Championing the CAUL Digital Dexterity Framework

Virtual festival Biographies
1, 2, 3, 11 & 12 February 2021

Fiona Salisbury, Executive Director and University Librarian, La Trobe University

Fiona Salisbury is the Executive Director Library and University Librarian La Trobe University. Fiona is an experienced library leader and before being appointed to her current role worked in senior library roles at La Trobe University and the University of Melbourne. Fiona is active in the academic library profession and currently serves on the boards of the Council of Australian University Librarians and CAVAL. She is interested in keeping academic libraries at the heart of the university through conversation, collaboration and transformative cultural change

Emeka Anele, Library Officer, Victoria University

Emeka Anele began working at Victoria University as a Library Officer in 2018. Prior to that he was working as a casual Library Technician at Swinburne University of Technology and William Angliss Institute. In the middle of 2020, he completed a Master of Information Management at RMIT University. Emeka has a strong interest into how diversity can be used to re-shape libraries, as well as how new technologies can aid in library services.

Rebecca Muir, Manager, Libraries West, Victoria University

Rebecca Muir is the Manager, Libraries West at Victoria University and a fifth-year part time PhD candidate with Charles Sturt University. Her research focuses on accessibility and diversity in libraries and the LIS profession, including accessibility features and apps for mobile devices. Rebecca is a co-recipient of the 2020 Twila Ann Janssen Herr Research Award for Disability Services with Mary Coe.

Adrian Stagg. Manager (Open Educational Practice), Content Team, Library, University of Southern Queensland
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Adrian Stagg is the Manager (Open Educational Practice) for the University of Southern Queensland. His career has included both public and academic libraries, and positions as a Learning Technologist, and eLearning Designer. Adrian holds a Master of Applied Science (Library and Information Management) and is a confirmed PhD candidate at the University of Tasmania. His research areas include the ecology of open educational practice and higher education policy as it relates to, and supports, open educational initiatives. He is an active member of the open education community through the Australasian OEP Special Interest Group (ASCILITE), OERu, Creative Commons, and facilitates the USQ Open Education Staff Scholarships Scheme.

Dr Susan Carter, Director of the Master of Learning and Teaching and Senior Lecturer (Education), University of Southern Queensland
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Susan Carter is both an educational practitioner and an early career academic. She has a PhD with her study in how School Principals maintain wellbeing, a Master’s degree in special education, a second Master’s degree in Education (Theology). Susan is the Director of the Master of Learning and Teaching and a senior lecturer at the University of Southern Queensland. She has been an educator for 27 years, 13 spent in a variety of leadership roles including teaching principal, deputy, principal of a P to 10 school, and a principal of a large rural school. This has provided her with a variety of experiences in rural and metropolitan Australian contexts. Susan is a member of the Leadership Research International (LRI) team. Her areas of research expertise include wellbeing in educational contexts, inclusion, leadership of inclusion and wellbeing, and special needs. She has presented at national and international conferences and in 2014 was awarded an Australian Council of Educational Leaders commendation for a community program.

Cecily Andersen, University of Southern Queensland

Cecily Andersen is an experienced educational leader. She has been an educator for over 40 years across a variety of roles including teacher, school leadership and district and regional educational leadership, within primary, secondary, inclusive education and Indigenous community settings across remote, rural, and regional areas. Cecily has worked in the School of Management and Enterprise at the University of Southern Queensland as a researcher, casual teacher and course writer in undergraduate education courses, Masters of Learning and Teaching (MOLT) courses, Master of Education Courses and Upskills courses. She has also designed, developed, and delivered professional development programs in wellbeing, special education, coaching, mentoring and feedback conversations for both the University of Southern Queensland, the Queensland Department of Education, and the Australian Capital Territory Catholic Education system. Cecily is a life member and fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation. Her interests include social justice, leadership in complex contexts, and how coaching and mentoring build capacity and wellbeing in others. Cecily is currently researching how coaching impacts on teacher wellbeing. 

Terra Starbird, Digital Literacy Trainer, Australian National University

Terra Starbird is an academic librarian, working as Digital Literacy Trainer with Scholarly Information Services Division at the Australian National University (ANU). With a specialisation in Educational Research, literature and social science, she has worked both as a teacher and a teacher librarian with the NSW Department of Education, as well as an academic librarian at Charles Sturt University and the ANU. Her professional interests include building critical media and digital literacy skills development initiatives, creating multimodal learning resources and compelling visuals to bring research data to life, information privacy in the digital age and the transformative power libraries.

Masami Yamaguchi, Librarian, Griffith University
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Masami is a librarian at Griffith University. She is a Carpentry instructor and a trainer. Her interests include developing and delivering effective workshops and communicating effectively with beautiful visualisation. ORCID:

Brett Parker, Senior Programmer and Software Support Officer, Griffith University
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Brett is a senior programmer and software support officer at Griffith Universities eResearch. Brett has an interest in pulling spatial and temporal meaning out of ecological data. And of course, making pretty graphs and maps with data. Brett also has a passion for helping researchers to make the most out of the resources available to them. ORCID:

Amanda Miotto, Senior eResearch Analyst, Griffith University
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Amanda is a Senior eResearch Analyst for Griffith University and QCIF. She started off in the field of Bioinformatics and learnt to appreciate the beauty of science before discovering the joys of coding. She is also heavily involved in Software Carpentry, Hacky Hours and ResBaz, and has developed on platforms around HPC and scientific portals.

