Webinar – Professionals as researchers: developing research skills in library and information practice

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Lark Webinar | 2 July 2018 | 4 – 5 pm (AEST)

Get ready for LARK’s first webinar of the year and an opportunity for discussion professional learning and research. The webinar, Professionals as researchers: developing research skills in library and information practice will see a range of speakers from both libraries and beyond, discuss how to build and nurture research practice professionally. The webinar comes after the success and interest shown in last year’s webinar, Research capacity building for professional practice

When: Monday 2 July 2018, 4 – 5pm AEST
How to join?

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Australia: +61 2 9087 3604
Access Code: 263-136-413 


Linlin Zhao and Rickie Morey, Research Librarians from Deakin University Library will discuss the Learning Circle Research program used to develop the skills sets of liaison librarians, which currently has one participating group submitting for publication. For more information, please see below. 

Dr Suzana Sukovic, mother of LARK and Research Director at HETI (Health Education and Training Institute), and Jamaica Eisner, LARK Treasurer and Research Officer at HETI, will discuss the professional development opportunities in a broader information sector that strive to encompass a range of research skills and experiences from curious to adept. See ‘About LARK’ for their bios.

Talks will be followed by discussions and opportunities to share experiences about building research capacity for professional practice.

Learning Circle Research at Deakin University Library

For the last four years, Deakin University Library has run a structured professional development program for liaison librarians. This means meeting face-to-face once a month from April to November to focus on a topic designed to develop the skill sets of our liaisons. During 2016 this program revolved around ‘Learning Circles’, where liaisons spent the year learning how to do research. They chose a topic and progressed through each stage of completing their research project, with guidance from Deakin’s academics. One group is now submitting for publication. This talk will discuss the Learning Circle program, and how professional development continues to be supported for Deakin’s liaison librarians in 2018.

Linlin Zhao

Linlin Zhao is a Research Librarian at Deakin University Library and a PhD candidate at Faculty of IT, Monash University. Her research investigates the theoretical principles and practical implications of developing digital-focused library research support programs through a design-based research approach. As a Research Librarian, Linlin provides the University’s research community with customised support in literature searching, scholarly communication, citation analysis and data management.

Rickie Morey

Rickie is a Research Librarian at Deakin University Library and has worked in academic libraries for 11 years. Rickie completed a Master in Information Studies (Applied Research) with CSU in 2015, deciding to return to complete a research masters to gain further experience doing library and information-related research, having previously completed the Grad Dip Info Mgt with RMIT University in 2006. Rickie was awarded the Zenith Postgraduate Information Studies Prize in 2015.


  1. Unknown

    Will the webinar be recorded – (and are others available)? A Research Interest Group from Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries in the U.S. is interested in knowing about what LARK and others are doing.

    Nita Bryant

  2. LARK

    Great to hear about your interest! We normally record webinar presentations, but not discussions. We'll aim to compile a list of all our recordings after this webinar. We also have face-to-face meetings, workshops and seminars. Event summaries are available on this blog.
    We welcome international networks and are interested in what others are doing. Please feel free to send us blog contributions and join us on the mailing list. Like us on FB. We are more active on FB than on the mailing list.

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