Sharing practitioner-research: a panel discussion

Sharing practitioner-research: a panel discussion

Australian library and information professionals are embracing research as part of their practice to inform decision making and to ensure their services remain relevant to changing community needs. How are the outcomes of practice-based research shared with other LIS professionals? How can practitioner-research add to the evidence base of Australian library and information science?

This panel session will consider the opportunities, issues and challenges for library and information professionals in sharing and disseminating Australia’s emerging body of LIS practice-based research. The panel will discuss formal and informal options for presenting, publishing and sharing research findings with different audiences.

31 August 2021

12.00pm-1.00pm NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas, QLD
11.30am-12:30pm SA, NT
10.00am-11.00am WA

The materials for this session are now available: video (57 minutes).



Panel members:

  • Clare Thorpe, Southern Cross University

Clare Thorpe is an award-winning library leader, evidenced-based research-practitioner, and board director. She has worked in academic and state libraries since 2001. Clare is the Director, Library Services at Southern Cross University and a Director of the Australian Library and Information Association Board. She is passionate about building and contributing to the evidence-base of library and information science through scholarly and informal communication avenues.

  • Dr Suzana Sukovic, Presbyterian Ladies College Sydney

Dr. Suzana Sukovic is the Director of Research and Library Services at PLC Sydney. Suzana has spent most of her career in education, including secondary, tertiary and workplace education, where she worked in a number of professional, teaching and research roles. She has published papers on issues related to learning and knowledge creation, and on innovation and creativity in knowledge organisations. Her work Transliteracy in complex information environments is the first book on transliteracy. Suzana also has a long-standing interest and expertise in conducting and promoting research in practice. She is the founder and chair of ALIA LARK (Library Applied Research Kollektive). Her current professional interests relate to teenagers’ learning and information behaviours. Her research interests are in the areas of boundary crossing, transliteracy and capability development for lifelong learning. @suzanasukovic on Twitter

  • Andrew Finegan, Australian Library and Information Association

Andrew Finegan is currently the Communications Manager at the Australian Library and Information Association, and editor of INCITE magazine. Over the past 20 years, he has worked across the Australian and International library and information sector, in a range of outreach, digital engagement and community development roles. He is also the secretary of the IFLA Library Services to Multicultural Populations section.

  • Daniel McDonald, Darling Downs Health

Daniel McDonald manages the library for Darling Downs Health, based at the Toowoomoba Hospital. He has worked for this library since 2006. Daniel has presented at several HLA PD Days, 2 ALIA National Conferences, 1 EAHIL conference, 1 M:Libraries conference, 1 National Nurse Education Conference, and 1 ANZ pain medicine conference. Daniel has co-authored papers in the Australian Library Journal and the Australian Journal of Rural Health. Daniel has twice received the HLA / Medical Director Innovation award. Daniel hosts a podcast about Health Libraries, called Shoosh. Since June 2020 Daniel has been editor of the Journal of Health Information and Libraries Australasia.