Charles Barnett, Library Business Partner, Design and Social Context, RMIT University Library

Charles has had a long career with RMIT University Library in a range of roles and as part of extended leadership teams for many years. Charles’ current role is as a Library Business Partner working to align Library services with the strategic directions of the Design and Social Context College. He has previously managed numerous Library sites at RMIT as well as working as a Liaison Librarian with numerous schools. Charles has engaged more broadly in the University with secondments into the Alumni and Philanthropy team and worked on a major projects team in Vietnam to help deliver large complex Learning Resources Centres into regional Universities in Vietnam. Charles has led numerous project teams to build and deliver services to RMIT’s users. He was a lead in the convergence RMIT's Business and Swanston Libraries, a leader in the implementation of new library systems, and drove the development and implementation of the new RMIT Library Makerspace.

Library Live Creators / Students:

  • Doan Phuc Tam
    Just your typical Asian: Intelligent, Problem Solver & get sh*t done (properly).

  • Sam Morrison
    Programmer, sailor and adventurer.

  • AviH
    A software engineer with a talent for designing scalable systems.

  • Jeff Phan
    CS Student at RMIT University and Vietnam National University.

Clayton Bolitho, Research Outputs Data Advisor, La Trobe University

Since 1991 Clayton has worked at La Trobe University’s Bendigo campus library in various positions. These include Cataloguing Library (1991-2009), Faculty Library for Science & Engineering (2009-2014) and Research Outputs Data Advisor in the Research Data Management Team and now the Scholarly Publications Team from 2020. Clayton’s interest in data visualization developed in 2015 when he was first introduced to Tableau. Since then he has learnt how to use Tableau to help get a better understanding of data in a variety of work-related and personal contexts, especially climate data available on the Bureau of Meteorology website. Clayton also enjoys sharing this knowledge with his colleagues at La Trobe University and has assisted their Research Partnerships Team to develop a visual Research Attention, Value and Engagement (RAVE) service.

Bruce White, Open Access and Copyright Advisor, Massey University

Bruce has worked in the library sector for more than 40 years in a variety of roles, mostly in support of university research and teaching. For most of that time he has been actively engaged with digital information with a particular interest in the development of skills needed by researchers and librarians to thrive in a continually changing environment; he is the author of publications on topics that include digital fluency, search engine evaluation, open access, library history, bibliometrics and collection management as well as a forthcoming book on spreadsheets. He is currently Open Access and Copyright Advisor with Massey University.

Kim Tairi, Kaitoha Puka (University Librarian), Auckland University of Technology

Kim Tairi is an indigenous, intersectional feminist and librarian. Her career spans more than 25 years and both Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. A Kaitoha Puka (The University Librarian) in a mid-sized urban university in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa she has been an avid social media user since the early naughties. Her first website was on Geocities and she now hangs out on Twitter and Instagram. She often boasts about not being on Facebook but sees the irony Instagram is a Facebook company <emoji wearing dark glasses). Her favourite things to do include dancing in her living room and watching videos of her mokopuna (grandchild) on repeat. To find out more she has an extensive digital footprint and no superpowers.

Dr Sarah Lambert, Honorary Research Fellow, Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE)

Dr Sarah Lambert is the Chief Investigator of the Australian scoping study of OER, or “open textbooks”, funded by the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE). This scoping study aims to investigate to what extent open textbooks have the potential to act as a social justice tool in the Australian Higher Education context as they have in North America and Canada.

Kristy Newton, Digital Literacies Coordinator, University of Wollongong

Kristy is the Digital Literacies Coordinator at University of Wollongong (UOW) Library, and an experienced design thinking workshop facilitator. UOW Library has been using design thinking to enhance their planning and evaluation of services and resources for the past five years, and have embedded the practice and mindsets of design thinking into their professional development. Kristy has delivered workshops ranging from full day intensives to shorter introductions and refresher sessions, as well as applying the methodologies to a number of strategic projects.

Jane Miller, Director, Digital Libraries and Repositories, Deakin University

Jane is the Director, Digital Libraries and Repositories at Deakin University where she leads the teams responsible for managing the Library’s systems, website and digital experience. Her professional interests include discovery and discoverability of content and resources as well as the role of systems and technology in enabling and adding value to services and workflow processes. An advocate for the idea that systems must work for people, Jane is also a believer in the critical importance of effective collaboration and is constantly looking for ways to creatively develop connections and build effective teams. Over the years she has regularly used games and “play” as part of her strategy in relation to professional development and team building.

Dr. Karen Miller, Coordinator, Learning Success, Curtin University

Dr Karen Miller is the Learning Coordinator at Curtin University Library. Incorporating a ‘maker’ approach to learning and using both old and new technologies, she develops learning programs, interactive activities and resources designed to develop information and digital literacies. She helped establish the Curtin Library Makerspace and continues to play a role in its activities and development.

Kat Cain, Manager, Digital Literacy Programs, Deakin University

In her current role as a Digital Literacy Programs Manager, Kat Cain explores innovative digital teaching and learning initiatives for the Library division. Kat has a broad background in both academic and public library sectors but with an underpinning work focus on literacies. The other recurrent theme in Kat’s history is an interest in how technologies, people and learning weave together.

Kelly George, Academic & Research Librarian, Charles Darwin University

Kelly George is an Academic and Research Librarian at Charles Darwin University. She is the Digital Dexterity Champion from her institution and has been a vital part of the Digital Dexterity Resource Sharing working group since its inception.

Emily Pyers, Library Website and Systems Officer, Federation University

Emily Pyers is the Library Website and Systems Officer at Federation University. There she coordinates Federation University’s Library website, leads their internal Digital Dexterity peer-to-peer learning program, and supports the ILMS Systems Administration Librarian. Emily is an integral part of the DigiDex Champions Network, participating in the Governance and Blog working groups, where she is a positive force and helps to figure out practical applications for new technology.

Ana Shah Hosseani, Information Services Librarian, University of Technology Sydney

Anna Shah Hosseani is an Information Services Librarian at University of Technology Sydney. Ana is also a driving force in the implementation, creation and running of the Digital Dexterity blog.