LIM/ARM Program Development Group

Computer and information science is a fast-changing field. Technology, the nature of information that circulates in our world and industry demands all evolve rapidly.

Our LIM/ARM Program Development Group meets twice yearly to ensure the School’s Library and Information Management (LIM) and Archives and Records Management (ARM) programs continue to grow and adapt. 

Group members are drawn from across the School, the Division, the UniSA Library, external libraries and record-management institutions and wider industry. A brief biography of our members, including capabilities and interests, is provided below.

If you feel you could contribute to this group, please contact Frances Schantl, Executive Officer.  

Group members

Associate Professor Brenton Dansie, Head of School 
Dr Nina Evans, Associate Head of School 
Dr Anthony Sobey, Associate Head of School: Academic Programs 
Dr Diane Velasquez, LIM/ARM Program Director
Mr Shane Cathcart, Associate Director of Library Services, State Library 
Mr Geoff Strempel, Public Library Services of South Australia
Mr Sanjeev Gupta, Chief Information Officer, HCF Australia
Mr Simon Froude, State Records of South Australia
Ms Heather Brown, State Library of South Australia
Dr Jo Hanisch, National Archives of Australia
Mr David Horne, Airservices Australia
Ms Lesley Brideson, Linden Park Schools
Mrs Catherine Barnes, Teacher/Librarian, Endeavour College
Ms Jeanine Hooper, TafeSA
Ms Pru Mitchell,
Mr James Price, Experience Matters 
Ms Frances Schantl, Executive Officer  

Associate Professor Brenton Dansie

Associate Professor Brenton Dansie is the head of the School of Information Technology & Mathematical Sciences in the Division of Information Technology, Engineering & the Environment at the University of South Australia. 

Dr Nina Evans

Dr Nina Evans has spent many years in Higher Education in positions including Senior Lecturer, Head of Department and Vice Dean. In 2007 Nina was a Senior Lecturer at the University of South Australia, Centre for Regional Engagement, Business and Regional Enterprise Unit.

Currently she is the Associate Head of School responsible for Teaching and Learning in the School of Information Technology & Mathematical Sciences, where she is responsible for the quality of teaching, enhancing the student experience, improved learning through experiential learning, the teaching-research nexus and service learning.

Recently she has been teaching in the areas of IT leadership, business information systems, management, knowledge management and e-business. She holds tertiary qualifications in chemical engineering, education and computer science, a Masters in Information Technology, an MBA and a PhD in organisational behaviour.

Nina is an associate of a management consulting group and trained facilitator of their Executive Leadership Program. Nina believes that technology is not only about technology, it's also about people, and her research focus and career path has therefore progressed towards a business and human-focused approach to technology. Her major fields of research interest are the promotion of fusion of the business-ICT interface and her research focuses on the business-IT expectation gap between the business client and technology expert, as well as the university-industry expectation gap, between the business world and academic institutions that are expected to produce graduates with the applicable knowledge, skills and attributes.

She has been involved in diverse research projects in the fields of ICT education, personal and professional skills in the world of ICT, technology for business enhancement, women in ICT, knowledge management and corporate social responsibility. She has published in a number of international journals and delivered presentations at numerous international conferences.

Dr Anthony Sobey

Anthony Sobey is the Associate Head of School: Academic Programs within the School of Information Technology & Mathematical Sciences. Tony provides advice regarding the possibilities of development and changes within the University structure and processes and oversees required processes for program amendments.

Dr Diane Velasquez

Diane Velasquez is the Program Director for the postgraduate Library and Information Management and the Business Information Management programs.  Diane is a lecturer and researcher in information management in the School of Information Technology & Mathematical Sciences.

Diane has spent the last seven years lecturing postgraduates in library and information science in management topics.  This follows a previous management career in many different corporations in the United States including Pacific Bell, Frito-Lay, Inc., and Pulte Homes.  Diane holds degrees in Political Science from San Jose State University, Masters of Business Administration in Management from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, California, Library Resources and Information Management from the University of Arizona, and a PhD in Library and Information Science from the University of Missouri.

Diane has published numerous scholarly articles, conference papers, and an edited book.  Her research interests include advocacy and funding of public libraries, e-government, feminist theory and its application to libraries, and organisational behaviour. 

Mr Shane Cathcart


Mr Geoff Strempel

Geoff Strempel is currently the Acting Associate Director, State Library of South Australia, Department of the Premier and Cabinet. In this role he is responsible for providing leadership, support and services to the State’s 130+ public libraries including the provision of over $5 million of public library materials and free public internet access.

Prior to working in this role Geoff was Manager, Libraries and Arts for the City of Onkaparinga, and has also worked in special and school libraries.

He is currently studying a Masters in Public Administration, and in his spare time he serves on committees for a range of professionally related groups, such as being a member of the Libraries Australia Consultative Committee, and as deputy chair of Electronic Resources Australia (ERA) and Public Libraries Australia.

