• Hello. I'm a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Health, Arts, and Design at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. My supervisors are Professor Lisa Given and Dr. Kim Thompson.


    I share highlights on this page. For more complete information, please see my CV.


    I study people's experiences with information in everyday life. I'm intrigued by how our bodies play a part in our information experiences. In my thesis research, I work with people to create video and other forms of data capturing everyday food activities and the information practices within them.


    I also work as a librarian at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.


    Coming up:

    • With Melissa Ocepek, Jenna Hartel, Julia Bullard, Ludi Price, and Eric Forcier, I'll be speaking on a panel at the 2018 annual meeting of the Association for Information Science & Technology in Vancouver: "Fandom, Food, and Folksonomies: The Methodological Realities of Studying Fun Life-Contexts."
    • Also at ASIS&T, I'll be speaking on integrating a wearable camera into qualitative information research (a visual presentation), and I'll be presenting my thesis study in the "Student Award-Winning Papers" session.

    I'd be happy to hear from you! spolkinghorne@swin.edu.au

  • Publications


      Recent publications include:

      • [Forthcoming] "Treading Water: Results from the Longitudinal Study of Information Literacy Instruction in Canadian Academic Libraries, 1995-2017," in the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science, 42 (1/2). With Heidi Julien.

      • Interviews that attend to emplacement: the "walk through" method. (2017). Winner of the award for Best Paper Overall at The Warp & Weft of Knowledge: Information Threads Connecting Disciplines, Identities, and Perspectives: The 45th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Information Science. Toronto, Canada. With Lisa M. Given and Lauren Carlson. [Link]

    • Presentations


        Recent presentations include:

        • Bodies of knowledge: what studying embodiment can teach us about teaching (2018, March). A keynote in the annual Ashton Lecture Series, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.
        • Connecting information behaviour with the senses. (2017, November). A guest lecture for Information Users and Uses, a course in the Department of Library and Information Studies, University at Buffalo.
        • Coming to our senses: Considerations for studying sensory information. (2017, May). Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Information Science, Ryerson University, Toronto.

        • Institutions, ways of knowing, and critical information literacy. (2017, February). A guest lecture for LIS 598 (Knowledge Production, Diffusion, and Reception), School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton.

      • Practice


          The core of my work as a librarian is managing several aspects of monograph collections at the University of Alberta, including ebooks, approval plans, demand-driven acquisition, and assessment.


          Before becoming a collection strategies librarian, I worked as a public services librarian for more than a decade. In this time, I helped people find and use information, manage research data, and work through processes such as making their publications openly available.

        • Service


            Recent service commitments include:

          • Awards


              Recent awards include:

              • New Leader Award, Association for Information Science and Technology (2018)
              • Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Award, Association for Information Science and Technology (2018)
              • Best Overall Paper, Canadian Association for Information Science (with Lisa Given and Lauren Carlson) (2017)
              • Tuition Fee Scholarship, Swinburne University of Technology (2017-)
            • Curriculum Vitae

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