Alisa Howlett is a library and information science ‘practitioner-researcher’ with 7+ years of industry experience in various sectors and information settings including information management, government recordkeeping and academic libraries.
Prior to her current role as Coordinator, Evidence Based Practice at the University of Southern Queensland, Alisa undertook project work in the higher education sector related to improving academic library services and student learning experiences. In the archives sector, Alisa researched current and emerging trends in government records and information management and provided advice across to a diverse range of public authorities and government initiatives.
Alisa’s experience, together with her research and analytical skills, business and LIS professional knowledge positions her to to understand problems and questions about professional practice, lead and enable innovative service delivery that is evidence-based and client-centred. Her work aims to prompt rethinking and transformation of the ways in which the academic library creates a positive impact on the student learning experience and tells a compelling story of the library’s role in achieving institutional goals. She is also passionate about engaging and enabling new LIS professionals to launch their careers and developing a research culture within the LIS profession.
Alisa’s involvement in research projects related to evidence-based practice, support for regional and remote university students and research in the LIS profession (the Library and Information Science Research Australian (LISRA) project) has led her to co-authoring a number of journal articles in recent years.
In addition to her work, Alisa actively contributes to the library and information professional community through her writing and speaking, involvement in LIS education and current position of chairperson for Australian Library and Information Association’s (ALIA) New Generation Advisory Committee. Her contribution and achievements as an early career library and information professional has been recognised by her peers, receiving the ALIA Metcalfe Award in 2017.
Alisa has a Bachelor of Business (Marketing and Public Relations) from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and received her Master of Information Technology (Library and Information Science) in 2013.
The purpose of the blog is both a reflective space and a contribution to ‘the conversation’. Thoughts and lessons around professional work and interests are captured here, as well as the sharing of experiences and tips for new and early career library and information professionals.
Disclaimer: All views and opinions discussed in this blog are personal and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer, industry or any other organisation to which I am associated.
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