Research is an integral part of the library profession, not only to raise your own profile, but to enhance the profession on a wider scale. But how do you get started? And what is the process once you've written a paper ready for publication?
This event offers three perspectives to help answer your questions: That of the student researcher; the library researcher who has published; and the editor of a journal. Come along and get inspired to start your research journey. Our speakers are:

  • Bec Muir - The student researcher perspective
  • Dr Mary Carroll - The library researcher perspective
  • Dr Sue Reynolds - The editorial perspective.

Event details:
Venue: RMIT University, Swanston Street Megaflex Room, Bldg 10 Level 06
Date: Tuesday April 10th 2018 (6.00 pm - 8.00 pm)
Cost: ALIA members ($5.50 incl. GST), Non-members ($11.00 incl. GST), Students/Retired (Gold coin entry or payment)
Please bring membership card. Organizational membership accepted.
CASH ONLY. Please pay at entrance | Refreshments Provided

ALIA Professional Development points accepted. If you wish to have a PD Certificate, please notify us before the event.
Suitable for students, new graduates, library professionals and IM Practitioners.


Our presenters:

  • Bec Muir started her library career as a casual library officer at the University of Tasmania while completing her Bachelor of Arts with Honours. After transitioning to a Liaison Librarian role and completing her Masters of Information Studies, Bec moved to Victoria to work as a branch librarian at a regional public library corporation outside of Melbourne. Bec is passionate about the future of all libraries, especially public libraries. She is currently in her third year part-time of a Doctor of Information Studies looking at the information needs, behaviours, civic engagement and social inclusion of people with an invisible disability in relation to public libraries. View Bec's complete session "There and Back Again: Building a Map Through the Research Process"


  • Dr Mary Carroll (Senior Lecturer) is the Courses Director in the School of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University (CSU). Prior to employment at CSU she was an Early Career Development Fellow at RMIT University, Melbourne working for many years in the library and information (LIS) Vocational Education sector, having started her career as a teacher-librarian in secondary schools in Victoria and later as a special assistance and literacy programme co-coordinator. Mary has published in the area of the history of librarianship, vocational education and library education and LIS pedagogy. Her PhD was both an historical and contemporary investigation into the role that both sectoral and educational divisions have played in the construction of LIS professional identity in Australia. Her research has included the provision of information infrastructure by private training organisations in Australia; a project funded by a National Centre of Vocational Education Research Early Career Grant; the history of LIS education and the intersections between libraries and education. Mary is currently vice-president of the Australian and New Zealand History of Education Society (ANZHES) and an Associate of ALIA.


  • Dr Sue Reynolds, AALIA is an academic in Information Management at RMIT University Melbourne. Her PhD theses on the history of the Library of the Supreme Court of Victoria (Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga) was awarded the American Library Association's Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award and has since been published as Books for the Profession: The Library of the Supreme Court of Victoria (Australian Scholarly, 2013). Sue has been an editor for publications of the Victorian Department of Education's Library Branch and an Associate Editor for the International Journal of the Book. she is currently on the Editorial Board of Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association (JALIA) previously the Australian Library Journal.. Sue's main research interests are the history of libraries, information organizations and education for information management.


Mary presented both hers and Sue's sessions under the title "Publishing Your Research: An Editorial, Researcher and Writer's Perspective. View their presentations here.