The library and information professional as practitioner-researcher?: A panel discussion

You are invited to the online launch of the Library and Information Science Research Australia (LISRA) project.

A panel of leading library and information professionals will critically consider the many opportunities and challenges in embracing practitioner-researcher as an approach to our professional practice.

This session will be open and free to all.

The panel session event will provide the opportunity for the library and information community in Australia (and internationally) to critically and intentionally consider questions including:

• Should Australia’s library and information profession embrace the concept of practitioner–researcher? If we should embrace the practitioner-research approach to professional practice, how do we achieve this?
• Is it a realistic goal or expectation that all library and information professionals should be practitioner researchers?
• What are the issues and challenges in embracing practitioner-researcher as an approach to professional practice?
• What are the benefits or opportunities in embracing practitioner-researcher as an approach to professional practice?
• Will embracing the practitioner-researcher approach enable help ensure the library and information professional continues to be relevant, sustainable and impactful?
• To what extent is research valued and has impact on the practice of library and information professionals?
• What are the links and interconnections between library and information professionals and academic researchers?

All library and information professionals and researchers are invited to submit questions or scenarios for the panel to discuss. Submission can be submitted via email ( or twitter (#lisraproject).

• 10th March 2016

• 12.00-1.30pm QLD
• 1.00-2.30pm NSW ACT, Vic, Tas
• 11.30-1pm NT
• 12.30-2pm SA

Online Via Zoom: Simply click on the following link and follow the prompts to install Zoom and participate

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

• Dr Gillian Hallam, Queensland University of Technology

Panel members: 
• Jo Kaeding, University of South Australia & Adelaide Hills Council
• John Shipp, Australian Library and Information Association
• Holger Aman, Law Courts Australia
• Professor Lisa Given, Charles Sturt University
• Dr Alex Byrne, State Library of New South Wales

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).  


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