In 1998, when the Internet still was a novelty, Christine Bruce at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia electronically contacted Louise Limberg, at the University of Borås (UB), Sweden. Bruce had found out that they both had been working with doctoral projects looking at information literacy from a phenomenographic perspective. Today, both Bruce and Limberg are professors within the area of Information Literacy, and are now each leading internationally renowned research groups at their universities.
The collaboration between the two researchers that started in the late 1990’s has continued and developed. As a newly appointed Adjunct Professor at QUT, Louise Limberg spent three months with Professor Christine Bruce’s Information Studies Group during the wet Australian summer (November to January 2010/2011). The visit included collaboration on a research grant application to the Australian Research Council on Smart Information Use; supervision of doctoral students; and two seminars where Professor Limberg presented ongoing research within the programme Learning, Interaction and Mediated Communication in Contemporary Society (LinCS) at UB and the University of Gothenburg. The seminars were given together with Professor Limberg’s PhD Candidate Anna Lundh, who also had the opportunity to spend three months at QUT.
During their Australian journey Professor Limberg and Ms Lundh also spent time with Dr Annemaree Lloyd at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga, where Limberg also is an Adjunct Professor. Among the many activities at CSU, Professor Limberg and Ms Lundh gave a seminar on their socioculturally grounded work on Information Literacy.
Back in snowy Sweden Professor Limberg and Ms Lundh look forward to returning the hospitality of their colleagues in Brisbane and Wagga Wagga during 2011 and 2012, when a number of Australian Information Literacy researchers will be visiting UB. The visits will start with Professor Bruce and Dr Lloyd attending an international workshop on Information Literacy and Social Media Research, set up by Professor Olof Sundin at UB.
Photo 2: Professor Louise Limberg and Ms Anna Lundh after their seminar at CSU. By courtesy of Dr. Annemaree Lloyd