Reading in Australian prisons: an exploration of motivation’, The Edinburgh History of Reading, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh. Publication planned for 2018.


Garner, J. (in progress) ‘Extending Oldenburg: prison libraries as third places’ Writing for publication in Sociology.

Garner, J. (2017) ‘Australian prison libraries: a study of existing knowledge and recent findings’, Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association. Vol. 66 No. 4 2017 pp. 331-343.

Garner, J. (2017) ‘Experiencing the use of Australian prison libraries: a phenomenological study’, Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association, Vol. 66 No. 2 pp.170-171.

Garner, J. (2015) ‘The lived experience of Australian prison libraries: a phenomenological study’,

Poster and Doctoral Workshop, Research Applications, Information and Library Studies (RAILS) 2015, University of Technology, Sydney.

Horwood, L., Sullivan, S., Young, E. & Garner, J. (2004) ‘OAI compliant institutional repositories and the role of library staff’, Library Management; Vol. 25 No. 4/5, 2004 pp. 170-176.

Garner, J., Horwood, L. & Sullivan, S. (2004) The place of eprints in scholarly information delivery, Online Information Review; Vol. 25 No. 4, pp. 250-256.

Conference proceedings

Farley, H., Garner, J. & Willems, J. (2018) ‘Digital equity in Australian higher education: how prisoners are missing out’, Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia 2018 Conference, Adelaide, July 2-5

Garner, J. (2017) ‘The role of IT in prisoner education’, Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE) 2017 Conference, Toowoomba, Queensland, December 4-6.

Carroll, M. & Garner, J. (2017) ‘Reading in Australian prisons: a history of good intentions and unfilled potential’, Australian and New Zealand History of Education Society Conference, University of Canberra, September 24-27.

Carroll, M. & Garner, J. (2017) ‘Civilising the uncivilised and morally corrupt: a depiction of reading in Australian penal settlements’, Picturing the Reader: Reading and Representation in the Long Nineteenth Century, 2017. Liverpool Hope University, UK, September 7.

Garner, J. & Davies, C. (2016) ‘Supporting prison libraries: the 2015 ALIA Minimum Standard Guidelines for Library Services to Prisoners’,  Australian Library and Information Association National Conference, Adelaide, August, 2016.

Carroll, M. & Garner, J. (2013) ‘Providing resources for all: the impact on publicly funded libraries of the growth in private RTOs’. TAFE Australasian Library Conference, Southbank Institute of Technology, Brisbane, 21-22 November.

Garner, J., Horwood, L. & Sullivan, S. (2007) ‘Web citations: tracking citation impact.’ Educause Australasia 2007: Advancing Knowledge: Pushing Boundaries, Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre, April 29 – May 2, 2007.

Sullivan, S., Horwood, L., Garner, J. & Young, E. (2004) ‘Bringing hidden treasures to light: illuminating DSpace.’ Breaking boundaries: integration and interoperability, VALA 2004: 12th Biennial Conference and Exhibition, 3 - 5 February, 2004.

Garner, J., Horwood, L. & Sullivan, S. (2003) ‘Etexts: free scholarly resources reviewed’, Educause in Australasia 2003: Expanding the Learning Community - Meeting the Challenges, Adelaide Convention Centre May 6 - 9, 2003.

Garner, J., Horwood, L. & Sullivan, S. (2003) ‘Eprints@Melbourne’ Educause in Australasia 2003: Expanding the Learning Community - Meeting the Challenges, Adelaide Convention Centre, May 6 to 9, 2003.

Garner, J., Horwood, L. & Sullivan, S. (2002) ‘Examining one model of ebooks for an academic library setting.’ E-volving Information Futures: VALA 11th Biennial Conference, Melbourne, 6-8 February 2002.

Garner, J., Horwood, L. & Sullivan, S. (2001) ‘Innovations in electronic delivery of scholarly information: will the eprint replace the scholarly journal?’ Information Online 2001: Digital Dancing: New Steps, New Partners: The 10th Australasian Information Online Conference and Exhibition, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, 16-18 January 2001.

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