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Dr Nicole Johnston


Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5121, Mobile: 0746123475, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO18.309
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5121
Mobile: 0746123475
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO18.309  


Nicole is a Lecturer in Information Science in the School of Science. Nicole is a course coordinator for the Graduate Diploma and Masters of Information Science programs.

Current Teaching
IST5141 Information Literacy

IST5133 Information Resources and Services

Unit Coordinator
IST5134 Information Organisation
IST5135 Information Services Management
IST5146 Evidence, Memory and Record Keeping

IST3131 Information Policies


Prior to commencing at ECU, Nicole was previously a Lecturer of Library and Information Studies at University College London in Qatar and has been a librarian in several positions in the UAE, Australia and Ireland. 

Professional Associations

Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)

Awards and Recognition

2015 – Qatar National Research Framework (QNRF) Conference & Workshop Sponsorship Program (CWSP) - Research based practice in libraries.
2015 -  Laureate Online Education, B.V: Research Grant for Innovation in Online Education - Online faculty member experiences of open access.
2014 – University College London Teaching and Learning Development Grant – Using LectureCast to flip the classroom for diverse groups of students.
2007 - Ray Choate Australia Library and Information Association (ALIA) Scholarship. Implementing an Instant Messaging reference service in a regional university library. 

1999 - Research Grant - NSW Department of Sport & Recreation - Research project on women in management in NSW sporting organizations.

Research Areas and Interests
Information literacy

Information behaviour


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Queensland University of Technology, 2014.
  • Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Studies, Queensland University of Technology, 2003.


Recent Research Grants

  • Print versus digital reading behaviours of university students,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2017,  2017 - 2018,  $29,300.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Johnston, N., Salaz, A., (2018), Faculty Members Who Teach Online: A Phenomenographic Typology of Open Access Experiences. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 44(1), 125-132.
  • Johnston, N., Karafotias, T., (2016), Flipping the Classroom to Meet the Diverse Learning Needs of Library and Information Studies (LIS) Students. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 57(3), 226-238, Association for Library and Information Science Education, DOI: 10.12783/issn.2328-2967/57/3/1.
  • Johnston, N., Williams, R., (2015), Skills and knowledge needs assessment of current and future library professionals in the state of Qatar. Library Management, 36(1/2), 86-98, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/LM-10-2014-0120.
  • Johnston, N., Marsh, S., (2014), Using iBooks and iPad apps to embed information literacy into an EFL foundations course. New Library World: charting new developments, 115(1/2), 51-60, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/NLW-09-2013-0071.
  • Johnston, N., Partridge, H., Hughes, H., (2014), Understanding the information literacy experiences of EFL (English as a foreign language) students. Reference Services Review: reference and instructional services for libraries in the digital age, 42(4), 552-568, Emerald Group Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.1108/RSR-05-2014-0015.
  • Johnston, N., Salaz, A., O'Connell, R., (2013), Determining usability of VuFind for users in the United Arab Emirates. The Code4Lib Journal, 2013(19), online, United States, The Code4Lib Journal.

Conference Publications

  • Johnston, N., Houlihan, M., Neindorf, J., (2018), International Students’ Expectations of Information Literacy Instruction. Information Literacy in the Workplace. ECIL 2017, CCIS 810(18-21 Sep, 2017), 0-0, Springer, Cham, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-74334-9_74.
  • Johnston, N., Salaz, A., (2018), Print versus digital preferences of university students in Australia..
  • Johnston, N., Salaz, A., (2017), Using phenomenography to bridge the gap between research and practice: a meta-analysis of three phenomenographic studies. Proceedings of RAILS - Research Applications, Information and Library Studies, 2016, 22(6-8 December, 2016), Article Number: 1614 , Sweden, University of Boras.
  • Johnston, N., Salaz, A., Alsabbagh, L., (2016), Print and Digital Reading Preferences and Behaviors of University Students in Qatar. Information Literacy: Key to an Inclusive Society, Communications in Computer and Information Science, 676(10-13 Oct, 2016), 247-255, Cham, Switzerland, Springer International Publishing, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-52162-6_24.
  • Johnston, N., Mavodza, J., Jirjees, JM., (2015), Exploring the extent to which English LIS Masters programs in the UAE and Qatar meet the skills and knowledge needs of employers in the library and information studies field. Proceedings of the IFLA Annual Congress, 1-12, Online, International Federation of Library Association World Library and Information Congress.
  • Martin, J., Johnston, N., Guilmartin, L., Williams, J., (2015), Sustainable and effective professional development for diverse libraries: Current status and best practice. Proceedings of the IFLA Annual Congress, 1-7, Online, International Federation of Library Association World Library and Information Congress.
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