Professor Helen Partridge
University of Southern Queensland
Dr Helen Partridge is Professor and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Scholarly Information and Learning Services) at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Australia. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the Queensland University of Technology’s (QUT) Information Systems School. From 2007 to 2013 Helen coordinated QUT’s library and information studies (LIS) education program. From 2009 to 2011 she worked with 11 Australian educational institutions on a project that established a framework for the education of the information professions in Australia for the twenty-first century. Helen has twice been elected to the Board of Directors of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), and was appointed a Fellow of the Association in 2012. She was the secretary for the Library Theory and Research Standing Committee of the International Federation of Library and Information Associations, and coordinated the committee’s project, Research Librarian Partnership, a mentoring program aimed at helping new LIS professionals develop their knowledge, skill and experience in undertaking research. Helen was the Chair of the Organising and Program Committees for the 8th International Evidence Based Library and Information Practice conference that was held in Brisbane in July this year. Over 180 people from 12 countries attended the conference. Helens’ research interests explore the interplay between information, learning and technology. Helen has been a visiting Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford (2011) and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society and Society, Harvard University (2014). Follow Helen on Twitter @partridh.
Professor Lisa Given
Charles Sturt Univerity
Lisa M Given, Ph.D., is Professor of Information Studies and Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Education, Charles Sturt University, Australia. 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. Lisa 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, Lisa has received numerous grants and awards. Her research interests include individuals’ information behaviors, web usability, social media use, health informatics, information literacy and qualitative inquiry. She is Editor of The Sage Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods (2008) and author of 100 Questions (and Answers) About Qualitative Research (Sage 2016). For more information see Lisa’s website at http://www.lisagiven.com
Chair, ALIA New Generation Advisory Committee
Alisa Alisa Howlett is an information professional with experience in a variety of contexts, including information management, government recordkeeping and academic libraries. She is currently the Coordinator of Evidence-Based Practice at the University of Southern Queensland, and chair of the ALIA New Generation Advisory Committee (NGAC). Adopting the ‘practitioner-researcher’ approach to professional practice early in her career, Alisa presented research findings while completing her Masters degree, and has continued to undertake and contribute to research projects, both as part of her work and in areas of professional interest. Alisa has a Bachelor of Business (Marketing and Public Relations) from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and received her Master of Information Technology (Library and Information Science) in 2013. You can find Alisa on Twitter @acrystelle or on her blog at http://www.acrystelle.com