CRIG Seminar 2021

The CRIG Seminar of 2021 was held online across three webinars and workshops on the theme of Creativity Out of Uncertainty.


CRIG Seminar 2021: Creativity Out of Uncertainty

The full program can be accessed here

Creating new stories in uncertain times
Event 1, Tuesday 9 November, 10.00 – 11.45am AEDT

Resources suggested and/or used by the presenters and/or mentioned in the chat + Q&As leftover from the session:

Using the UN Sustainable Development Goals to contextualise the impact of library services
Carmel O’Sullivan & Lyndelle Gunton, University of Southern Queensland (USQ)

Presentation slides

USQ Library

UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

2019 CAUL Sustainable Development Goals Report

2019 USQ Library and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

USQ Library Stories of 2020

The SDSN Australia, New Zealand & Pacific Network, Getting started with the SDGs in universities: A guide for universities, higher education institutions, and the academic sector

CC licensed storytelling template

USQ’s open texts

Ways in which USQ Library has contributed to quality education

Ways in which USQ Library has contributed to decent work and economic growth

Ways in which USQ Library has contributed to ending poverty

Just ask: Small questions with big impact
Anna Findlay & Heather Tera, La Trobe University

Presentation slides

Lundstrom, K., Fagerheim, B., & Geem, S. V. (2021). Library Teaching Anxiety: Understanding and Supporting a Persistent Issue in Librarianship. College & Research Libraries.

Orr, D., Luebcke, M., Schmidt, J. P., Ebner, M., Wannemacher, K., Ebner, M., & Dohmen, D. (2020). Higher Education Landscape 2030: A Trend Analysis Based on the AHEAD International Horizon Scanning. Springer International Publishing.

Oliveira, S. M. (2017). The academic library’s role in student retention: A review of the literature. Library Review, 66(4/5), 310–329.

Steele, J. E. (2021). The role of the academic librarian in online courses: A case study. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 47(5), 102384.

Apples, oranges, and a bookshelf online: using H5P to make a library collection accessible to children at the Little Food Festival Library
Tracey Whyte & Sam Helfrich, Monash University

Presentation slides

Little Food Festival

Monash University, Teaching Materials Collection

Q&A not addressed in the session:

  • Q: You collaborated with a public library - how did that conversation start?

    A: We were provided with a contact Librarian at the City of Melbourne Library, via the academic who was the main contact for the festival. We initially emailed the Librarian to sort out the picture books that both Libraries would contribute and share (to avoid duplication of resources) and then met in person at the physical festival in 2019.

  • Q: I can see synergies with measuring against Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) here. Any thoughts about this?

    A: Yes we agree the festival and associated activities highlighted synergies and applications to a number of areas within the SDGs. Sustainability, health promotion, education and work skills, inclusion, climate change and equality are some of the themes that were highlighted and are important within the Faculty, Monash University and more broadly in society.

  • Q: Did you find any limitations in using h5P as your platform?

    A: As we are still planning the final product, we’ve not encountered any limitations as yet, however that’s not to say there aren’t better tools available. The only limitation may be that we can’t easily measure the metrics for this resource, however the Google site (where the h5P will be displayed) will be able to provide these kinds of statistics so we can check views and engagement through the site itself.

  • Q: Is there interest from the student union or student wellbeing who might be interested in programming to support sustainability & food security on campus?

    A: The University has a number of sustainability programs and activities initiated by both staff, Faculties and students - particularly green initiatives supporting sustainability and climate change awareness. The student association also offers training and development opportunities for students around food security and sustainability to both promote their services and provide work skills opportunities for students.

He(5)lping out: Pivoting academic preparation and support for teaching
Lisa Grbin, Louisa Sher & Rachel West, Deakin University

Presentation slides

Library Support for Unit Chairs, h5p resource

Q&A not addressed in the session:

  • Q: Is this something you are sharing with others in the library? Do others have the same common pain points?

    A: Yes we are looking at approaching the Teaching and Learning Team to put it on the Library website and make the content applicable for ALL faculties. But we will have to check whether essential content is missing that other faculties get asked for.

  • Q: Do you think the blended teach/work environment presents MORE opportunities for connecting with academics and students than face to face liaison?

    A: Personally I believe that walking down the hall and knocking on doors of academics is crucial, though terrifying. I now only see them when they think they need me. However, our cross-campus library team I believe works a lot more closely now using Teams and Zoom. When working from home we tend to talk to library colleagues from other campuses more than we talk to those from our own campus! This has made us a much more tight-knit team with more equal resourcing.

Creative teaching and learning: Tales from the field
Event 2, Wednesday 10 November, 2.00 – 3.45pm AEDT

Resources suggested and/or used by the presenters and/or mentioned in the chat + Q&As leftover from the session:

Unpacking creativity in academic libraries: a conversation
Kat Cain, Deakin University, and Kristy Newton, University of Wollongong

Presentation slides

Welby Altidor. Creative director formerly with Cirque du Soleil - reflecting on creativity

My Creative Type Quiz

Amabile, T. M. (1983). The social psychology of creativity: A componential conceptualization. Journal of personality and social psychology45(2), 357.

Amabile, T. M. (1988). A model of creativity and innovation in organizationsResearch in organizational behavior10(1), 123-167.

