Joyce Kirk

Joyce Kirk BA DipEd MLitt MA(Lib) FALIA

Fellowship conferred 1996

A highly-regarded professional, Associate Professor Joyce Kirk has made an outstanding contribution to the field of library and information studies as a writer, researcher and consultant. Her career is distinguished by a commitment to the profession and to its practitioners. Joyce has been noteworthy for her sustained contribution towards the aims of the Association.

After working for some five years in the New South Wales Government's high-school sector, Joyce Kirk commenced her academic career in the College of Advanced Education sector in 1971, and in 1986 accepted a position in the Department of Information Studies at the (then) Kuring-gai College of Advanced Education. Soon after the College amalgamated with the University of Technology, Sydney, Joyce was appointed Associate Professor and Head of the School of Information Studies. She is currently Associate Dean (Coursework Programs) of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Joyce has been deeply-involved in teaching and course development throughout her academic career and has made a clear educational philosophy explicit in all of her work. She is committed to fostering students' self-directed learning within environments which enhance professional, personal and technical knowledge and skills and support risk-taking in learning. Joyce has revolutionised thinking about the ways in which the links between theory and practice can be appropriately-clarified for the benefit of students to enable them to most-effectively learn in the workplace. A clearly-articulated philosophy has also underpinned Joyce's achievements in course development and review at the University of Technology, Sydney, where she is responsible for the review and oversight of a wide range of faculty courses from Graduate Certificate to Master Degree level. In her portfolio as Associate Dean (Coursework Programs), Joyce has provided the highest level of leadership and had a major impact on the structure and delivery of courses in information communication and the broader social sciences.

As a long-standing member, Joyce has contributed at many levels to the aims of the Association. One of her most valuable contributions has been through her membership of the Board of Education. During two three-year terms, one as deputy chair, Joyce contributed ideas and input to such areas as course recognition procedures and other policy and procedures documents. She represented the Board on a number of projects such as the development of a national curriculum for TAFE, the formulation of the Association's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment strategy and the discussions on converging technologies by the National Board of Employment, Education and Training's Employment and Skills Formation Council. In all of these activities, the Association was confident that Joyce represented it with distinction and enhanced the standing of the Association as an authoritative body with the knowledge and ability to contribute to public policy formation.

A prolific author, Joyce has made a substantial contribution to the literature in the field of library and information science. She has focused on several topics, including information use, where she has been exploring the implications of different paradigms in the field for the design and development of information systems and services. Her work on Education for information practice demonstrates Joyce's commitment to the concept of the 'reflective practitioner'. Joyce has presented papers at a large number of conferences; proof of the peer recognition accorded her work and the generosity with which she shares her ideas with professional colleagues.

Joyce has undertaken a number of noteworthy consultancies in the library and information science field. One was the Learning and Information Needs of Schools (LINOS) project where, with her colleagues, she engaged in extensive Australia-wide consultations with a wide range of representatives from government, educational organisations and professional groups. The outcome of the project was encapsulated in guidelines for library and information services in schools and proved useful for many individual schools in Australia and overseas, as well as being adopted as policy by the New South Wales Department of School Education. Another important consultancy involved Joyce as the senior field worker and major author of a report on the extent to which major Australian collecting institutions reflect cultural diversity in their collecting policies. The guidelines incorporated in this report were adapted as government policy. Joyce also made a major contribution to a project on cultural industries and new technologies, with recommendations from this report incorporated in the Federal Government's Creative Nation policy.

Having the distinction of chairing the Academic Board of the University of Technology, Sydney, is evidence of the respect that Joyce commands as an academic and the credit she brings to the field and profession of library and information science.

In bestowing the distinction of Fellow of the Australian Library and Information Association on Joyce Kirk, the Association recognises the merit which Joyce has brought to library and information services through her valued services to the profession, her dedication to the aims of the Association and her significant contribution to the development of the profession in Australia.