Assessing Library and Information Studies Research Networks

ARC Linkage Grant 2015–

Project OverviewProject Team

Project Overview

The Library and Information Science Research Australia (LISRA) is a three-year project funded by the Australian Research Council.

Project Aim

The broad aim of the project is to encourage and enable research culture and practice within the Australian Library and Information Science profession.

Project Research Questions

This project will address five research questions:

  1. What are the research priorities in the Australian library and information profession?
  2. To what extent is research valued and has impact on the practice of Australian library and information professionals?
  3. What capacity does the Australian library and information profession have for research?
  4. What are the existing and potential links between Australian library and information practitioners and academic researchers?
  5. How can the Australian library and information profession build a culture of research, to enable the adoption of the “practitioner-researcher” approach to professional practice?

Project Outcomes

The project will have a number of significant outcomes:

  • Undertake a complete analysis of LIS research practices and issues in Australia.
  • Establish an empirically derived evidence base on research within Australia’s library and information profession.
  • Develop a framework that provides a set of strategic directions and recommendations for sustainable research LIS culture and practice in Australia.
  • Establish a community of practice that brings together LIS practitioners and researchers to work on a research issue identified as important to the Australian LIS sector.
  • Create an online space to support Australia’s LIS practitioners and researchers to engage in open dialogue on research in the profession and to establish research collaborations.
  • Host a series of free events to facilitate the sharing and dissemination of LIS research issues and opportunities in Australia.



Australian Research Council, Linkage Grant. $219,959 (AUD).

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Project Team

Lisa GivenLisa Given, co-investigator

Professor Lisa Given is Professor of Information Studies (School of Information Studies) and Research Fellow in the Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education at Charles Sturt University, Australia. A former member of the College of the Australian Research Council and is an Adjunct Professor in Humanities Computing, Faculty of Arts and in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta, Canada.

helen partridgeHelen Partridge, co-investigator

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. 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).