New issue of JALIA – No 2, 2017

Issue 2 of JALIA is out –

Research Articles


Public Libraries and Access for Children with Disabilities and Their Families: A Proposed Inclusive Library Model

Joanne Kaeding, Diane L. Velasquez & Deborah Price

Pages: 96-115



Conceptualisation and Measurement of Information Needs: A Literature Review

Waseem Afzal

Pages: 116-138



Universities and Public Libraries Supporting Student Success: An Exploratory Study

Alisa Howlett, Helen Partridge & Rebecca Belov

Pages: 139-151



We Need to Talk About Zines: The Case for Collecting Alternative Publications in the Australian Academic University Library

Daniel Vincent Wee

Pages: 152-161



Librarians as Teachers: Forming a Learning and Teaching Community of Practice

Jennifer Osborn

Pages: 162-169

Research Student Project Summaries  (Bec Muir – CSU PhD)


Experiencing the Use of Australian Prison Libraries: A Phenomenological Study

Jane Garner

Pages: 170-171



Institutional Repositories and Open Access in the Indonesian Higher Education Sector

Toong Tjiek Liauw

Pages: 172-173


Understanding How Ageing Australians Experience Information Literacy Using Mobile Devices

Gema Linares-Soler

Pages: 174-175



‘But What to Change?’: Moving Forward in Public Library Information Service Provision for People with an Invisible Disability

Bec Muir

Pages: 176-177



Supporting Researchers and Institutions in Engagement and Impact Assessment: A Gap Analysis Concerning the Core Skills of LIS Professionals in Australia

James Nicholson

Pages: 178-179

Published online: 24 May 2017




An Investigation into the ‘I can Google it’ Information Seeking Behaviour of the Academic Community and the Implications for the Delivery of Academic Library Services for Developing Countries

Aminath Riyaz

Pages: 180-182



Christine Mackenzie: President-elect of the International Federation of Library Associations, 2017–2019

Biography and Q&A

Jenny Fink

Pages: 183-185



Dr. Sigrid McCausland: Archivist, Historian, Educator

Mary Carroll & Mary Anne Kennan

Pages: 186-187

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For a dear colleague and friend

This short obituary marks the untimely passing of Dr. Sigrid McCausland, on the 30 November 2016. Sigrid is mourned, by her many friends and colleagues including those at CSU and in the archives and labour history fields.  Free downloads for the first 50 accesses

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Developments in research data management in academic libraries: Towards an understanding of research data service maturity

My coauthors have placed a pre-print of the accepted version of our paper soon to be published in JASIST on developments in research data management at:

This paper reports an international study of research data management (RDM) activities, services and capabilities in higher education libraries. It presents the results of a survey covering higher education libraries in Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the UK. The results indicate that libraries have provided leadership in RDM, particularly in advocacy and policy development. Service development is still limited, focused especially on advisory and consultancy services (such as data management planning support and data-related training), rather than technical services (such as provision of a data catalogue, and curation of active data). Data curation skills development is underway in libraries, but skills and capabilities are not consistently in place and remain a concern. Other major challenges include resourcing, working with other support services, and achieving ‘buy in’ from researchers and senior managers. Results are compared with previous studies in order to assess trends and relative maturity levels. The range of RDM activities explored in this study are positioned on a ‘landscape maturity model’, which reflects current and planned research data services and practice in academic libraries, representing a ‘snapshot’ of current developments and a baseline for future research.

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Data Sharing for the Advancement of Science: Overcoming Barriers for Citizen Scientists

Finally published – an extraordinarily long pipeline

Systematic study of data sharing by citizen scientists will make a significant contribution to science because of the growing importance of aggregated data in data intensive science. This article expands on the data sharing component of a paper presented at the 2013 ASIST conference. A three-phase project is reported. Conducted between 2011 and 2013 within an environmental voluntary group, the Australian Plants Society Victoria (APSV), the interviews of the first phase are the major data source. Because the project revealed the importance of data sharing with professional scientists, their views are included in the literature review where four themes are explored: lack of shared disciplinary culture, trust, responsibility and controlled access to data, and describing data to enable reuse. The findings, presented under these themes, revealed that, within APSV, sharing among members is mostly generous and uninhibited. Beyond APSV, when online repositories were involved, barriers came very strongly into play. Trust was weaker and barriers also included issues of data quality, data description, and ownership and control. The conclusion is that further investigation of these barriers, including the attitudes of professional scientists to using data contributed by citizen scientists, would indicate how more extensive and useful data sharing could be achieved.

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IFLA Paper 2016

Coming back to blogging after an intensive period of 13 months as Acting Head of School, followed by a bit of leave. Getting used to writing again and began with:

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


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Open Access: The Whipping Boy for Problems in Scholarly Publishing?

Communications of the Association for Information Systems (CAIS) publishes research and other articles on a wide range of topics of interest to information systems professionals and academics. They also invite debates. Our debate is about open access. With our paper Danny Kingsley and I hope to foster debate about the place of open access (OA) in scholarly publishing. The Editor of the section Professor Karlheinz Kautz invited  a varied set of debaters to respond to our opening: publishers, librarians, research administrators, editors, researchers, and largely received a polite refusal or no response. Too controversial a topic or lack of time or interest? However one scholar, three journal editors and a research administrator did respond. CAIS is not open open access, but we have permission to publish our papers on our own web sites or in our repositories, so below are links to our opening debate and our rebuttal to the responses. Hopefully the authors of the responses will also make their papers open access. As Karl says in his editorial, the debate about open access and scholarly publishing is far from over, and to improve scholarly publishing we need more stakeholders to engage in the debate.

Open Access- The Whipping Boy for Problems in Scholarly Publishing

Rebuttal.Open Access- The Whipping Boy for Problems in Scholarly Communications

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:

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:

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DOCAM 2015 – The Document Academy Downunder

During 20 to 22 July 2015 the School of Information Studies at CSU jointly with the Faculty of the Arts and Social Sciences at UTS, hosted the 12th Annual meeting of the Document Academy (DOCAM 2015).  Conference Co-chairs were Paul Scifleet from Swinburne University, Maureen Henninger from UTS, and Mary Anne Kennan from CSU. DOCAM conferences provide a unique multidisciplinary space for reporting experimental and critical research on the concept of the document and documentation, with participants from fields as diverse as information, media, museum, archives, culture, and science studies.  Delegates came from 16 countries and papers were innovative and exciting. The keynote speaker, Professor Geoffrey Bowker (School of Information and Computer Science at the University of California at Irvine, where he is the director of the Laboratory for Values in Design in Information Systems and Technology), opened the conference with a challenge to participants to think beyond boundaries, to question and explore. Below is a photo of DOCAM 2015 attendees courtesy of Kiersten Latham, Kent State University

DOCAM attendees

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