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CAVAL Research and Information Group Forum October 2016

Research Advocacy and Partnerships

This forum will highlight new and developing practices for information professionals working with researchers.  Showcasing new facilities, examples of embedded research skills with PhD’s and skill development we aim to provide some insights into some of the possible futures and direction of the field.

Date & Time  Friday 21 October2016
12.45 for 1.00 p.m. start

Venue:  La Trobe University 
Research Commons
2nd Floor
Borchardt Library
La Trobe University

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RSVP by Friday 14 October 2016

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1.00pm                  Welcome and Introduction from Chair of CRIG
Paula Todd – Monash University

1.15-1.30               The Concept of the Research Commons
Eva Fisch – La Trobe University

1.30-2.00               Data Savvy to Data Science - training pathways and pushing boundaries (20 minutes + 10 minutes questions)
Kathryn Unsworth – ANDS

As academic/research librarians, where will we find ourselves in the next little while?  Where and how will we connect with our research communities? What services will we provide? What skills will we need to develop to enhance collaborations and partnerships with researchers? And what’s available now that can support our transition into existing and future research and research data-related roles? In this presentation, we can’t and won’t answer all of these questions, but we can do a little future forecasting and provide some best guesses particularly around skills requirements, and what those potential roles/collaborations/partnerships might look like. We will examine the emerging continuum of research support and research data-related training pathways by which librarians can up-skill, including a preview of what ANDS intends to offer in RD training for librarians post 23 RD Things. We may even have a little time to undertake a quick hands-on activity, so BYOD in readiness.

2.00-2.45               Communities of Practice (45 minutes)
Sabina Robertson – Deakin University

A chance to meet and discuss issues or debate questions on a variety of topics with other information professionals in the same field.

2.45-3.30               Afternoon tea break and tour of the Research Commons including the visualisation lab (45 minutes)

3.30-4.00               HDR in the Cloud: New PhD coursework unit @Deakin University (20 minutes + 10 minutes questions)
Josipa Crnic – Deakin University

Australian HE institutions are increasingly working to develop enhanced learning opportunities for their PhD students in order that they may experience better career outcomes in academia, industry and beyond (see

We are seeing the inclusion of compulsory research skills coursework components reminiscent of those that have long been a feature of doctoral training programs in US and European Universities.

In 2016 Deakin University Library was given the opportunity to contribute a module as part of the Faculty of Arts & Education’s online Research Training Unit.

This presentation will provide a background to that development and offer a reflection on the experience of embedding tailor-made content in a unique online environment.

4.00-4.10               Finish and wrap up

The Speakers

Josipa Crnic
Deakin University

Josipa Crnic is the Scholarly Services Librarian.  She works as part of the Library Research Services team, coordinating 3 Research Librarians and 2 Research Support Officers. They develop, deliver and evaluate targeted services and resources in areas such as:

Research metrics support; Determining research quality; Developing publishing strategies; Data management good practice; Developing and curating research profiles.

Eva Fisch
La Trobe University

Eva Fisch is the Manager of the Library Research Team at La Trobe University Library in Melbourne, Australia.  She is responsible for the delivery of researcher services, systems and programs which contribute to improved research outcomes of individual researchers and increased impact and attention for the University as a whole.

These include research attention and metrics, open access and where to publish, research data management, the University “My Publications” system, its Repository, and the Greek Archives.  The Research Team works with its University partners to provide La Trobe researchers with an integrated and responsive, end to end support system.

In 2016 the Team is launching a new immersive space for researchers, the Library Research Commons. The Research Commons will contain bookable collaborative spaces for researchers, with easy access to key tools, including a visualisation wall, creative studio, scanning equipment, workshop and meeting spaces and the expertise of Library Research Advisers.

Kathryn Unsworth

Kathryn Unsworth is a Data Librarian with the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) based in Melbourne at Monash University’s Caulfield campus. Kathryn engages with a number of Australian universities, providing research data management related advice, support and training. Additionally, Kathryn works in partnership with institutions to deliver ANDS-funded projects. She has many RDM- related interests including, DMP implementations and their value in changing researcher behaviours and practices, IP and licensing issues for data, ethics and informed consent, and upskilling data librarians to transition into data science roles.

