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  Home arrow Conferences arrow School of Information Studies Charles Sturt University annual HK visit
School of Information Studies Charles Sturt University annual HK visit Print E-mail
Date: 5.11.2015 (Thu)
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Venue: Activity Room 1, Hong Kong Central Library
Organisers: Hong Kong Library Association, School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University and HKU SPACE
6:30 p.m. to 6:35 p.m.
Opening address and brief introduction of guest speakers by the HKLA president
6:35 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.Talk 1:Evidence-based Design of Library Services for Immigrants by Dr. Kim M. Thompson
Overview: Librarians are increasingly challenged to provide quality information service in a globalized world. Evidence-based practice contributes a framework within which information services can be evaluated and improved, in order to help practitioners provide "the right information at the right time, in the right place, in the right form" (Jones, 2004, p. 2). This presentation demonstrates how theory might be applied to analysis of empirical research as a means to providing quality information service. Specifically, I will discuss an information access theoretical framework to examine published findings from a recent study that explores the information practices of refugees, focusing on identifying physical, intellectual, and social aspects of information access and use.
Speaker: Kim M. Thompson, Ph.D., is a Lecturer in the School of Information Studies of the Charles Sturt University. Drawing upon a background spanning information studies, library science, and international consulting, her research and teaching focus on information poverty and the physical, intellectual, and socio-cultural supports for and barriers to information access. Her work primarily focuses on underserved and disadvantaged populations and is based mainly on theoretical analysis. Implications of her research extend to improving information services in libraries and other information organizations as well as providing greater understanding of information poverty issues on an international scale.
7:15 p.m. to 7:25 p.m. Q&A:
7:25 p.m. to 8:05 p.m.Talk 2: Open Access: Whipping boy for problems in scholarly communication? by Dr. Mary Anne Kennan
Overview: This paper opens a debate about the place of open access (OA)  in scholarly publishing by examining some of the accusations leveled against open access: that OA publishers are predatory, that OA is too expensive, and that OA article deposit in repositories will bring about the end of scholarly publishing. The problems attributed to OA are not only about access, open or otherwise, but problems with scholarly publishing more broadly. In addition the paper proposes new discussions we believe the scholarly community should be having about scholarly publishing.
Speaker: Dr Mary Anne Kennan is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University, where much of her research is in the area of the social studies of scholarly communications, e-research and data management. She teaches subjects including foundations for information studies, research data management and research methods. Prior to becoming an academic Mary Anne worked for many years as a librarian and library manager, including serving as Director of the Frank Lowy Library at the Australian Graduate School of Management. She is co-editor (with Dr Gaby Haddow of Curtin University) of Australian Academic and Research Libraries and serves on the editorial board of Webology and the International Journal of Actor-Network Theory and Technological Innovation.
8:05 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Q&A
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