Workshops are scheduled as part of the program and will be held Monday 6 July from 3:30pm – 5pm.

Delegates attending on Monday 6 July are invited to select one workshop during their registration process.

Workshop 1: Visualising the Evidence

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Lecturer and Coordinator of Information Education
Information Systems School, Queensland University of Technology

Number of places: 50


Think you’re not a visual person? Think again! Together, the human eye and brain are geared to effectively and efficiently process visual information. Images transcend divides that are created by language. In fact, images give us a common language. Data visualisation can help us to sense-make, communicate evidence, unravel complex issues, and clarify thinking. In this workshop, we’ll talk about data visualisation, infographics, visual thinking, and information design, and we’ll explore how these can help us to work with evidence. We’ll also look at some simple tools and resources you can use to help you visualise evidence.

Kate Davis is a Lecturer and Coordinator of Information Education at QUT. She teaches primarily in the Master of Information Technology, in the disciplines of Information Management and Library and Information Studies. Kate is currently leading the implementation of the new Master of Information Science. Prior to joining the QUT Information Studies Group in 2010, Kate worked in academic, research and public libraries. Kate’s professional experience focused on management of online collections and services, as well as public education programs. She has extensive experience with organisational use of social technologies, particularly in the context of information organisations. Kate’s teaching centers around online information service provision and emerging and social technologies in information practice. She makes extensive use of social media in her teaching to meet students in their own spaces and create a participatory learning environment that fosters engagement across internal and external cohorts. Over the past five years, Kate has lead a range of research projects related to blended, online and flexible learning, including studies focused on student engagement in online spaces. Kate is currently leading a project that explores students’ expectations, preferences and experiences of studying in a dual mode environment. In addition to her teaching scholarship, Kate researches in the emerging domain of information experience, particularly in social media spaces, and this work informs her teaching practice. She is broadly interested in the way people experience social media as part of their everyday lives. She is currently finalising her PhD with a program of research designed to explore the information experience of new mothers in social media spaces.

Workshop 2: Big Data Analytics – Using Data to Profile Clients and to Measure use of Library Services

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Doug Brown
Systems Specialist
Infrastructure Services, Queensland University of Technology
Joanna Logan
Quality and Planning Manager
Library, Queensland University of Technology


Number of places: 40

The Big Data Analytics workshop will provide an introduction to big data – what it is and some of its potential uses in relation to libraries.  Big data analytical tools provide the means by which very large volumes of disparate data sets can be correlated and analysed to understand contextualised trends and anomalies. Traditionally libraries have collected data about the number of visitors to the library, the number of queries at the Library desk, the number of loans and other statistics.  But what if you could use technology to provide a more accurate profile of your clients and their use of your services and resources?

This 1 ½ hour workshop will introduce big data concepts and provide a hands-on opportunity to see the potential role big data tools can play in the management of modern libraries.

Doug Brown works as a Systems Specialist in Infrastructure Services at QUT, where he is responsible for the administration of the university’s operational and research big data services. QUT’s big data services are used extensively across more than a dozen organisational areas and Doug has been assisting the QUT library in the analysis of their data sets.

Joanna Logan is the Quality and Planning Manager in the Library at QUT. Her career has been in a range of academic libraries since the 90s. Joanna’s interests include library assessment, survey design, designing improved user experiences and strategic planning.  Joanna is passionate about quality customer service and assessing and demonstrating the value and impact of library resources and services.

Workshop 3: From Blog to Academic Article: Getting your Work Published

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Suzana Sukovic
Learning Resource Centre, St. Vincent’s College, Sydney
ALIA Research Advisory Committee
Bhuva Narayan
Discipline Coordinator
Information and Knowledge Management & Digital Studies Program,
University of Technology, Sydney


Number of places: 30

If you have introduced a successful service, evaluated a project or finished a piece of research, you already have publication material. If you are convinced that sharing experiences is important for the profession, discussing work of your organisation is a good promotion, and being a published author contributes to your reputation, you know why you should publish. If your question is how to improve your chances of getting published, this workshop is for you.

The aim of the workshop is to assist library and information practitioners and students in getting their work published. Participants will learn how to decide whether they should write for a blog, professional magazine, academic journal or a book. The selection of a peer-reviewed journal, manuscript submission and participation in a peer-review process will be considered in some detail. Participants will have opportunities to ask questions, share experiences and network.

Dr Suzana Sukovic has an extensive experience in the library and information sector. She has presented her professional and academic work in a range of publications, and experienced peer-review process as an author and a peer-reviewer. Suzana has learnt about communication of research by conducting her doctoral study into issues of knowledge production and by collaborating on research projects. Suzana is currently Head of the Learning Resource Centre at St. Vincent’s College, Potts Point in Sydney and Co-Chair of the ALIA Research Advisory Committee. She leads ALIA LARK (Library Applied Research Kollektive) and regularly contributes to the LARK blog. Transliteracy and the use of digital technology for learning and knowledge production are her main research interests.

