The School of Information Studies visits cities across Australia and internationally with groups of 20-60 students to tour a selection of information agencies. These Study Visits form a core part of our workplace learning program, and offer our students valuable opportunities to see the diversity of information work, and develop peer and professional networks. The School has responded creatively to the current challenges of COVID-19 by moving our unique and significant program of yearly Study Visits into a virtual space.
Our current Virtual Study Visit program has over 100 students attending a selection of eight online sessions with established information professionals, who are giving insight into their current roles and their career journeys. Speakers include librarians and archivists from the academic, health, public, museum and school library sectors, talking about career development, technology, current issues facing their sector and also the impact of COVID-19 on their work. We look forward to further developing our virtual study visit programs and also returning to our face-to-face visits when possible.
As we begin an exciting new year, the School of Information Studies invites interested information organisations to discuss potential professional placements for our students in 2020. Please contact our Professional Experience Committee Chair Suzanne Pasanai.
Professional placements in 2019
In 2019 over 175 School of Information Studies students undertook professional placements in over 150 information organisations across Australia, the Pacific and North America. The School thanks these organisations and their staff for their generous sharing of time and knowledge with our students, and for their partnering with the School in educating students for the profession.
We are excited to announce the program of Study Visits for 2020, including a 10 day visit to London, UK!
Students in the Bachelor of Information Studies, Master of Information Studies and Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship) programs all complete a Study Visit during their studies, and comment on the value of the visits to their personal and professional development. Each Study Visit comprises 4 days of site visits to libraries,archives and other information agencies in the city or region, featuring behind-the-scenes tours, guest speakers from new and experienced professionals, and some hands-on activities. The visits also provide an opportunity for online and distance students to meet each other and their teaching staff in professional and social environments.
In 2020 students have the choice of Study Visits in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane or Newcastle. Our London Study Visit is fully subscribed and is due to depart in late August.
More information about our Study Visit program.