Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Associate Professor Mary Carroll

Associate Professor Mary Carroll

B.Ed(Librarianship) MSC, B.Ed, M.Ed.(Language and Literacy) PhD CSU

Mary Carroll (Senior Lecturer) is the Course Director in the School of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University. Her responsibilities include meeting the needs of students in the school and taking a lead role in the Bachelor of Information Studies (BIS) and Master of Information Studies (MIS) degrees. Prior to employment at CSU she was an Early Career Development Fellow at RMIT University, Melbourne, worked for many years in LIS Vocational Education having started her career as a teacher-librarian in secondary schools in Victoria, firstly as a teacher-librarian and later as a special assistance and literacy programme co-ordinator. She has published in the area of the history of librarianship, vocational education and library education and LIS pedagogy. Her PhD was both an historical and contemporary investigation into the role sectoral educational divisions have played in the construction of LIS professional identity in Australia.  Her research has included the provision of information infrastructure by private training organisations in Australia, a project funded by a National Centre for Vocational Education Research Early Career Grant, the history of LIS education and the intersections between libraries and education. She is currently vice-president of the Australian and New Zealand History of Education Society (ANZHES) and an Associate of ALIA.

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Mary's research draws on a multi-disciplinary background and is focused on the intersection of libraries, books and learning in both the contemporary and historical context. Crossing sectors and historical eras Mary's research examines the role information and information agencies play in addressing equity, promoting social inclusion and influencing broader social issues.  Her recent research has examined the provision and purpose of information services in the Vocational Education sector both in contemporary society, and historically, within the early penal settlements of Australia. She also has researched extensively in the area of education for the information professions both in Australia and internationally from the 1930s onward examining factors which have shaped the development and constructs of contemporary LIS education. Reflecting her interdisciplinary interests Mary has published and presented across these disciplines.

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National Centre for Vocational Education Research Early Career Research Grant Public spaces - private places: private registered training organisations and information infrastructure. $30,000

Early Career Development Fellow in the School of Business, IT and Logistics at RMIT University, Melbourne

ALTC project led by QUT Re-conceptualising and re-positioning Australian library and information science education for the 21st century. $260,000.00

Victoria University TAFE research scholarship: Vocational Education for LIS in Australia. $8,000

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Mary's teaching interests include the provision of information services, history of information agencies, children's and youth librarianship and services, literature for children and youth and transition to university study.

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PhD Associate Supervisor Dr Roziya Abu School of science and psychology (VU) Community development and rural public libraries in Malaysia and Australia. - Complete (2014)

PhD Lead Supervisor Barry Archibald (CSU) Inspection and Accountability in Colonial/State Government Schools: 1852-2011/12 - Current

PhD Jenny Favfeita co-supervisor (CSU) Becoming a chef: A grounded theory of apprentice chefs' information literacy practices - Current

Supervision and assessment research projects MEd, CSU;

2012 - Alison Bacon: The Application of Critical Website Evaluation Skills to Online Resources in a Secondary School Context

2013 - Linda Forbes: Libraries and communities: do public library reading and literacy initiatives promote engagement with library services from non-library users?

2014 - Romany Manuell: Academic librarians as teachers: A literature review encompassing identity, practice, status, and teacher education

Mentor ALIA research mentoring scheme 2009


2015       MEd.  Suzanne Leigh Sizer, The impact of competency based progression on apprentice electricians, Monash University

2014       PhD.  Rajes Chelliah,  Community Building, Multiculturalism and the suburban public library,  School of Computer and Security Science, Edith Cowen University.

2011       MEd.  Linda Sheridan, Joint Use higher education libraries: factors which contribute to, or challenge, their successful operation LaTrobe University, Melbourne

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Affiliations, Professional Membership and Committees
  • Associate of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)
  • Vice President (2015) Australian and New Zealand History Education Association (ANZHES)
  • Member Australian and New Zealand History Education Association (ANZHES) 2009-current
  • Member American library and information education association (ALISE)
  • VE representative Research Committee Faculty of Business and Law VE representative 2009-2010
  • Member Mechanic's Institutes Victoria
  • Member American Library Association (ALA)
  • Member Library Foundation State Library of Victoria


2014       Co-Organiser RAILS Conference, Canberra                          
2013       Co-Organiser RAILS Conference, Melbourne
2013       Guest Editor Australian Library Journal   
2013       Guest Editor Library and Information History 
2012       Co-Organiser Buildings Books and Blackboards Conference, Melbourne
2010-     Manuscript Reviewer, Australian Academic & Research Libraries (AARL)
2010-     Manuscript Reviewer Australian library Journal (ALJ)
2013       Manuscript Reviewer Library and Information History Journal (LIH)
2009       Mentor ALIA research mentoring scheme

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Refereed articles

Carroll, M (2013) Reading to educate and reform: the books and libraries of Port Arthur penal establishment The International Journal of the Book, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp.45-51.

Carroll, M, Kerr,P, Musa, A, Afszal, W (2013) 'Commonwealth of Uncertainty: How British and American Professional Models of Library Practice have Shaped LIS Education in Selected Former British Colonies and Dominions'  IFLA Journal Volume 39 Issue 2, June pp12-133.

Combes, Barbara and M. Carroll (2012) Are we there yet? eLearning in library and information science courses in Australia Education for Information 'Education for information  v. 29 n.3,4.

Reynolds, S, B. Welch and M. Carroll (2012) Passionate Practitioners: Engaging not just the head but also the heart Education for information  v. 29 n.3,4

Reynolds, S. and Carroll, M (2012) Collaborators or Competitors? The Roles of School Libraries, Classroom Libraries, Teachers and Teacher-Librarians in Literacy Development' Synergy, v.10 n.1

Carroll, M and S. Reynolds (2012) 'Disaffection in the Library': Shaping A Living Centre Of Learning' History of education review v. 41 n. 2

Combes, B. & Carroll, M. (2012). Are we there yet? eLearning in Library and Information Science courses in Australia, Education for Information.