Map and travel directions

By public transport

Accessible by bus, train and tram.  You can find more information – and plan your journey – on the Public Transport Victoria website

By car

All car parking spaces on the Melbourne Campus require a valid car parking permit Monday to Friday, 8am-5pm.

CAVAL Research and Information Group Forum

June 2016

(information OR digital) AND literac*

This forum will highlight current practices in the area of information and digital literacies and will include the perspectives of information professionals working in this important area within the academic sector. 

Date & Time Friday 3 June 2016
12.45 for 1.00 p.m. start

Venue: Australian Catholic University
Mercy Lecture Theatre
St Patrick’s Campus
115 Victoria Parade
Fitzroy  3065

Campus map

RSVP by Friday 27 May 2016

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1.00pm                  Welcome and Introduction from Chair of CRIG
Paula Todd – Monash University

1.05pm                  Deakin Proposal
Sabina Robertson – Deakin University          

1.15-1.45               A Discourse on Digital Literacy at Deakin University (20 minutes + 10 minutes questions)
Christine Oughtred – Deakin University
Craig Patterson – Deakin University

University Libraries are experienced in delivering programs that support acknowledged standards for Information Literacy, however the discourse around Digital Literacy continues to evolve. In this presentation we chart the development of Deakin Library support for the University Graduate Learning Outcome 3: Digital Literacy. Members of the Library Learning and Teaching team will share the process of creating a meaningful and useful interpretation of the term, developing a framework and integrating the skills into curriculum. Also discussed will be the professional development for library staff and the role of reflective practice in our mediation of this graduate attribute.

1.45-2.15               Moving from the “one shot” workshop to a “whole of course” approach (20 minutes + 10 minutes questions)
Hero Macdonald – University of Melbourne

Like many institutions, the University of Melbourne has been pursuing a strategy of embedded, structured and scaffolded scholarly literacy development for a number of years. However, this is often easier said than done! Through facilitated discussion with three librarians from different faculties, this session will provide an overview of the diverse approaches taken at Melbourne to achieve a “whole of course” approach to scholarly literacy delivery.

Facilitator: Hero Macdonald
Panel: Georgina Binns, Mary-Louise Edwards & Tania Celeste

2.15-2.45               Break (30 minutes)

2.45-3.15               Digital Objects and Blended Learning  (20 minutes + 10 minutes questions)
Meena Gupta – Australian Catholic University

The focus of this presentation will be around creating digital and information literacy information for academics with a just-in-time, point-of-need approach within their online teaching environment.


3.15-3.45               Evaluating library programs and services: it’s getting better all the time.         (20 minutes + 10 minutes questions)
Sarah Jansen – Monash University
Kay Lassere – Monash University

Data analysts. Professional storytellers. Libraries are using a variety of methods to help demonstrate the value and impact of the programs and services they offer. But it’s still garbage in, garbage out isn’t it? When should we evaluate, what should we evaluate, and how do we get optimal data? With limited resources, how can we do, and evaluate and communicate what we do, in the best possible way? This presentation will review the current status of evaluation in libraries, the drivers that influence our choices, and some emerging innovations in the pursuit of evidence. We will then focus specifically on ways to capture the impact of information literacy services, programs and resources through discussion of evaluation practices at Monash University Library. These include automated analytics for online content, survey tools to capture curriculum engagement and impact, and an evaluation framework that challenges us to embed more creative evaluation methods into program design to provide better evidence of success. With these as stimuli, we will open to the audience for discussion on the existing challenges in evaluation of library information literacy programs, and potential solutions.

3.45-4.00               Finish and wrap up

The Speakers

Meena Gupta
Australian Catholic University
Meena Gupta is a Liaison Librarian for Business, ACUCom and International at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. She has over 9 years' experience in academic libraries, having also worked at Deakin and RMIT University Libraries. She strongly believes in life-long learning, learning from her experiences in Academic Libraries and contextualising it in her current work environment. Meena's current interests lie at the intersection of librarianship and study skills training.

