Leisa Gibbons has a Ph.D. from Monash University that examines and extends continuum approaches to exploring online cultural heritage. 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).
In August 2015, she moved to Kent State University in Ohio to take up a position in the School of Library and Information Science. Previous to this Leisa worked as an adjunct teacher at Monash University, RMIT University and Charles Sturt University between 2010 – 2015.
Leisa’s research explores theory about how cultural heritage is formed and 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 mostly in relation to 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 to medium community and NFP organisations to develop recordkeeping and archives programs until her move to the US. She is an accredited Records Manager, Archivist & Librarian.