Assoc Prof Hilary Hughes


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Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology), Master of Arts in Librarianship (University of Sheffield), BA(CombHons) (University of Birmingham)

Dr Hilary Hughes is Associate Professor  and Coordinator of Master of Education (Teacher-Librarianship) at  Faculty of Education, QUT. She has been a full-time academic at QUT since November 2004. Hilary is a passionate-educator researcher who promotes innovative practice that addresses the needs and contexts of contemporary learners. Her qualifications include:

  • PhD (QUT)
  • Master of Librarianship (University of Sheffield, UK)
  • BA Combined Honours in Spanish and Romance Linguistics (University of Birmingham, UK)
  • NAATI accredited translator (Spanish-English)
  • Cert IV Workplace training & Assessment (Northpoint Institute of TAFE, Brisbane).
  • AALIA (Associate of Australian Library and Information Association) 

Awards

  • 2010: Fulbright Scholar in Residence at University of Colorado, Denver
  • 2014, 2012, 2009, 2008: QUT Vice-Chancellor’s Performance Fund Award
  • 2013, 2012: QUT Education Faculty teaching award (individual) 
  • 2006: QUT Education Faculty teaching award (for an individual teacher who has shown personal development and outcomes through reflective practice in teaching)
  • 2006: QUT OLT innovative teaching award (nominated by students).

Research (ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5123-1552)
Hilary’s interdisciplinary research interests include:

  • Learning space design
  • School libraries and teacher-librarianship
  • International student experience
  • Information literacy and informed learning
  • Information experience

Hilary’s doctoral study (2009) about international students using online information led to her Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence award at Colorado University Denver, USA in 2010. Building on this work, she advances the theory and practice of inclusive informed learning through her research and teaching. Recognising the influence of environment on information use and learning, her related research explores the design of learning spaces, especially in school and academic libraries.
She has particular expertise in the following research methodologies:

  • Expanded critical incident technique (Hughes, 2012)
  • Qualitative case study
  • Qualitative interviewing
  • Thematic analysis

She is an active member of the following research groups at QUT:

  • Higher Education Research Network
  • Information Studies Research  Group

Professional experience
In her teaching and research Hilary draws upon professional experience as librarian and information literacy educator at:

  • Central Queensland University (Brisbane International Campus)
  • QUT
  • Education Queensland Corporate Library
  • Northpoint Institute of TAFE (Brisbane)
  • Glenden Town Library (Nebo Shire, Queensland)
  • Longlands College of Further Education (Middlesbrough, UK).

Additional information

In my teaching and research I draw upon extensive experience as information professional/librarian and information literacy educator, especially with international students and in culturally diverse higher education contexts.

Title
Fostering digital participation through Living Labs in regional and rural Australian communities
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP130100469
Start year
2014
Keywords
digital citizenship; rural & regional; digital literacy