RAILS 2022

To ensure the RAILS tradition continues after the interruptions caused by the COVID pandemic in 2020-2021 RAILS 2022 will temporarily take a modified format. Hosted by the School of Information and Communication Studies at Charles Sturt University, RAILS 2022 will be a free online conference bringing together selected invited speakers over two half days on the 29th and 30th of November 2022 (AEDT). The theme for RAILS 2022 will be: 
Off the RAILS: Changing research for changing times: Exploring new perspectives, themes, audiences and trends in LIS research

The modified format will include invited guest speakers, a session for the Australasian Information Educators’ Symposium (AIES), a doctoral showcase, and a publishing session by JALIA’s chief editor.

The Doctoral Showcase will include a series of short presentations from research students summarising their progress to date. The audience will be invited to ask questions and provide feedback after each presentation. If you are a doctoral student studying at a university in Australasia, with a research project related to the GLAM sector, and would like to present your research to date as part of the Doctoral Showcase, please contact Prof Philip Hider at phider@csu.edu.au by Friday 11 November, and also register online.


The conference is free, however, you will need to register your intention to attend the conference via this page on Eventbrite. Later, having done so, you will be emailed the Zoom link (about a week before the conference).


An overview of the program is presented below. Short bio of speakers and their abstracts are available on this page. You can download the detailed programme (PDF) with the bio of the speakers and the abstract. If your time zone is different from AEDT (Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Hobart), please use this programme with time conversions.

Day 1: 29th November (times are AEDT)

  • 10:15 – 10:30, Welcome, overview and housekeeping
  • 10:30 – 11:15, Invited guest Carol Tenopir (Uni. Tenn. USA), Scholarly reading: What has changed, what hasn’t changed, and what might change in the future
  • 11:15 – 12:00, Invited guest Michael Stephens (San Jose USA), Wholehearted Research: Pragmatic, Inclusive, and Meaningful
  • 12:00 – 12:45, Meal break
  • 12:45 – 13:30, Invited guest Steve Witt (Uni. Ill. US & IFLA) Global studies approaches to library science research and practice
  • 13:30 – 14:15, Invited guests Helen Partridge (Deakin, AUS) & Lisa Given (RMIT, AUS), Enabling research-based practice in library and information science: A preliminary model from the LISRA project
  • 14:15 – 15:00, Summation Day 1

Day 2: 30th November

  • 15:00 – 15:15, Welcome to day 2 and recap day 1
  • 15:15 – 16:00, Invited guest Chin Ee, LOH (NTU, Sing.), New Times, New Methods: How to Be a Data-Savvy LIS Researcher and Practitioner
  • 16:00 – 16:45, Invited guest Gill Hallam (ALIA), AEIS session: The interplay between research and practice in the ALIA Professional Pathways initiative
  • 16:45 – 17:00, Short break
  • 17:00 – 18:00, Outside the RAILS, Critical research panel
  • 18:00 – 18:30, Invited guest Mary-Anne Kennan (JALIA), Getting published
  • 18:30 – 19:00, Meal break
  • 19:00 – 20:30, Doctoral Showcase
  • 20:30, Summation and thanks


If you have any questions about the conference, please contact rails@csu.edu.au.

Organising Committee

The conference is organised by the staff from the School of Information and Communication Studies.

  • A/Prof. Mary Carroll (the Chair)
  • Dr Waseem Afzal
  • Dr Kasey Garrison
  • Professor Philip Hider
  • A/Prof. Hamid Jamali
  • Dr Yazdan Mansourian
  • Dr Kay Oddone
  • Dr Asim Qayyum
  • Dr Monique Shephard
  • Dr Simon Wakeling