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Information and Library Studies
Dr Amanda Cossham
I have a PhD in Library and Information Studies, a Master of Library & Information Studies, a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English literature, and a Certificate in Designing and Facilitating E-learning. I've worked in libraries since 1987 (including over 10 years in the Parliamentary Library), as a lecturer since 2000, and as a consultant in records and information management (part-time) since 2002.
I am the Regional Editor of Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=gkmc and Editor, Australasia and South-East Asia, for Information Research
I am on the Editorial Board of NZ Library and Information Management Journal
My research interests include bibliographic research, knowledge organisation (including classification and folksonomies), FRBR, LRM and RDA, and mental models of information behaviour and information organisation especially related to the improvement of access to information. Other research interests include continuing professional development of information professionals, research methods, genre, scholarly publishing, graduate outcomes and information management.
For more information visit https://amandacossham.academia.edu/ or http://orcid.org/0000-0001-9728-3163
Dr Eric Boamah
Principal Lecturer - Information and Library Studies
Role at Open Polytechnic
I am a Principal Lecturer in Information and Library Studies.
I have a Bachelor of Arts in Information Studies (Major) with Linguistics (Minor) from the University of Ghana, a Master of Arts in Digital Library Learning from a consortium of three universities: Oslo University College, Norway; Tallinn University, Estonia; and Palmer University, Italy. I obtained my PhD from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. I also have a Certificate in Teaching from Wesley College, Ghana.
I have worked as a teacher and librarian in various schools in Ghana and as a research assistant at Victoria University of Wellington. I have also been involved in many voluntary library and information management related activities in Europe, New Zealand and Ghana.
My research interests span a range of areas including digital libraries, information literacy, and digital preservation issues, particularly those bordering on ICT policy development and strategy implementation affecting developing countries.
Academic Staff Member - Information and Library Studies
Role at Open Polytechnic
I an Academic Staff Member in Information and Library Studies.
I have a Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) from Victoria University of Wellington, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Auckland, a Certificate in Designing and Facilitating E-Learning, and a Certificate in Adult Education and Training. I am a member of the Editorial Board of the New Zealand Library and Information Journal and a peer reviewer for Library Review.
I have 19 years of experience working in a wide variety of libraries, ranging from a large academic library to small special libraries, including the Department of Education, the Horticulture Export Authority, and the librarian for a law firm. I worked in a variety of roles including Reference/Cataloguer Librarian, Information Specialist, and Law Librarian, which enabled me to get a broad understanding of librarianship in different
My current research interests include issues impacting on library and information services, and consumer health information. I am also interested in the education and professional development of librarians. I co-authored a research study evaluating the impact of Information and Library studies degrees and diplomas on graduates’ job. My early research for my Masters was on factors influencing children’s fiction selection decisions. The perspective of developmental psychology was used to inform understanding of children’s fiction choices.
My research publications include:
Irvine, J. & Cossham, A. (2011). Flexible learning: reflecting on a decade of library and information studies programmes at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand. Library Review 60 (8).
Smith, S., Wellington, S., Cossham, A., Fields, A., Irvine, J., Welland, S., & Innes, M. (2011). Obtaining high retention and completion rates in a New Zealand ODL environment: a case study of strategies employed by Information and Library Studies faculty at the Open Polytechnic. Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning 15 (1)31-45.
Irvine, J. (2002) Ask them! Children’s fiction book choices and the implications for libraries. Lower Hutt: The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand. (Working Paper 3-02).
Senior Lecturer - Library and Information Studies
I have a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Library and Information Studies.
My background is in reference services within public libraries, but I have also had management roles within two academic institutions. Between 2013 and 2016 I was Academic Librarian (Arts and Sciences) at the University of New England. I also spent two years as Programme Delivery Manager at Open Polytechnic, before I made a decision to return to academic life.
My research interests include information seeking behaviour, including library support for students transitioning between levels of academic study, and new developments in library reference services.
Academic Staff Member - Library and Information Studies
Role at Open Polytechnic
I am an Academic Staff Member in Library and Information Studies.
I have a Post Graduate Degree in Archives Administration from the University of New South Wales and over 20 years experience in the records and archives management industries. When not teaching I carry out records management and archives management consultancy work around New Zealand, and run a local history collection on a volunteer basis.
I have been involved in a number of articles, talks and seminars relating to archives and records management. My current research interests focus on the importance of context as it relates to records, especially when it comes to aiding user understanding.
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