• 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.


    I study people's experiences with information in everyday life. I'm investigating how people feed themselves and their families, and the role of embodied information and knowledge within these activities.


    News & whereabouts:

    • June 2017: I'll be at the Canadian Association of Research Libraries' Librarians' Research Institute as a Peer Mentor
    • May 2017: Heidi Julien and I will present work on the latest Canadian survey of librarians' instructional practices at WILU
    • May 2017: Denise Koufogiannakis and I will offer a qualitative methods workshop for the Canadian Health Libraries Association

    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)
    • Practice


        The core of my professional practice as a librarian is supporting students and faculty members in the Departments of Art & Design, Drama, and Psychology at the University of Alberta.

      • Service


          Recent contributions include:

        • 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

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