Leisa Gibbons has a Ph.D. from Monash University that examines and extends continuum approaches to exploring online cultural heritage. In 2015, Leisa was awarded the ACPHIS PhD Medal for this work by the Executive Board of the Australian Council of Professors and Heads of School in Information Systems (ACPHIS), as well as the Monash University Vice-Chancellor’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence.
Leisa currently works at Curtin University as a Lecturer in the Department of Information Studies in the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts. Leisa has been teaching archives in higher education since 2010 with adjunct and sessional experience at Monash University, RMIT University and Charles Sturt University. Between 2015 and 2017 Leisa worked as an Assistant Professor at Kent State University in Ohio in the School of Library and Information Science.
Leisa’s research explores the socio-technical formation of cultural heritage. She has a particular interest in use and implications of the use of technologies in memory-making and development of emergent archives. Leisa’s work primarily involves digital cultural heritage and social media, but she has a significant interest in community recordkeeping and archives and the intersection between use of social media, personal memory-making and community memory-making.
Leisa also has a Masters in Information Management & Systems from Monash University, and a Bachelor of Arts from University of Western Australia. She ran her own consultancy for five years in Melbourne (called Rhizome Digital) working with small and medium community and NFP organisations to develop recordkeeping and archives programs. She is an accredited Records Manager, Archivist & Librarian.
Leisa is a member of the Australian Society of Archivists.