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


    This page offers highlights. For more 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'd be happy to hear from you! spolkinghorne@swin.edu.au

  • Publications


      New publications include:

      • "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. [Link]
      • "The 'user turn' in practice: Information behaviour researchers’ constructions of information users," in Information Research. With Heidi Julien, Lynne (E.F.) McKechnie, and Roger Chabot. [Link]
    • Presentations


        Recent presentations include:

        • Things nobody taught me: influences that shape a researcher (2019, March). Inaugural lecture in the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians Research and Scholarship Committee Online Lecture Series: [Link]
        • Learning, believing, feeling, acting: People's everyday experiences of food information (2019, January). Lecture in the University of Alberta School of Library and Information Studies Research and Scholarship Speaker Series: [Link]
        • Going GoPro: integrating a wearable camera into qualitative information research (2018, November). Visual presentation at the Association for Information Science and Technology Annual Meeting, Vancouver. [Link]
        • Fandom, food, and folksonomies: The methodological realities of studying fun life-contexts (2018, November). A panel organized by Melissa Ocepek, moderated by Jenna Hartel, and also featuring Julia Bullard, Ludi Price, and Eric Forcier, at the Association for Information Science and Technology Annual Meeting, Vancouver. [Link]
      • 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 collections librarian, I worked as a public services librarian for more than a decade. In that role, 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)
            • Curriculum Vitae

              My CV is available to view or download.