This panel brings together researchers and practitioners who work in the information sciences and beyond to discuss the nature of information experience online in the era of post truth, fake news, alternative facts and social media echo chambers. We’ll look at all aspects of life – work, education and leisure – and consider how online information experience has been shaped by the participatory web and the trends – positive and negative – that have been ushered in by the read-write nature of the new web.
Dr Kate Davis
Digital Life Lab
University of Southern Queensland
Kate is a social scientist who researches information experience, particularly in the context of social media, using qualitative approaches designed to get to the heart of people’s experience. She is at the forefront of this emerging area of scholarship. Her doctoral study exploring the information experience of new mothers in social media produced the first theoretical rendering of information experience as an object of study. In 2014, she co-edited the volume Information experience: approaches to theory and practice, a book designed to initiate dialogue on information experience as a research domain. In addition to her information experience research, Kate has a strong track record as an applied researcher in information studies, built on her experience as a practitioner-researcher and developed over the last eight years through a range of projects exploring social technologies and their use in the library and information professions.
Queensland University of Technology
Kay Oddone is an educator, librarian and constant inquirer who is passionate about exploring how we might leverage the connectivity of social technologies to enhance how we learn.
With over twenty years of experience working in education and information environments, Kay is committed to finding innovative and creative ways to enhance how we access and experience learning opportunities. She has shared her work at national and international conferences, and has written for several state and national professional publications. Through her social media and blogging she has developed an international presence. You can visit her online portfolio at www.linkinglearning.com.au
Kay is currently completing the final year of her PhD candidature through Queensland University of Technology, exploring how teachers experience professional learning through online Personal Learning Networks. She holds a Master’s degree in Education majoring in Teacher Librarianship and has completed a Bachelor of Business in Human Resource Management, Graduate Diplomas in Education and Religious Education, and a Graduate Certificate in ICTs in Education.
Monash Public Library Service
Glenn Harper is a librarian from the Monash Public Library Service. Before gaining his library qualifications, he attained a B.A. in Media Studies, which is something that has informed his work as a librarian. Glenn has spoken, practiced and published on the use of web 2.0 in libraries and his latest work focuses on digital information literacy. At the VALA2018 conference he presented the results of a survey that indicated an alarming deficiency at identifying fake news among library workers.
Dr Elham Sayyad Abdi
Queensland University of Technology
Dr Elham Sayyad Abdi is a lecturer in the School of Information Systems, Queensland University of Technology (Australia). From August 2018 to May 2019, she will also serve as a Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence at the University of the Pacific, USA.
Elham is a qualitative information researcher. She has a growing record of information research, collaborates in multidisciplinary projects, supervises higher degree research students and publishes in high impact journals. Elham’s research has a focus on the interplay between information, people and learning. She is currently co-leading a project funded by Library and Information Science Research Australia (LISRA) to investigate how public libraries can engage with non-library user refugees to enhance their information experience. She is also project-managing a three-year Australian Research Council-funded project on migrants’ information literacy, which is an investigation into how migrants use information to learn.
Through her research, Elham is developing the nascent idea of ‘information experience design (IXD)’ which is about designing and developing action plans that assist people to engage with information in more powerful ways. Composed of two research and design phases, IXD aims to bring together the theory and practice of information research.