• Hi. 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 study people's information experiences in everyday life. I'm especially intrigued by the role of the body and the senses in how we experience information. My thesis research concerns how people feed themselves and their families, focusing on the role of often-tacit embodied information and knowledge within these activities.


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


    News and whereabouts:

    • November 2017: Invited speaker on information and sensory experiences for the SUNY-Buffalo course "Information Users and Uses"
    • November 2017: Invited speaker on indexing and abstracting for the University of Alberta course "Advanced Scholarship and Research in LIS"

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


  • Publications


      In addition to my doctoral work, I have also studied librarians' experiences with teaching and with technology.


      Recent publications include:

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

      • Unpacking and overcoming 'edutainment' in library instruction. (2015). In the Library with the Lead Pipe. [Link] [open-reviewed]
    • Presentations


        My recent presentations include (refereed, unless otherwise indicated):

        • Interviews that attend to emplacement: the “walk-through” method. (2017, May). Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Information Science, Ryerson University, Toronto. With Lisa M. Given and Lauren Carlson. Winner of the award for Best Overall Paper.

        • 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.

        • Against the wind: Challenges and barriers to Canadian academic librarians’ instructional practices. (2017, June). Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Information Science, Ryerson University, Toronto. With Heidi Julien.

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

        • Embodied information in workplace contexts. (2016, October). Symposium of the Special Interest Group for Information Needs, Seeking, and Use (SIG-USE), Annual Meeting of the Association of Information Science and Technology, Copenhagen. (with Thane Chambers) [Link]

      • Practice


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


          My primary responsibilities include:

          • Creating and offering discipline-specific searching consultations and teaching
          • Advising students and faculty members on issues such as scholarly communications, open access, and research data management
          • Coordinating Rutherford Library's exhibitions program
        • Service


            Recent and current service roles include:

          • Awards


              My awards include:

              • Best Overall Paper, Canadian Association for Information Science (with Lisa Given and Lauren Carlson) (2017)
              • Tuition Fees Scholarship, Swinburne University of Technology (2017-)
              • OCLC/ASIS&T Student Prize (2016)
              • 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)
              • SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship (2003)
              • Curriculum Vitae

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