Sarah Jansen (BBiomedSci, GradDipRepSci, PhD), AALL
Monash University
Sarah is the Learning Skills Manager for Monash University Library. She has extensive experience in evidence-based practice through working as a clinical embryologist and teaching and researching in the field of assisted reproductive technologies. Sarah has taught in the higher education sector for 15 years, applying quantitative and qualitative analyses to monitor her own teaching, and the learning outcomes for students.Sarah has authored and co-authored many journal articles, more recently addressing the impact of information literacy and learning skills programs. Since joining Monash University Lbrary in 2011, Sarah has contributed to several projects for the continuous improvement of Library performance metrics.

Kaye Lasserre BA, MInfoStud(AppRes), AALIA
Monash University
Kaye is currently seconded to the position of Manager, Strategy & Planning at Monash University Library where she is involved in projects to enhance evidence-based decision making. Usually she is a Subject Librarian for the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash. She has worked in academic and hospital libraries for over 20 years in Queensland and Victoria. She has extensive experience in teaching evidence-based practice in the health context, and for three years was a tutor at the annual Australian EBP Librarians’ Institute. Kaye has published a number of papers, and in 2011 won the ALIA Health Libraries Australia Anne Harrison Award to conduct research on ‘The state of play of expert searching in Australian health librarianship’.

Hero Macdonald
University of Melbourne
Biosciences Librarian - Brownless Biomedical Library

Christine Oughtred
Deakin University

Christine Oughtred is currently Manager of Digital Literacy Programs at Deakin University Library.  She has previously worked as a Teaching and Learning Librarian and Liaison Librarian for Arts and Education at Deakin University. Christine’s professional interests include Digital Literacy within Higher Education, innovative online teaching practices and professional development for academic librarians.

Craig Patterson
Deakin University

Craig Patterson is a Learning and Teaching Librarian at Deakin University. He is currently working to develop and deliver programs that build the Digital Literacy capability of students, academics and professional staff; he is also working to enhance strategic Library staff capacity to develop engaging learning activities and online interactive learning resources integrated in curricula.


Georgina Binns
University of Melbourne
Music, Visual and Performing Arts Librarian – University Library

Tania Celeste
University of Melbourne
Liaison Librarian - Brownless Biomedical Library

Mary-Louise Edwards
University of Melbourne
Liaison Librarian (Scholarly Literacy)  Business and Economics - Giblin Eunson Library

September 2015

Research matters: Upskilling in practice

This forum will centre on university practices and librarians who work in research and related areas, and will include the perspectives of working in libraries and with the academic sector.

Date & Time Friday 18 September 2015
1.00 for 1.20 p.m. start

Venue: Victoria University
Seminar Room 11.01
City Flinders Campus
300 Flinders Street
Melbourne  3000

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RSVP by Friday 11 September 2015

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1.20pm        Welcome and Introduction from Chair of CRIG
Paula Todd – Monash University

1.25pm        CAVAL committee overview
Louise Dick – CAVAL                              

1.30 – 2.00    Publishing @Deakin University: Library initiatives supporting open access publishing
(30 Minutes)
Bernie Lingham – Deakin University

Libraries are increasingly playing a role in facilitating scholarly publishing. Strong demand exists from Deakin University researchers for guidance and support in responding to a dynamic research and publishing environment, characterised by a rapidly expanding and sometimes bewildering array of publishing options. This talk will outline the Library pilot implementation in 2014 of Open Journals System (OJS) to develop university publishing capabilities, partnering with research groups to publish a limited number of open access Deakin journals in niche and emerging fields of research. It will also focus on the creation of our own new Deakin University Library publication discourse: Deakin University Library research and practice

2.00 – 2.30    How do you define research impact? A local and international perspective on roles for academic libraries.  (30 Minutes)
Jennifer Warburton – University of Melbourne

The activity of measuring and describing the impact of academic research has become increasingly important in Australia and around the world. In this short presentation Jennifer will discuss recent research impact support activities at the University of Melbourne and the building of a 'community of practice’ to ensure that librarians are equipped with the skills they need.  Jennifer will also share insights from a recent tour of overseas academic libraries and attendance at a bibliometrics summer school.