Combes, B, Hanische, J, Carroll, M. and Hughes, H (2011) 'Student voices: Re-conceptualising and re-positioning Australian library and information science education for the twenty-first century', The international information and library review v. 43, n.3 pp.137-138

Abu, R., Grace, M. and Carroll, M. (2011) 'The Role of the Rural Public Library in Community Development and Empowerment', The International Journal of the Book, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp.63-74.

Carroll M. and Murray, J (2010) 'Swirling Students: A Study of Professional and Vocational Training Avenues for the Library and Information Industry' Library Trends v 59 n.1-2, pp.188-207.

Murray, J and Carroll M. (2010) 'Entry into the library and information industry: Choices and decisions'  Australian Academic and Research Libraries v.41  n.1 2010, pp. 14-25.

Refereed chapters

Carroll, M. (in press) 'The Australian LIS education journey: from practice to profession", IFLA 40th Anniversary of the Section for Education and Training, (DeGruyters)

Carroll, M and S. Reynolds (2014) "There and Back Again:" Re-imagining the Public Library for the Twenty-First Century, Library Trends, 62 (3), pp. 581-595.

Carroll, Mary and Reynolds, Sue (2014) ' The Great Classification Battle of 1910: A tale of 'blunders and bizzareries' at the Melbourne Public Library' in Rayward, W. Boyd (ed) Information Beyond Borders (Ashgate).

Carroll, M et al (2013) Equity of Experience: Shaping Pedagogy to Provide the Best Possible Learning Outcomes for All  in Sigal, A. Advancing Library Education: Technological Innovation and Instructional Design Hershey, PA: pp. 250-263

Carroll, M (2011) 'Defining Difference: The 'Noble and Less noble' traditions of education and training in Australia' Advances in Librarianship Volume 33

Carroll M. (2010) 'The impact of overseas agencies on the development of education for Australian library workers' in Collections, Characters & Communities: the shaping of libraries in Australia and New Zealand

Refereed conference proceedings

2014       Carroll, Mary and Reynolds, Sue (2014) A Matter of Influence: International librarianship and its impact in Australia. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2014 - Lyon - Libraries, Citizens, Societies: Confluence for Knowledge in Session 71 - Library History Special Interest Group. In: IFLA WLIC 2014, 16-22 August 2014, Lyon, France.

2014       Pymm, Bob, Carroll, Mary, McCausland, Sigrid & Kennan, Mary Anne (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.

2012       Carroll, M, Kerr, P,Musa, A, Afszal, W (2012) 'Commonwealth of Uncertainty: How British and American Professional Models of Library Practice have Shaped LIS Education in Selected Former British Colonies and Dominions'  IFLA World Library and Information Congress Library Theory and Research, Education and Training and LIS Education in Developing Countries Special Interest Group, 11-17 August 2012, Helsinki, Finland


Carroll, M, (2014), Public spaces - private places: private registered training organisations and information structure, National Vocational Education and Training Research Program research report, NCVER, Adelaide.

Partridge, Helen L., Hanisch, Jo, Hughes, Hilary E., Henninger, Maureen, Carroll, Mary, Combes, Barbara, Genoni, Paul, Reynolds, Sue, Tanner, Kerry, Burford, Sally, Ellis, Leonie, Hider, Philip, & Yates, Christine (2011) Re-conceptualising and re-positioning Australian library and information science education for the 21st century [Final Report 2011]. Australian Learning and Teaching Council, Sydney, NSW.

Refereed conference presentations

2014       Carroll, M. 'Changing a profession: a teacher's college and its role in the development of librarianship in Australia ANZHES 2014 Conference: Knowledge, learning and expertise 6-8th December University of Melbourne.

2014       Carroll, M. and Reynolds, S. 'The Australian public library as community place: a journey back to the future', Libraries for the people: 11th Library History Forum 18-19 Nov. 2014, State Library of NSW.

2014       Carroll. M            'For those of a 'practical rather than an academic turn of mind': the construction of a stratified model of Australian LIS education', History of librarianship conference, , École Nationale Supérieure des Sciences de l'Information et des Bibliothèques (ENSSIB) Lyon, France, 25-26th August 2014

2014       Carroll M. and Reynolds S. 'A matter of influence: 'International librarianship and its impact in Australia' IFLA WLIC 2014, Lyon France, 16th August.

2014       Carroll, M. 'Advantage or anachronism: the place of libraries in twenty-first century training', 23rd National Vocational Education and training research conference: No Fills 9-11th July, Melbourne, Victoria.

2014       Carroll, M. 'History of library education: constructing a profession' Australian Information Educators Symposium 7th July 2014, ACCC, CSU, Canberra.

2013       Carroll, M and Reynolds, S. 'There and back again: Re-imagining the public library for the twenty-first century'  CILIP Library and Information History Group conference Libraries in the public sphere: How the past informs the present and the future, 1st July 2013 Manchester U.K.

2013       Reynolds, S, Carroll, M. And Welch B.  'Preparing passionate professionals for society's benefit ' Umbrella 2013 Conference and Exhibition CILIP 2 - 3 July 2013, The University of Manchester, Manchester

2013       Carroll M. 'Uneasy relations or supportive partnerships: Publicly funded information agencies and private training organisations in Australia.' JVET 10th International Conference: Researching Vocational Education and Training, Worcester College, Oxford, UK, 5-7 July, 2013

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