Hidden Heritage

Preserving, presenting, and reusing personal collections

School of Information Management, Victoria University of Wellington



Our research team consists of four academic staff from Victoria University of Wellington's School of Information Management, and additional research assistants.




Dr Maja Krtalić

Dr Maja Krtalić

BA/MA Osijek, MSc Zagreb, PhD Zadar

Maja is a Senior Lecturer in Information Studies and has been Acting Deputy Head of School for 2019. Before joining the School of Information Management in 2017, she worked as an assistant professor at the Department of Information Sciences, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Osijek, Croatia. During that period, Maja's research and teaching activities focused on the library and archives management with specific emphasis on preservation of cultural heritage. She was a team member of several national and international scientific projects, a member of the organising committee of the Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA) international conference, and an executive editor of Libellarium: Journal for the History of Writing, Books and Memory Institutions. Areas of Maja's current research interests are managing the preservation, presentation and use of cultural heritage, in both physical and digital environments and information behaviour and personal information management.

maja.krtalic@vuw.ac.nz - VUW staff profile




Dr Jesse Dinneen

Dr Jesse Dinneen

BA UMass, MA King's College, MLIS PhD McGill

Jesse is a Senior Lecturer teaching in both Information Studies and Information Systems. His current research interests include (a) AI ethics, especially in information services, and (b) human-computer interaction, especially information organisation and retrieval. He is a section editor for Open Information Science, an officer on the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) special interest group on the History and Foundations of Information Science (SIG HFIS), and has served as a guest editor, reviewer, and organiser for ACM CHI, Education for Information, and the Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS). His work has been presented in international journals and conferences and recognised by ASIS&T and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). He was previously a Richard H. Tomlinson Doctoral Fellow at McGill University.

jesse.dinneen@vuw.ac.nz - VUW staff profile




Prof Anne Goulding

Prof Anne Goulding

BA(Hons) Leeds, MA PhD Sheffield

Anne is Professor of Library and Information Management. She has served three years as the Chair of the School’s Research Degrees Committee and is currently the Acting Director of the MIS programme for 6 months. Anne is Editor of The Journal of Librarianship and Information Science which is one of the foremost journals in the librarianship field. She has published widely in refereed journals and edited works and has given conference presentations on the topic of public library services. Her research interests lie primarily in the area of the management of library and information services and her main focus is on the management of public libraries. She has a particular interest in how library and information services demonstrate the impact of their programmes and services. In recent years, Anne has undertaken research into storytime programmes in public libraries and how they contribute to community-based print and digital literacy. She also has an interest in teaching and learning in the information studies field, including the continuing professional development of librarians and information workers.

anne.goulding@vuw.ac.nz - VUW staff profile




Dr Chern Li Liew

AProf Chern Li Liew

BA(Hons) Brighton, MSc Loughborough, PhD Nanyang

Chern Li is an Associate Professor in Information Studies. She was the Director of the School’s Research Degrees Programme from Nov 2017 to Jun 2019. She serves on the Editorial Advisory Boards of Online Information Review, International Journal of Digital Library Systems and The Electronic Journal of Information Systems Evaluation. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the International Conference on Asia-Pacific (Asian) Digital Libraries. She is also a member of the New Zealand Open Polytechnic Information and Library Studies Advisory Committee. Chern Li is a Visiting Foreign Research Fellow (Gaikokujin Kenkyuin) of University of Tsukuba (Japan). Chern Li's research interests are centred around the social studies of information, with a focus on users and impact. Her research on digital heritage investigates the potential of participatory culture and participatory governance for curating, preserving and enriching documentary heritage and cultural information services. She is interested in evidence-based information management policies and practices that support sustainable social cohesion.

chernli.liew@vuw.ac.nz - VUW staff profile




Rachel Bell

Rachel Bell

BDes Unitec, MDes Unitec

Rachel is a current student in the Master of Information Studies programme at Victoria University of Wellington, specializing in archives and records management. Rachel has a background in jewellery design and the arts, and endeavors to bring an eye for detail to her work. She is establishing the topic for her final research project, and has a current interest in information services to rural communities, how individuals manage their personal information and notions of professional identity amongst archivists.




Lee Harper

Lee Harper

BCA(Hons) Dip. Art Craft & Design Tasmania

Lee is a project research assistant based in the South Island, NZ. Before joining the School of Information Management, Lee worked as a private researcher and a personal & executive support officer in government agencies and private organisations. Currently, her skills in arts administration (Cert. Arts Administration) communications and community engagement (Cert. Business Admin-Com. Engagement) extends to local Canterbury groups. Lee is a contemporary arts practitioner who completed her Bachelor of Contemporary Arts with first class honours from the University of Tasmania, Australia in 2011.Lee has an interest in quilt makers ‘storing’ family stories, memories and meanings in their works.




Jwen Fai Low

Jwen Fai Low

BS Wichita State, MS Masdar Institute

Low is a PhD student at the School of Information Studies at McGill University, Canada, where his dissertation examines cooperation and competition between autonomous agents. Low contributes software development to the project, the source code of which is shared on Github.