2.30 – 3.00    Break (30 minutes)

3.00 – 3.30    Speaking the same language: a model for catalysing library-faculty partnerships with the Research Skill Development (RSD) framework.  (30minutes)
Lyn Torres – Monash University
Barbara Yazbeck – Monash University

Monash University Library has developed an innovative teaching model between library and faculty to align curriculum and assessment design for the in-curricula development of students’ research skills.  Our success is attributed to the adoption and implementation of the Research Skill Development (RSD) framework (Willison and O’Regan, 2006, 2013).

We present a reconceptualised collaborative model between library and faculty for developing students’ research skills within curricula. The approach is transforming, repositioning and maximising the library’s impact and value across Monash University and beyond. We will share how the adoption and implementation of the RSD framework as a grass-roots library led initiative is resulting in pedagogical change and a renewed interest in making research skills explicit in the curriculum.  Testament to the successful model, the RSD framework has become a university-wide strategic priority.

3.30 – 4.00    Research funding: sources, sinks and pain points (30 minutes)
Luke McAveney – Monash Research Office [PDF] 1Mb
Tessa Jones – Monash Research Office

4.00 – 4.05    Finish and wrap up

The Speakers

Tessa Jones
Monash Research Office

Bernie Lingham
Deakin University

Bernie Lingham is a manager at Deakin University Library with responsibilities that span services to the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment, Library operations at the Waterfront campus and services to researchers. She has many years of experience in academic libraries, and in a variety of roles that have centred on delivering client-focussed services.  Bernie works closely with a leadership team, including the Scholarly Services Librarian and Research Librarians, in turn working with a cross-campus team of liaison librarians and research support officers in providing advocacy and educative programs to support researchers, and in developing, delivering and evaluating targeted Library research services. 

Luke McAveney
Monash Research Office

Luke is Manager of Research Development at Monash University, he is responsible for the delivery of high quality research support services to large scale Category 1 and International funding opportunities. He leads the University-wide delivery and management of the Monash Incubator Program, and delivers project management, grant writing and career development training to researchers across the University.
Luke is a Foundation Accredited Research Manager (Australasian Research Management Society) and winner of the 2014 Monash Vice Chancellor’s Award for Exceptional Service by professional staff. His own research interests are in marine ecology, fishery management and evolutionary biology.

Lyn Torres
Monash University
Lyn Torres, Information Research Skills Manager, Monash University. Lyn initiated the adoption of the Research Skill Development framework (RSD) for the in-curricula development of students’ research skills through library-faculty partnerships at Monash University in 2009. Lyn is interested in the educative contribution libraries make to improve the learning experience of students. Lyn has been involved in three OLT funded RSD projects at Monash University since 2009, and has been invited by universities nationally and internationally to facilitate RSD workshops for professional and academic staff. Recipient of: Dean’s Ward for Excellence in Teaching, Faculty of Business and Economics, 2011;  Vice Chancellor’s Award (Special Commendation) 2012; Vice-Chancellor's Award for Exceptional Performance by Professional Staff 2013, CAUL Achievement Award 2014.

Jennifer Warburton
University of Melbourne
Jennifer Warburton is currently the Program Leader: Research Impact and Training in the Research and Collections program at the University of Melbourne. She coordinates RILAS, UoM’s research impact advisory service which is delivered by liasion librarians. Jennifer was recently awarded a Universitas 21 Scholarship enabling her to undertake a project which investigated research support service provision, in particular impact measurement and publishing support services, at a number of overseas academic libraries.

Barbara Yazbeck
Monash University
Barbara Yazbeck is a Learning Skills Adviser at Monash University. She has experience of teaching academic literacies in a variety of health-related fields including Pharmacy, Nursing, Radiography, Nutrition & Dietetics. She has a Master of Applied Linguistics as well as a Master of Arts (Melbourne University). She has an interest in critical pedagogies and theories of learning.  She was a finalist in the English Australia Pearsons Award 2007. More recently, she received a team teaching citation for ‘Excellence in developing evidence-based medicine curricula based on world’s best practice that engage students in enquiry-driven learning and practice for life’.

