Professor Helen Partridge is based in the Faculty of Science and Technology at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Brisbane, Australia. Professor Partridge has published widely in the area of teaching and learning and has won a number of teaching awards including the 2004 and 2005 QUT Vice Chancellors Distinguished Teaching Award. Professor Partridge was elected to the Board of Directors of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) in 2006 and 2008. Actively involved in ALIA, she is a member of the Research and Publishing Standing Committee and is the association’s representative of the International Federation of Library and Information Association’s (IFLA) Library Theory and Research Standing Committee.
Professor Partridge received the State Library of Queensland Library Board award in 2007 for professional excellence. She is the coordinator of QUT’s library and information science education programme. In 2008 she received one of eight Associate Fellowships from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC). The fellowship established guiding principles and models of best practice for ‘LIS education 2.0’. The project acknowledged and explored the impact web 2.0 was having on the LIS profession and its education and training. In 2009 Professor Partridge received $219,000 from the ALTC for a research project that will re-conceptualise LIS education for the twenty-first century. Working with eleven other universities, she will lead a $219,000 project aimed at establishing a framework for the education of the information professions in Australia.
Professor Partridge’s work in LIS education has recently been recognized through the receipt of a European Commission’s Erasmus Mundus Scholarship. Through this scholarship she was a visitor scholar at the Oslo University College teaching in the International Master in Digital Library Learning. In addition to a focus on LIS education Professor Partridge’s research interests include a focus on the way people use information in their everyday life. She is the lead investigator for an Australian Research Council Linkage grant ($269,000) exploring how ageing Australians use information to learn about their health. The three year study is being conducted with the Queensland State Department of Health.
Professor Partridge’s proposed research draws upon, and brings together, her interest in learning, information and technology. She will undertake a study that will explore people’s information practices within a web 2.0 world.