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Personal profile

Dr Jane Garner is a Lecturer in the School of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University.

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. She has also held roles at the Noah’s Ark Toy Library for Children with Disabilities.

Research Interests

Current research focuses on the role of libraries, reading and information provision to disadvantaged and underserved communities, with a particular focus on incarcerated communities.

Professional Information

Professional Engagement:

  • Associate, Australian Library and Information Association (AALIA)
  • Peer review for various sector-related publications
  • Management of the ALIA Prison Libraries Interest Group

Education/Academic qualification

Information Studies, PhD, RMIT University


Award Date: 18 Dec 2017

External positions

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

2015 → …

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Research Output

  • Experiencing time in prison: The influence of books, libraries and reading

    Garner, J., 25 Mar 2020, In : Journal of Documentation. 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Reading in Australian prisons: An exploration of motivation

    Garner, J. & Carroll, M., 30 Apr 2020, The Edinburgh history of reading. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press

    Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperChapter (peer-reviewed)

    "A little happy place": How libraries support prisoner well being

    Garner, J., 28 Oct 2019, In : Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association. 68, 4, p. 343-355 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Digital equity: Not just an ‘add on’ but business as usual

    Willems, J., Farley, H., Freund, K., Britten, D., Tickner, S., Tucker, S., Garner, J., Campbell, C., Stejar, L., Hinze, M., Hartnett, M., Datt, A. & Nolton, M., 2018, Open Oceans: Learning without borders. Proceedings ASCILITE 2018 Geelong. ASCILITE, p. 565 567 p.

    Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperConference paper

  • Activities

    International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) (External organisation)

    Jane Garner (Member)

    2020 → …

    Activity: Membership Membership of networks of excellenceIndustry

    Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (Journal)

    Jane Garner (Reviewer)

    2019 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer review responsibility, including review panel or committee

    University of South Carolina

    Jane Garner (Visiting researcher)

    29 Oct 201904 Nov 2019

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external organisationAcademic

    Research Applications in Information and Library Studies (RAILS) Seminar

    Jane Garner (Participant)


    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConference/SymposiumIndustry

    Advisor to Risdon Prison and Libraries Tasmania

    Jane Garner (Participant)

    08 Nov 2019 → …

    Activity: Academic engagement & professional developmentExpert/advisor

    Press / Media

    Public Libraries and COVID-19

    Jane Garner


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    cardiCast Episode 41 - Dr Jane Garner

    Jane Garner


    1 Media contribution

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    Reading connects prisoners to the people they love

    Jane Garner


    1 Media contribution

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    Escaping with a good book: the value of libraries in Australian jails

    Jane Garner


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Press / Media