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About LARK

LARK (Library Applied Research Kollektive) fosters evidence-based practice and applied research in library and information studies. We have close connections with other professional groups interested in how people learn and work with information. In 2022, LARK celebrated its 10th anniversary.

LARK is a thriving ALIA group with a mailing list, Facebook and Twitter (@LARKollektive) presence, and face-to-face and online events. Our collaborative blog has visitors from all over the world. As a community of practice, LARK participates in various forms of research support organised by ALIA, and other professional and academic groups. Since our humble beginnings, LARK has become a prominent voice for applied and industry-based library and information research in Australia. You can read about our story here (after 5 years) and here (after 10 years).


Dr Suzana Sukovic, Director of Research and Library Services, PLC Sydney; LARK's founder and Chair

I have spent most of my life in education - as a librarian, educator, researcher, facilitator of digital innovation and, of course, learner. With a PhD in information studies and over 20 years of research experience (often squeezed in my information work), I am keen on boosting the status of research in the profession. My research interests focus on learning and knowledge creation, particularly on transliteracy and issues of boundary-crossing. For more information, see my pages on and Linkedin. Twitter @suzanasukovic.
Dr Katherine HowardeResearch Analyst, Intersect; LARK's Treasurer

Dr Katherine Howard is a eResearch Analyst at Intersect and  manager of the Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability, Deakin University. She previously worked as a Research Fellow on the ARC-funded LISRA project. Dr Howard has received many scholarships and research awards, including: a two-year Erasmus Mundus Scholarship to study in Europe; a Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (the first person outside of North America); and her PhD, completed at QUT, was nominated for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award. Dr Howard’s research focusses on new and emerging roles for information professionals, particularly around data science and research data management.

Ms Emilia Bell, Coordinator (Evidence Based Practice), Library Services, University of Southern Queensland

Emilia is Coordinator (Evidence Based Practice) at the UniSQ Library, a PhD student at Curtin University, and an ALIA New Generation Advisory Committee member. In their UniSQ role they help to develop an evidence-based library culture, including through practice-based research, with a reflective and values-based approach. Emilia’s research interests broadly include libraries, open scholarship, international developments in librarianship and knowledge production, and evidence-based library and information practice.

Mr Paul Jewel, Business Librarian, Western Sydney University Library

Paul’s driving passions are education and the power of information to deliver equitable opportunities for all our citizens. He graduated from University of North London (BSc) Honours in Information Studies and became a Chartered member of CILIP (UK). He has worked for the last 20+ years in a variety of Library Services – public, schools’ library service and secondary school library in the UK – and since returning to live in Australia in 2007 in an academic library at Western Sydney University. Paul is currently employed as the Business Librarian supporting the teaching and learning and research needs for the School of Business. He is passionate about all aspects of Information Literacy (IL) and how we can improve our students transitioning to the workplace and their lifelong learning with strong information and academic literacy skills. Paul led a research project on information literacy and employability, interviewing employers and graduates on workplace IL and the findings were published in Journal of Business Education in 2020. Recently Paul achieved Fellowship with the UK Higher Education Academy and became Fellow of the Badugulang Centre of Teaching and Learning Excellence at Western Sydney University. Paul also likes to dabble in critical librarianship, critical pedagogies, Twitter and the beautiful game.

Dr Mary Anne Kennan
, Adjunct Associate Professor, Information Studies, Charles Sturt University

Mary Anne's research interests focus broadly on scholarly communication, including open access, libraries, social inclusion, and increasingly on education for the information professions. She is currently Editor of the Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association.

Dr Bhuva NarayanAssociate Professor, School of Communication, University of Technology, Sydney

Dr Bhuva Narayan is the Director of the PhD programme at the School of Communication at the University of Technology Sydney. Previously, she was the Programme Coordinator for the school’s Information and Knowledge Management courses for over five years. Dr. Narayan came to Library and Information Science via the book industry in India, and then the editing and publishing industry in the United States. She completed a Masters in Library and Information Science from the iSchool at the University of Pittsburgh, and a Diploma in Publishing Procedures from Harvard University, before moving to Australia where she earned a PhD in Information Studies. Dr. Narayan is the Chair of the Research Advisory Committee for the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), and an Associate Editor at the Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association (JALIA).  Bhuva’s research interests are across Library and Information Sciences, Digital Cultures, Social Informatics, Social Justice, ICT,  Design Thinking, Human Learning, and Adult Education, specifically Higher Education Learning and Teaching. Dr. Narayan's detailed profile can be found at 

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