Dr Bhuva Narayan is an academic in the School of Communication at the University of Technology, Sydney, and coordinates the Digital Information Management program. Her professional background is in the book and publishing industries.  She has an MLIS from the iSchool at the University of Pittsburgh and a PhD from the Queensland University of Technology, Australia where she studied Information Behaviours. Bhuva teaches in the area of Library and Information Science, ICT, and Social Media and her research interests are in human interactions with information and IT, human learning, and social media. Her current research projects include the use of mobile technologies to investigate information management for people with diabetes, developing a user-friendly technology to combat cyberbullying, and the use of social media in teaching.

Workshop 4: Translating Research into Practice: Strategies for Engagement and Application

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Lisa M. Given
Professor and Associate Dean Research
School of Information Studies, Faculty of Education, Charles Sturt University
Virginia Wilson
Centre for Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (C-EBLIP), Library, University of Saskatchewan


Number of places: 30

Despite the wealth of evidence in library and information science, many results are not adopted. Practitioners and researchers note the value of translating research knowledge into practice, but more strategies for engaging with research and applying results in local contexts are needed. The EBLIP literature suggests that research falls into one of three categories: 1) directly applicable to local contexts; 2) applicable after local validation (i.e., where a study is replicated locally); and, 3) research that improves understanding of a particular situation. Although library and information practitioners may find that improved understanding is an immediate benefit of engaging with the research literature, implementing strategies for applying the results of that research, locally, can be quite challenging. This workshop will explore: 1) strategies for practitioners to engage with and apply research in local contexts; and, 2) strategies for researchers to write results in ways that will best support practice.

Lisa M. Given, PhD, is Professor of Information Studies and Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Education, Charles Sturt University. Lisa is a member of the Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education and has served on the College of the Australian Research Council. She is an Adjunct Professor in Humanities Computing and in Education at the University of Alberta, Canada. A former Director of the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology (IIQM), Lisa has received numerous grants and awards. She has conducted dozens of research workshops through Canada’s Education Institute and IIQM’s Thinking Qualitatively series. She has conducted research in partnership with practicing librarians and students in both public and academic library contexts. Her research interests include individuals’ information behaviours, web usability, social media use, health informatics, information literacy and qualitative inquiry.

Virginia Wilson is the Director of the Centre for Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (C-EBLIP) at the University Library, University of Saskatchewan. Her MLIS is from the University of Alberta and she has an MA in English from the University of Toronto. Virginia’s involvement in evidence based library and information practice goes back to 2003. She has written evidence summaries for the journal Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, and currently writes the EBL 101 column for that journal. Virginia’s research interests include evidence based library and information practice, librarians as researchers, and the changing face of scholarly communication. She strongly believes that practicing librarians should be involved in conducting and using research to inform their own practice.

Workshop 5: Quantitative vs Qualitative Research Methods: Determining the Best Method for Evidence Based Research

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Professor and Director
School of Information, San José State University

Number of places: 30


How do LIS professionals determine when to use a qualitative approach and when to use a quantitative approach? Is one approach better than the other for evidence based practice? The determination of which method to use rests fundamentally on the specific questions the LIS professional wants to answer and the most practical means for gathering the data. At the foundation of their definitions, qualitative research is more exploratory (and is used when the outcome is unexpected or unknown) while quantitative research is often more conclusive (and is used to quantify a problem). Then, within each approach, there are various methods available to perform the research. This workshop will provide participants a thorough understanding of the difference between qualitative and quantitative research, including how to choose the best method for performing effective evidence based research. Participants will also learn about various techniques within each research approach, expanding their ability to determine not only the best approach, but the best and most practical technique for performing their evidence based research. Participants will walk away with clear definitions, practical tips, and a list of examples of each technique discussed in the workshop.

Sandra Hirsh is professor and director of the School of Information at San José State University. Prior to joining the school as director, she worked in the Silicon Valley for more than a decade at major technology companies: Hewlett Packard and Microsoft. As an industry user experience researcher, leader, and manager, she contributed to R&D research projects and influenced the user experience of web, mobile, and TV consumer products resulting in five U.S. patent applications and one patent. She was previously an assistant professor at the University of Arizona, and has taught courses for San José State University and the University of Washington.

Workshop 6: Systematic reviews in LIS: practicalities and realities

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Reader in Evidence Based Practice
School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences, University of Salford

Number of places: 30


This workshop is aimed at those who are interested in systematic reviews, and particularly those thinking of undertaking a review within LIS. The workshop will provide an overview of different models of reviews, the process of doing a systematic review and provide practical guidance and tools to enable participants to undertake systematic reviews in practice. Participants will have an opportunity to develop a protocol for a review.

Alison Brettle, PhD, is a Reader in Evidence Based Practice at the University of Salford. She has specialist expertise in literature searching, systematic review methodology, evidence based practice and the evaluation of health information services; pioneering the use of systematic reviews in library and information practice. She has over 20 years experience of health, social care and library related research and teaching environments and has led and supported a wide range of projects and published extensively. She has been involved with the open access professional journal, Evidence Based Library and Information Practice since its inception and hosted and co-chaired the 6th International Evidence Based Library and Information Practice in Salford in 2011. As an active member of the UK professional body, CILIP, she leads research training and awards on behalf of the Library and Information Research Group.