Reflecting on the RADAR experience: a panel discussion

The Research Assistance & Development for Australian Researchers (RADAR) Grant was a LISRA project initiative aimed at fostering research activities in library and information science (LIS) by bringing together LIS academics, and LIS practitioners, to explore a research problem.

The seminar

This free online seminar will provide the opportunity for the library and information community in Australia (and internationally) to learn about the experiences of the RADAR Grant recipients in working together to undertake a research project, and how two years later that experience has informed their professional practice.

It will also provide the opportunity to critically consider the question: How can we break down the silos between LIS academy and LIS practice to collaboratively engage  in research that directly informs our professional practice, and advances our knowledge base?


The materials from the session are now available: video recording (60 mins) and audio recording.



  • 26 November 2020


  • 1.00pm-2.00pm NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas
  • 12:00pm-1.00pm QLD
  • 12.30pm-1:30pm SA
  • 11.30am-12.30pm NT
  • 10.00am-11.00pm WA


Online Via Zoom. This session is now closed.

For those not able to attend the seminar, you can follow along via Twitter at #lisraproject



RADAR Grant project recipients and panel members:

Edward J. Luca, MBA, is a library practitioner and researcher. He is currently Manager, Academic Services (Medicine and Health) at the University of Sydney Library. Edward writes and speaks on topics including scholarly publishing, design thinking and academic librarianship. He can be contacted at and @edwardluca.

Dr. Bhuva Narayan is the Director of the PhD programme at the School of Communication at the University of Technology Sydney. Previously, she was the Programme Coordinator for the school’s Information and Knowledge Management Programme for over five years. Dr. Narayan is the Chair of the Research Advisory Committee for the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), and an Associate Editor at the Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association (JALIA). Bhuva’s research encompasses Library and Information Science, Digital Social Media, Social Informatics, Social Justice, and Human Learning.

Dr. Ellie Sayyad-Abdi is an information researcher and educator and currently an online learning designer at the University of Southern Queensland. In 2018/19, Ellie served as a Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence at the University of the Pacific, California, following 5 years as a lecturer in Queensland University of Technology’s School of Information Systems. As an applied researcher, Ellie has a research interest in human interaction with information in different settings (such as workplace systems, digital learning spaces, marginalised communities’ everyday lives), and how such understanding can improve people’s information use in those settings. Ellie currently co-chairs the ALIA Research Advisory Committee and previously served as the secretary for ASIS&T – Asia-Pacific Chapter.

Kathleen Smeaton is the Associate Director Data, Digital Learning & Publishing at the University of Queensland Library. Have worked as a librarian, learning designer and academic Kathleen is passionate about learning and all things open (access, data and educational resources).

Dana McKay is a specialist in information interaction who has worked across research and practice. She is currently a lecturer at the University of Melbourne, having completed her PhD in 2019. Until 2017, she worked as a user experience expert at Swinburne University of Technology library, conducting research and putting it into practice. Dana’s work has been widely recognised, with half a dozen best paper awards and nominations, and a prestigious Google PhD fellowship in Human Computer Interaction in 2016. She has consulted on projects for a range of information centric organizations including State Library of Victoria, Museums Victoria, and the British Library. Dana’s primary interest is in ensuring equitable access to information and its benefits, and she is currently engaged in research on the role of information in viewpoint change, and on gender equity and technology.

Remember this is a free online session which is open to all. There is no need to register, simply follow the prompts at the URL above. If additional information is required please check out our simple Zoom participation guide (PDF).