Discussion Topic: Professional Development! QUTISG takes over the ILN Blog

For the next two weeks, the Queensland University of Technology’s Information Studies Group is taking over the ILN blog!

Kate-DavisMy name is Kate Davis and I’m the Course Coordinator for the Master of Information Science (MIS) program. My colleagues and I are really thrilled to have the opportunity to support the ILN as its Foundation Technology Sponsor in 2016.

Over the next fortnight, our team is going to make a series of posts about a topic we’re really passionate about: professional development. We thought we’d start out by introducing ourselves, and I guess I’ll go first!

I teach collections management, information organisation, and introductory research methods in the MIS. I also teach a unit about social technologies in the Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT). I research information experience in social media, plus I’m really interested in research in the teaching and learning space, particularly related to online and blended learning. I’m @katiedavis on Twitter.

Now let me introduce the rest of the team!

EllieDr Elham Sayyad Abdi (aka Ellie) is an information  literacy researcher who teaches our information retrieval and web service delivery units. She is currently doing an investigation into the information literacy of migrants and refugees.  Ellie is also interested in exploring people’s information experiences and understanding how these experiences could be enhanced. Her most recent research looks at learning and information experience in The Cube, QUT’s digital interactive learning and display space.  Ellie is @ellieabdi on Twitter.



kathleenKathleen Smeaton teaches units on emerging technologies for information professionals, and library programs and services. Kathleen is currently completing a PhD with a program of research designed to explore the online life of socio-economically disadvantaged people. Kathleen is @kathleensme on Twitter.




Kate-DevittDr Kate Devitt is a cognitive information scientist specialising in data epistemology. Some of her current research includes the cognitive aspects of optimising decision support systems in precision agriculture and improved decision-making for autonomous vehicles. She also researches foundational issues in information science such as what it is to be informed. Kate teaches our management issues and information management units. Kate is @skdevitt on Twitter.



AndrewDr Andrew Demasson is an information literacy researcher primarily concerned with information experience within community contexts, specifically those bound by leisure and self-directed learning activities, and the re-conceptualisation of theoretical approaches to and understandings of information literacy. Andrew’s primary role in our team is to coordinate our student projects and supervise coursework Masters students’ projects.



Over the next two weeks, the whole team will pop up here on the blog or in the Twitter chat we’re hosting to share some thoughts about professional development. As you can probably tell from our bios, we’re a diverse bunch with eclectic interests, so we each have something different to share with you about professional development. We’re looking forward to getting started!

In the mean time, I wanted to let you know some details for the Twitter chat we’ll be hosting for this topic so you can lock it in your diary now!

What: Professional development Twitter chat

When: 30 May, 7pm til 8pm Australian Eastern Standard Time

Who: We’ll host the chat from our @qutisg Twitter account – follow us now so you don’t miss any announcements! My colleagues Kathleen (@kathleensme) and Kate Devitt (@skdevitt) will join me (@katiedavis), and we’ve lined up some of our friends to join in the fun. Stay tuned to find out who!


– Kate Davis 

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