Borrup, T. (2010). Shaping a Creative milieu: Creativity, process, pedagogy, leadership, and placeJournal of Urban Culture Research1, 40-57.

Cain, K., Miller, K. and Newton, K. (future publish date 2022). Creativity and cross-institutional collaboration in the DigiDex Community of Practice. It will be available via VALA 2022 Proceedings.

Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2014). Society, culture, and person: A systems view of creativity. In The systems model of creativity (pp. 47-61). Springer, Dordrecht.

Falciani-White, N. (2021). Creativity : a toolkit for academic libraries. Association of College & Research Libraries.

Kelley, T. & Kelley, D. (2015). Creative confidence : unleashing the creative potential within us all (Paperback edition.). William Collins.

Sutcliffe, T. (2015). Organising the MindStart the week podcast


Breaking Canvas: Practice-based research for creative practitioners
Sarah Charing, Ruth McConchie, Sophie Kolla, Julie Cohen and Norm Turnross, The University of Melbourne

Presentation slides

UCLA Library WI + RE

UCLA Library The WI + RE Manifesto

“Spotlights on Success” workshop series: Supporting students in uncertain times 
Anna Bailey, Dr Zoe Thomas and Freya Whaite, La Trobe University

Presentation slides

La Trobe University Library Learning Hub

Smash your final assessments with the ‘Spotlights on Success’ workshop series – starting 27 September

Here’s how to catch common writing errors (and stop losing marks!)

How to get through exam day: Jacinta’s tips for before and after an exam

‘Searching the Library for literature reviews: how does a librarian do it?’ – a retro exemplar
Nicholas Pavlovski, Swinburne University of Technology

Presentation slides

Hicks, A, and Sinkinson, C, Participation and Presence: Interrogating active learning

Kirby Ferguson on Creativity: Nothing is Original, Everything is a Remix. But Does it Really Matter?

Q&A not addressed in the session:

  • Q: Have you thought about making this resource more interactive? Such as with H5P.

    A: I hadn’t reached that stage yet, as I desperately want some student feedback (not teaching staff feedback) about the resource. I tried soliciting student feedback, but so far without success, and it is not my place to push for feedback – I do not want to upset the unit convenors, as I have to ask unit convenors for permission to be in their LMS spaces. I did have a lot less requests for my help this semester though, so maybe it did help – but without any data, I cannot form any conclusions. Interestingly, today I learned about H5P for the first time, so I need to go off and learn more about it. I could indeed make it more interactive, once I’ve tried a few things and found something that works well with Canvas.

  • Q: Interesting to have to balance creativity and practicality, and connect with your audience - can you talk a little about how this resonated with your students?

    A: I wish I could, but my requests for feedback to over 200 students across five units of study resulted in nothing but the sounds of crickets chirping. As above, I did have a lot less requests for private consultations from those student groups this semester, so maybe it did help.

  • Q: Have you got student feedback to see how this is supplementing / impacting their searches?

    A: As above – sadly, no, but not for lack of trying.

  • Q: Did you consider an html solution rather than PowerPoint as it can be easier to make it accessible?

    No, but I certainly could. I have ok HTML editing skills, so I could indeed try reworking it into that format. Thanks for the suggestion!

  • Q: Have you thought of chunking the pdf?

    A: No, but I certainly could. I did wonder if I could break it up, as I have done with Swinburne’s Harvard Referencing learning objects that I curate. I’d really like some student feedback before I did that, though…

  • Q: Could you hyperlink your search string examples into a live execution (for those students who are online when looking at pdf)? You can do this for pubmed.

    A: Possibly, I hadn’t thought of that. I’ll have to investigate it – it might lead to a more interactive resource (as per the first question). Thanks for the suggestion!

Miro the Hero
Anastasia Stepanovic, The University of Melbourne

Presentation slides

Anastasia’s Miro board

Denial, C. (2019) A pedagogy of kindness

Q&A not addressed in the session:

  • Q: What was the learning curve like for students in a session? How much time was needed to explain Miro to them?

    A: Students being able to apply their findings anonymously allows them to freely express themselves without the fear of being judged, allowing them to feel more relaxed in the class and to seek further guidance as the training goes. Some students have since reached out and commented on how the training sessions have increased their marks and improved their understandings when researching law. Time required to describe Miro to the students is less than 1 minute. As long as the link you are sharing is public and can be commented on by anyone who has the link, and you describe the tools on the left-hand side, the interactive white board is self-explanatory.

  • Q: Bit of a basic question - how do you get the URL to the students if this is face-to-face?

    A: Students would be given the URL link via the Zoom registration, or through our LMS – Canvas module, students have access to this via their phone and laptops.

Duck, Duck Zoom: Why do people run from my breakout room?
Event 3, Friday 12 November, 10.30am – 12.00pm AEDT

Facilitators: Eddie Pavuna, Jo Chadwick, Lisa Grbin and Olivia Larobina, Deakin University

Resources suggested and/or used by the facilitators and/or mentioned in the chat during the workshop:

Workshop Padlet

Where in the world? Padlet

AIATSIS Map of Indigenous Australia

Australians Together. The importance of Land

Be well with Amy. (2021) 5 minute desk stretch

Total Care Plus. Desk stretches

Wheel of Networking