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Monday, 26 March 2018

Health Education in Practice Symposium & Workshop

The Health Education in Practice Symposium is an opportunity for library professionals and those involved in adult and professional education of the workforce to discuss research, collaborate, and translate findings across sectors. Join educators and researchers from NSW health, universities and the broader professional community who are all invited to discuss current trends in evaluation and research related to health education of the workforce.

The event is a rare opportunity for library and information professionals to collaborate and learn across sectors, focusing on practice-based and academic educational research. The inaugural issue of the Health education in practice: journal of research for professional learning will be launched.

Paper proposals are invited on the following themes:
  • Research in education of the health workforce
  • Evaluation of health educational programs
  • Topics related to evidence-based health education, including theoretical considerations
  • Issues related to conducting educational research and evaluation in practice.

There will be opportunities to prepare presented papers for a special issue of the Health education in practice: journal of research for professional learning. More information about abstract submission can be found on the website



We have a great line-up of speakers, including Ms Elizabeth Koff, Secretary, NSW Health who will launch our journal, and keynote speakers, both education leaders and Deputy Vice-Chancellors: Prof Pip Pattison (University of Sydney) and Prof Shirley Alexander (University of Technology, Sydney). HETI’s Chief Executive Adjunct Prof Annette Solman and Prof Tim Shaw are among our other prominent speakers.

Check the website for a full list of speakers, call for papers, and registration details.


7 May 2018 | 9am - 4.30pm
Have you thought of advancing your educational practice by gathering research data?

Join Dr Suzana Sukovic (LARK founder & chair) & Dr Peter William Stubbs for this introductory workshop designed for health educators and those involved in professional and adult education.

The workshop is an opportunity for educators to network, collaborate and discuss research ideas. Participants will learn about research concepts, design and methods and how to apply them into practice. Participants will have opportunities to work on their research projects in small groups, and discuss the potential barriers and solutions to research project implementation.

Check the website for a presenter information and registration.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

LARK & New Graduates chat about research


Our first event this year is a Twitter chat with ALIA Students and New Graduates. What could be a more promising way to start this year's events than a chat with rising LIS stars? And, research in practice is always a hot topic.

Paul Jewell, Business Librarian from the Western Sydney University, had a great idea to join forces with New Graduates and host one of their regular chats on Twitter. Paul will facilitate this online event. 
In preparation for the meeting, here are the questions to guide our discussions:
  1. What do you see as the role of research in your practice, information service or sector?
  2. Do you read research literature on a regular basis? How do you do this? What stops you?
  3. Are there any initiatives or programs at your workplace that encourages reading, critical discussion and sharing of research?
  4. Have you or your colleagues ever undertaken any original LIS-based research? Please share brief details and links.
  5. What aspirations for research plans do you have in the future? What might support you to better engage with research?
If you are new to Twitter chats, you may like to check a handy guide prepared by the New Graduates.
We hope you can join us (@aliangac @pdjewel @suzanasukovic)
When? Tuesday 6 March 9 pm AEDT
Where? Twitter #auslibchat
Top image is taken from the NGAC blog.
Image credit: Keith C Rainsford, 1946: Argus Newspaper Collection of Photographs, State Library of Victoria (Accession no: H99.201/1669) via SLVIC.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

LARK's new look & Treasurer

By Suzana Sukovic

LARK has been so quiet that you have been wondering if the bird went to an around the world trip for holidays. It did fly around, but LARK also took time to revamp its look and freshen its flock. 

LARK is delighted to introduce the new Treasurer, Jamaica Eisner. Jamaica is a wise new graduate who has recognised the importance of starting research early in her career so she joined our flock. If you want to find out more about Jamaica and see her hard at work, go to our About page.

Five years old and a big bird now, LARK can't go around in its baby plumage anymore. So, here is its new look. Anna Nadarajah, ALIA designer, designed two great versions of the logo and we'll use them both. ¿Porque no los dos? The fancy blog banner was designed by Zoran Malesevic. Jamaica and I did a bit of work on Blogger to revamp its appearance.

We'd love to know what you think about our new look by commenting on this post and Twitter #LARK.