Helen Partridge is a Professor in the Information Systems School at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia. She is co-leader of QUTs Information Studies Group; a research team with a multi-disciplinary focus crossing the boundaries of people, information, and technology. The group has established an international reputation for its unique qualitative work exploring peoples information experiences, and will be releasing an edited book, Information Experience: New Research Perspectives, in 2014.
Helen coordinates QUTs library and information science (LIS) education programs. She has published widely in the area of teaching and learning and has received a number of teaching awards including a Teaching Fellowship in 2008 from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) that explored the impact of social media on the LIS profession and its education. Helen was later commissioned by the ALTC to produce a Best Practice Report on Blended Learning that could be used to guide the future of higher education teaching and learning in Australia.
She is an active member of the Australian and international library and information profession. She has twice been elected to the Board of Directors of the Australian Library and Information Association, and was appointed a Fellow of the Association in 2012. Helen is the secretary for the Library Theory and Research Standing Committee of the International Federation of Library and Information Associations, and coordinated the committees recent project, Research Librarian Partnership, a mentoring program aimed at helping new professionals in the library sector develop their knowledge, skill and experience in undertaking research.
Helen has received over $1million in research funding; her work focuses on the interplay between information, learning and technology. From 2009 to 2011 she worked with 11 Australian educational institutions on a project that established a framework for the education of the information professions in Australia for the twenty-first century. In 2011 she was a visiting fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, where she undertook a study exploring peoples information experiences in Twitter. Her work at the Berkman Centre will build upon this study.