AIMR – providing targeted information for the sector

Adelaide Parr and Sally Newton, Deakin University

Concurrent session 20
Thursday 1 September 2016, 11:00am - 11:25am


The Australasian Information Management Research project is sponsored by the Australian Society of Archivists and the Australian Library and Information Association. It aims to provide a one stop resource for researchers and information professionals to identify information for use, and define gaps in current research, which may lead to funding and sponsorship of further research opportunities. The target audience is both domestic and international, and includes:

  • Members of professional associations within the information management profession
  • Current academic researchers,
  • University research students
  • Other information professionals and the wider sector

At an educators meeting called by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), as part of the evaluation of the new joint accreditation process, Dr Sigrid McCausland, Senior Lecturer, School of Information Studies, Charles Stuart University, suggested that it would be useful for researchers to have access to a research clearing house, that indicated what research was being conducted in the information management sector, rather than being library, archives or records specific.

Concurrently, ALIA Chief Executive Officer, Sue McKerracher, had informally discussed with the then ASA Vice President, Adelaide Parr the findings of a report commissioned by the ALIA research sub committee, about research that had been published in the preceding 10 years. There was a perceived lack of information about the coverage of research topics and, more importantly areas where research had not been undertaken that should/could be targeted for future ALIA funding.

It seemed logical to put these two things together and to establish a resource that would both provide access to information about previous research outputs and to provide a space where current research could be made visible to the wider information management community.

The AIMR project aims to establish and deliver:

  • An online source to provide information about research conducted and published in the information management sector, including articles within scholarly journals and current research projects. 
  • A mechanism/database solution for accessing this information via permalinks to a central source.

The project is still in a development phase, but it has already engaged a cross-section of the information management community in its development. Through the use of volunteers sourced primarily from students undertaking courses at accredited institutions, and led by team leaders, we have begun work on the thesaurus and data clean up. It is intended that, by the conference, there will be considerably more content and functionality developed.

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