• Hi. I'm a doctoral student in the School of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University in Australia. My supervisors are Professor Lisa Given 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 nature of information within these activities.


    I also work as a librarian at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, where I support members of the departments of Art & Design, Drama, and Psychology, focusing on services such as teaching and consultations.



    • October 2016: Received an OCLC/ASIS&T Student Prize at ASIS&T 2016 
    • October 2016: Presented "Embodied information in workplace contexts," a poster, at the SIG-USE symposium at ASIS&T 2016 in Copenhagen (with Thane Chambers)
    • September 2016: New publication: "Critical consciousness and search: an introductory visualization" appears in volume two of the Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook, edited by Nicole Pagowsky and Kelly McElroy and published by the American Library Association. Chapter openly available here
    • September 2016: Presented early work on my thesis, "Embodiment and Information Practices in Everyday Life," at the Charles Sturt University School of Information Studies Research Retreat
    • June 2016: Received Charles Sturt University Faculty of Arts and Education, for the Resource Funding grant supporting travel. Thank you CSU!

    Contact me: sarah.polkinghorne@ualberta.ca


  • Research


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


      Recent publications and presentations include:

      • Polkinghorne, S., & Chambers, T. (2016, October). Embodied information in workplace contexts. Poster presented at the SIG-USE workshop at the Association for Information Science and Technology Annual Meeting, Copenhagen (refereed)

      • Polkinghorne, S. (2016). Critical consciousness and search: an introductory visualization. In N. Pagowsky & K. McElroy (Eds.), Critical library pedagogy handbook. Chicago: American Library Association.

      • Polkinghorne, S. (2015, September). Unpacking and Overcoming 'Edutainment' in Library InstructionIn the Library with the Lead Pipe (open-reviewed)
      • 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.
    • 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.


        Recent work includes:

        • Coordinating the Rutherford Library exhibition program
        • Bringing the University's first Images of Research competition to life
        • Tweeting for five years as @uofalibraries tweetwright-in-chief
        • Contributing as a member of the Libraries' Teaching and Learning Team, Web Architecture Team, and Public Services Council
      • Service


          Recent contributions include:

          • Chair, Program Committee, WILU 2017 (Workshop on Instruction in Library Use)
          • Webmaster and Executive Board Member, Canadian Association for Information Science (2015-present)
          • Peer Mentor, Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL/ABRC) Librarians' Research Institute, Simon Fraser University (2017, 2015)
          • Guest lectures, University of Alberta and SUNY Buffalo
          • Elected Member, Library Evaluation Committee, University of Alberta Libraries (2013-2016)
          • Reviewer, Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), Evidence Based Library and Information Practiceand others
        • 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.