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Dr Jane Garner is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Information & Communication Studies at Charles Sturt University, and an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow.

Jane received her PhD from RMIT University in 2017. She also holds a Bachelor of Business, Information and Library Management from RMIT University.

Prior to starting at CSU, Jane worked in the Information Management team at RMIT University, teaching into their Masters of Information Management program. Jane has also undertaken sessional roles in information studies schools at Monash University and CSU.

Before commencing her teaching roles, Jane worked as an academic librarian at the University of Melbourne. 

Research Interests

Current research focuses on the role of libraries, reading and information provision to disadvantaged communities, with a particular focus on incarcerated communities, and people experiencing homelessness and other outcomes of poverty.

Professional Information

Professional Engagement:

  • Associate, Australian Library and Information Association (AALIA)
  • International Federation of Library Associations & Institutions Standing Committee Member
  • Australasian Correctional Education Association Research Advisor
  • Peer review for various sector-related publications
  • Management of the ALIA Prison Libraries Interest Group

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Information Studies, PhD, Experiencing Australian prison libraries: a phenomenological study, RMIT University


Award Date: 18 Dec 2017

External positions

Chair - ALIA Prison Libraries Interest Group, The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)

2015 → …


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