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:
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:
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