VALA2022 Onsite Session 26 Cain

Creativity and cross-institutional collaboration in the DigiDex Community of Practice


Thursday 16 June 2022, 15:00 – 15:30

Kat Cain
  • Manager, Digital Literacy Programs
  • Deakin University Library, Geelong Waterfront
Karen Miller
  • Coordinator, Learning Success
  • Curtin University Library
Kristy Newton
  • Digital Literacies Coordinator
  • University of Wollongong Library

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Responding to industry need, the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) sector-wide approach to developing digital dexterity established a unique practitioner-led network and Community of Practice (CoP). This paper focuses on how a core-group (Digital Dexterity Champions) within the cross-institutional CoP has self-formed a flourishing learning culture that fosters creativity. We explore aspects underpinning the creative collaboration evident within the Champions culture. In sharing stories of creative library practice, we highlight the generative power of initiatives that nurture a sharing culture. We argue for the value of supporting cross-boundary spaces that enable individuals to work creatively together.


As a Digital Literacy Programs Manager, Kat Cain explores innovative digital teaching and learning initiatives for the Library division. Kat has a broad background in both academic and public library sectors but with an underpinning work focus on creativity, literacies, and learning. The other recurrent theme in Kat’s history is an interest in how technologies, people and learning weave together. Having been involved in Digital Dexterity work since 2018 has allowed Kat to bring all of these elements together.

Dr Karen Miller is the Learning Coordinator at Curtin University Library. Incorporating a ‘maker’ approach to learning and using both old and new technologies, she develops learning programs, interactive activities and resources designed to develop information literacy and digital dexterity. She helped establish the Curtin Library Makerspace and continues to play a role in its activities and development.

Kristy Newton is the Digital Literacies Coordinator at University of Wollongong (UOW) Library, and has a passion for supporting people to be autonomous, confident, and discerning in digital spaces. She works collaboratively with staff across the institution in the development of digital literacy support resources and services, as well as supporting UOW Library staff through a well-regarded Library Digital Dexterity program.

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