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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.

LARK is a thriving ALIA group with a mailing list, Facebook 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. This year we are celebrating our fifth anniversary.


22 February - Webinar Research Capacity building for professional practice

10 May - First LARK meeting in Adelaide & workshop Survey: beyond a happy sheet in Sydney

22 September - Holy Evidence! Research in Information Practice  - a whole day seminar to celebrate LARK's 5th anniversary

Late November or early December - End-year meeting

MEET THE LARKs doers and organisers

Suzana Sukovic, Executive Director Educational Research and Evidence Based Practice at HETI (Health Education and Training Institute, NSW Health); LARK's founder and chair

I have spent most of my life in education (mainly at universities)- as a librarian, educator, researcher, facilitator of digital innovation and, of course, student. With a PhD in information studies and about 20 years of research experience (often squeezed in my information work), I am keen on boosting the status of research in the profession. I occasionally update my pages on and tweet as @suzanasukovic

Alycia Bailey, Librarian, UTS Library; LARK Treasurer

I spent some time in TAFE and public libraries before making my way to St. Vincent’s College and then the current position at UTS. I completed my master's in information and knowledge management with a project titled Level Up, an after-school game development program done through the school. My interests lie mainly with gaming in libraries and schools, motivation, transliteracy and information access. You can contact me at and I tweet infrequently about my lunch at @Asaryu

Janet Chelliah, Scholarly Information Manager, UTS Library

Over the last 30+ years as a library professional, I have worked for the University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology, Victorian College of Optometry/NVRI/Melbourne University, Monash University and UTS. My positions have ranged from Reference Librarian, Systems Librarian, Special Librarian, Branch Librarian, Information Services Librarian, Scholarly Information Manager.

Bhuva Narayan, Senior Lecturer, School of Communication, University of Technology, Sydney

Dr Narayan coordinates the Information and Knowledge Management (IKM) Program, including the Master of Digital Information Management. Dr Narayan's research interests are across Library and Information Sciences, 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

Liz Walkely Hall, Open Scholarship and Data Management Librarian, Flinders University Library.

Liz has a strong interest in evidence-based librarianship and data driven decision-making for libraries and is an active practitioner-researcher. She is Chair of Flinders University Library’s Research Working Group, providing leadership and support for practitioners engaged in research projects.

It usually ends up with dinner (14 April 2016)

Workshop in the UTS Ghery building

That's when it all started: Let's talk research, 20 September 2012, St.Vincent's College, Sydney. 
From left Kim Sherwin, Adam Carron, Amy Croft, Stacey Taylor, Irma Birchall, Crystal Choi, Alycia Bailey, Alinda Sheerman, Katherine Rogerson, Suzana Sukovic, Rita Fitzpatrick. Caja Hills is behind the camera.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the valuable information about game development. Am a game savvy and love to play different type of games and also to design. My interest landed me at joining game development school to pursue my degree in gaming to design interesting games.