Evidentially Practical? A Panel Discussion

In the spirit of recognising and continuing the discussion of the many opportunities and challenges in evidence based practice, the recording of the panel session is now available.

This is an audio recording with accompanying PPT slides. There are no slides after the first hour.

[You Tube https://youtu.be/kL-1QYitTBA 1 hour 18 minutes]

This panel session will provide the opportunity for the library and information community in Australia (and internationally) to critically and intentionally consider the many opportunities and challenges in embracing an evidence based culture and practice. All library and information professionals are invited to submit questions or scenarios for the panel to discuss. Submission will be accepted from Monday 29th June, and can be submitted via email – eblip8@qut.edu.au or twitter #eblilp8. This session will be open and free to all. The program and local organising committee recognise it is an important session for all in the library and information profession to be part of, and for this reason this session will be open and free for all to attend online.

When: Tuesday 7 July, 1.30pm to 3.00 pm (AEST) – Check your local time.

Where: QUT Gardens Point, P Block, Room P 514

Attending online

Library and information professionals not attending EBLIP8 will be available to connect into the panel session using the following link:


Step by step EBLIP8 Panel Login Instructions and further information for this free online panel session are also available.

Panel Facilitator: Gillian Hallam

As an educator and researcher, Gillian Hallam is Adjunct Professor with Queensland University of Technology. She has developed and run a series of specialised courses in legal research, health librarianship, research support services and evidence based library and information practice, and also works as a trainer with the IFLA Building Strong Library Associations program. Her consultancy activities encompass projects across the academic, public and special library sectors. Gillian has an active professional life and has served on the Board of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) as President and as Director. In 2011 she was named Information Professional of the Year by the Special Libraries Association (SLA) Australia-New Zealand Chapter.

Panel Members:

Ann Gillespie is a postdoctoral research fellow within the Information Studies Group of Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. Her work as a teacher librarian in primary schools lead her to investigate evidence based practice within that context. Her current research explores evidence based practice as it is experienced in the public libraries. Her earlier papers are available in QUT’s repository, ePrints.

Sue Hutley is Director, Library Services at QUT. For a year prior to becoming Director in March 2014 she was the Associate Director (Client Services and Learning Support) at QUT Library. Previously, Sue was the Executive Director of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) from 2006-2011. A true ‘Queenslander’ by birth, she loves living in BrisVegas and is looking forward to welcoming #EBLIP8 delegates to experience Brisbane. Follow Sue on Twitter @suehutley

Denise Koufogiannakis is the Collections and Acquisitions Coordinator at the University of Alberta Libraries in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Denise co-founded the open access journal Evidence Based Library and Information Practice and has held several editorial positions since the journal’s inception in 2006, including Editor-in-Chief. She was also co-chair of the 2nd international conference when it was held in Edmonton in 2003. Denise has contributed to several national organizations including the Canadian Library Association, the Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries, and the Canadian Research Knowledge Network. She has been actively involved with librarian research training initiatives, including serving as a mentor/instructor at the CARL Librarians Research Institute (Canada), and as a Library Advisory Board member for the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (US).

Suzanne Lewis is Library Services Manager at the Central Coast Local Health District in New South Wales, Australia. She has worked in health librarianship for fifteen years. Her interests include professional development for health librarians, evidence based librarianship and evidence based practice. She has contributed papers and evidence summaries to the online journal Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, and is a member of the editorial advisory board. She was the Convenor of the ALIA Health Libraries Australia group from 2010 until March 2013, and is a member of the current executive with responsibility for the portfolio of Professional Development, Education and Training. Suzanne is also a faculty member of the Australian Librarians’ Evidence Based Practice Institute which conducts an intensive residential EBP workshop yearly in Australia.

Sue McKerracher joined ALIA in 2012. Before that she was well known in library circles as director of The Library Agency, the team that delivered the National Year of Reading 2012 on behalf of 15 founding library partners. Between 2008 and 2012, she also worked with state libraries, public library services, local councils, state government departments, several not-for-profits, a publishing house and a university. Prior to coming to Australia in 2007, she was involved with the UK Museums, Libraries and Archives Council and the British Library. Sue started her career as a journalist and latterly worked in marketing and communications for a number of multi-nationals, including Unilever and Ernst & Young.

Huan Vo-Tran is an information management academic in the School of Business IT & Logistics at RMIT University. Originally trained as a systems analyst, he decided to follow his passion for education and became a high school teacher where his primary teaching methods were teacher-librarianship and IT. During his time as a high school teacher at Caroline Springs College, Huan was appointed the Year 9 learning team leader as well as the e-learning coordinator. In 2008 he made the move into academia where he taught into both the undergraduate and postgraduate information management degrees. Huan has recently completed his PhD that focused on the information management and sharing practices of the builders and architects as they attempted to complete the defects inspections for a complex construction project.