Mr Sanjeev Gupta

Sanjeev Gupta is currently the Head of Technology and Projects at Wesfarmers General Insurance Limited. In this role, he is responsible for the corporate strategy and successful implementation of strategic initiatives for Australia's fifth largest general insurance company.

Prior to working in this role, Sanjeev was National Business Manager for Fuji Xerox Global Services, providing outsourced solutions to improve business processes across the financial services sector.

Sanjeev is well recognised as an industry thought leader and has presented at a range of industry conferences including the CIO forum, Shared Services Summit, Banking Back Office Conference and Finance & Accounting Outsourcing Conference.

Sanjeev has completed his Masters in Business Administration, is a keen reader, and plays golf and chess to maintain a healthy body and mind.

Mr Simon Froude

Simon Froude is Manager, Records Management Services with State Records of South Australia. With over 10 years experience in the government information management environment, Simon is responsible for a number of broad objectives relating to records and information management. His focus over recent years has been to further develop key strategic programs relating to education, governance and consultancy, with a view to assisting and enabling organisations bring real benefits through the management of their corporate information assets.

The changing technological environment and the importance for State Records to partner with key stakeholders such as the Office of the Chief Information Officer have defined Simon’s role. He sees his key challenges as ensuring that organisations understand the power of the information they hold and to provide solutions that are flexible enough to respond to this rapidly changing world. He believes in a government working for the people and supports the use of information, through improved access, as a way of connecting with citizens.

Simon is father to his young son, Ethan, who just about runs his life, and enjoys the challenges of keeping up with such a bundle of energy. Simon is married to Lian who does an amazing job looking after both her boys.

Ms Heather Brown

Heather Brown is employed by the State Library of South Australia, one of the industry partners of the Business and Library Information Management programs. Heather Brown is the Library's Project Officer, supporting the programs by developing, delivering and coordinating a number of key courses.

Heather is also currently Assistant Director of Paper and Books in Artlab Australia, one of Australia's major conservation organisations, and formerly Preservation Manager at the State Library. With a broad background in librarianship and vocational education, she has taught in the university and TAFE sectors in aspects of librarianship and preservation for over twenty years. She has developed and delivered preservation sessions and training workshops in Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore and India, and has a strong interest in preservation issues within the Asian region.

Working with a team of State Library staff and other specialists, Heather is responsible for coordinating the following courses that are taught on-site using the State Library facilities: Managing Resources, Accessing Resources, Digital Preservation and Archival Management. Colleague Annette Mills coordinates the course Accessing Resources. Heather has been instrumental in ensuring that the State Library team develops relevant and up-to-date courses that embed students' learning through practical application in 'real life' industry experiences.

In 2010 Heather commenced a PhD at the University of South Australia.

Dr Jo Hanisch


Mr David Horne

David Horne is the Team Leader: Records Management/Shared Services at Airservices Australia, Canberra and is an accomplished records manager with expert knowledge in records and document management. His background and experience includes designing and implementing an Australia-wide records and document management system, corporate intranet/internet development to support Enterprise Content Management Systems (ECMS), providing specialist information management advice, risk mitigation, and business continuity strategies to support disaster recovery plans for document and records management. David has also served as the NSW Secretary of the Records Management Association of Australia

Ms Lesley Brideson

Lesley Brideson has held the positions of manager and teacher in four libraries. Currently Lesley is a teacher/librarian at Linden Park Schools which is an International Baccalaureate school. In 2009 she was President of the School Library Association of South Australia. Her qualifications include a Diploma of Teaching, Graduate Diploma of Teacher Librarianship, and Bachelor of Arts.

Mrs Catherine Barnes


Ms Jeanine Hooper


Ms Pru Mitchell

Pru Mitchell, B.Ed, Grad Dip Lib & Inf Sc, M.Ed, Grad Cert Sch Mgt

Employed since 2002 as Senior Education Officer at and Weekend Librarian at the University of Adelaide, Pru is an education librarian with experience in K-12 school libraries, TAFE and university libraries.  Pru is an associate member of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and Vice-President of the School Library Association of South Australia (SLASA)

Her major areas of expertise include: ICT in education; online communities; professional standards and delivery of professional learning. 

Mr James Price

James Price is Experience Matters Founder and Managing Director.

James's key skills and experience are in:

  • Enterprise and business management, including strategic planning and governance.
  • Financial management, including funding, planning and budgeting and operations.
  • Marketing and sales management, including planning, client liaison, contract negotiation and relationship management.
  • People management, including culture development and maintenance, resource management, motivation, remuneration and personnel development.
  • Research and development, including product development and commercialisation.
  • Information and knowledge management, including the management of data, documents, content and knowledge for compliance, risk management, productivity and organisation learning.
  • Administration, supply and operations management, including the development of policies, procedures, practices and infrastructure.

Ms Frances Schantl

Acting Associate Director, State Library of South Australia

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