• 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.


    My research interests focus on articulating information practices, including information organization and searching practices, which are often unexamined, tacit, or assumed to be mundane. 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.


    For more information, see my CV.


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

  • Presentations


      Recent presentations:

      • Finding information at the intersections of gender (2019, October). Working at the Intersections of Gender Fall Conference, Edmonton, Canada. [Link]
      • Holistic approaches to research: from rhetoric to paradigm (2019, June). With Lisa M. Given. Conceptions of Library and Information Science 10, Ljubljana, Slovenia. [Link]
      • 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]
    • Publications


        New publications:

        • "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]
      • 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. 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: