• Hello. I'm a doctoral student in the School of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University in Australia. My supervisors are Professor Lisa Given, Research Fellow at RIPPLE (Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education), and Dr. Kim Thompson. My research focuses on embodiment in everyday-life information practices. In that vein, I'm studying how people feed themselves and their families, and the role of information within this everyday activity.


    I also work as a librarian at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, where I focus on public service activities such as information-related teaching and in-depth consultations for students and instructors in three departments: Art & Design, Drama, and Psychology.


    Recent whereabouts:

    • May 2016: Thane Chambers' and my project "How people use their own bodies as a source of information: a scoping review" has been funded by the University of Alberta Libraries Research Support Fund
    • April 2016: I spoke about "What I do to #critlib my one-shot teaching," at MacEwan University's IL Palooza

    Contact me: sarah.polkinghorne@ualberta.ca

    ORCID: 0000-0002-8204-6891


  • Research


      In addition to my doctoral work, I have also investigated librarians' experiences of the teaching role and with new technology.


      Recent work includes:

      • Polkinghorne, S. (2015, September). Unpacking and Overcoming 'Edutainment' in Library InstructionIn the Library with the Lead Pipe (refereed)
      • Desrochers, N., Elmborg, J., Polkinghorne, S. (2014, May). Engaged scholarship: Collaborative research between librarians and LIS faculty. Moderated by Heidi L.M. Jacobs and Selinda A. Berg. Canadian Association for Information Science, St. Catherine’s, ON.
      • Polkinghorne, S. (2013, June). Chasing the ephemeral: Studying librarians’ in-the-moment experiences performing information literacy instruction. information: interactions and impact, Aberdeen, Scotland. Recipient of the 2013 i3 Sponsored Place Award.
      • Practice


          The core of my professional practice is supporting students and faculty members in the Departments of Art & Design, Drama, and Psychology at the University of Alberta. This support includes consultations and course-integrated teaching on discipline-specific aspects of finding and working with information.


          Additional highlights include:

          • Library-system-wide contributions as a team member on the Teaching and Learning Team, the Web Architecture Team, the LibGuides Renewal Working Group, and the Public Services Council
          • Two years chairing the team creating interactive information literacy tutorials for junior undergraduates in Arts and Education
          • Five years as @uofalibraries tweetwright-in-chief
          • Service


              Recent involvement includes:

            • Awards


                My awards have included:

                • Faculty of Education Resource Funding, Charles Sturt University (2016)
                • Research Support Fund Grant, University of Alberta Libraries (2016, 2012)
                • Librarian Recognition Award, University of Alberta (2014)
                • Best Paper by a Practitioner, Canadian Association for Information Science (2013, 2012)
                • Sponsored Place Award at i3 (information: interactions and impact), Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland (2013)
                • Augustana Campus Teaching & Learning Enhancement Fund Grant (2009)
                • Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship (2006)
                • SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship (2003)
                • Curriculum Vitae

                  The complete chronicle is available to view or download.