May 2015

Partnerships: Making friends in the right places

This forum will focus on librarians working within the library space and beyond.  How positive working relationships are forged by extending the traditional boundaries.

Date & Time Friday 22 May 2015
1.00 for 1.25 p.m. start

Venue:  Deakin University City Centre
Level 3, Deloitte Building
550 Bourke Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000

RSVP by Friday 15 May 2015


1.25pm        Welcome and Introduction from Chair of CRIG
Paula Todd – Monash University

1.30 – 2.00   RMIT – Building relationships based on trust and sustainability (20 minutes + 10 minutes questions)
Spiros Soulis – RMIT University [pptx] 2MB

Changing how we collaborate and think in organisations, using an Agile approach and really harnessing the human capital available to drive and lead projects. 

2.00 – 2.30   University of Melbourne – Participatory Planning: librarians and architects, partners in design (30 Minutes)
Karen Kealy and Sarah Charing – University of Melbourne [pdf]                 

University libraries are increasingly being reassessed in the role they play in supporting student learning and academic research, in managing evolving pedagogical practices in education and in service delivery modeling. In 2010, as part of the redesign of the Melbourne School of Design building, a library was embedded into the design of the building, and given prime location on the ground floor. This presentation explores, through interviews with the architects, project managers and library management, the ways in which each group worked together, building on their differing perspectives of what and how a library should be to design and build a library that aligns with the pedagogical approaches taken by the library in service delivery, and by a faculty teaching across diverse areas.

2.30 – 3.00    Break (30 minutes)

3.00  3.50    Snap Chats

Deakin University - Collaborating with external partners in achieving digital literacy outcomes (10 minutes) 
Rebecca Carruthers – Learning and Teaching Librarian – Deakin University   [Presentation at]

Victoria University – Snap, Crackle & Pop Up: Collaborating with Academic Skills & Development Staff (5 minutes)
Lou Connell – College Librarian –Business, Scholarly Information Services -  Victoria University  [pptx] 1MB

Monash University - Promoting evidence based practice, a collaborative education approach (10 minutes)
Paula Todd – Subject Librarian, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences - Monash University [ppsx] 3MB

University of Melbourne – Leveraging cross-university partnerships to build organisational elearning capacity  (5 minutes)
Hero Macdonald – Arts Librarian, University Library -  University of Melbourne  [Presentation at]

3.50 4.00    Finish

The Speakers

Sarah Charing
University of Melbourne

Sarah Charing is developing a profile in research support in the University of Melbourne Library. She has an interest in the way in which the design of  the new library space meets its operational requirements, having expertise and experience in managing client services. She is also interested in how the space can be used to build relationships with the Faculty research community, and engage the faculty staff and students with the space through the library’s collections – looking at the opportunities offered by how collections are accessed and showcased in the new library space.

Karen Kealy
University of Melbourne
Karen Kealy is the Associate Director for Information Services and Library Spaces at the University of Melbourne Library. She has over 30 years’ experience working in libraries in many different roles. She has been involved in many library building projects, with the most recent completed project the Architecture and Building and Planning Library in the new Melbourne School of Design building at the University of Melbourne. In this project the Library staff worked in partnership with Faculty staff, Property and Campus Services staff as well as architects, designers and builders to create this Library. She is interested in the design of Library spaces to meet the teaching, learning and research needs of students and staff, to create different types of spaces and to give people choices in the use of the spaces , and she has a particular interest in how spaces are designed and how people use and interact with the spaces.

Spiros Soulos
Project Manager, Global Learning by Design
Office of the Dean, Learning and Teaching, RMIT University 
Spiros Soulis is a project manager with experience in leading and managing teams on mountains such as Everest as well as working on major projects in Higher Education.  His work has involved changing how we collaborate and think in organisations, using an Agile approach and really harnessing the human capital available to drive and lead projects. 

Map and travel directions

By public transport

Easily accessible by bus, train and tram.  You can find more information – and plan your journey – on the Public Transport Victoria website.

By car

Parking is very limited.  It is advisable to take public transport.

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