Dana McKay: CV

Curriculum Vitae

My career has been made up of a series of wonderful serendipities that have allowed me to focus on how people find, manage and use information. Some highlighs of this are below; For a full up-to-date CV please email me.


PhD in Computing and Information Systems, to be awarded 25 July 2019. Thesis title Down the Superhighway in a Single Tome: Understanding information browsing and how to support it online. My PhD was completed over 5 years, only 18 months of which were full time.

Current Role

I have two current roles in the School of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne. F

  • Research Assistant This role is industry funded; I was a co-applicant for one of the funding packages. I am working on two information interaction focused projects with industry partners.
  • Senior tutor In this role I am subject coordinator for two core masters subjects, one in information systems and one across the School. Between these subjects I have responsibility for over 300 students.

Before this role I spent 10 years working as a UX professional in an academic library making information systems easier to use for university students and staff. This role did not involve publishing as part of my job, but I ran a program of research anyway. It was this research that led me back to academia for my PhD.


For a complete list of my publications, please see my Google Scholar profile. You may find an earworm; I like to use song lyrics for my paper titles. The five publications of which I am proudest as at May 2019 are:

  • McKay, D. Chang, S., Smith, W. and Buchanan, G. (2019) “The Things We Talk About When We Talk About Browsing: An Empirical Typology of Library Browsing Behavior” Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, DOI: 10.1002/asi.24200
  • Buchanan, G. and McKay, D. (2017) “The Lowest Form of Flattery: Characterising Text Re-Use and Plagiarism Patterns in a Digital Library Corpus”, ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL), June 19-23, IEEE 1-10 DOI: 10.1109/JCDL.2017.7991570
  • McKay, D., W. Smith and S. Chang (2014). "Lend Me Some Sugar: Borrowing Rates of Neighbouring Books as Evidence for Browsing." ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) Septemer 14-18, IEEE, 145-154. (Best International paper) DOI: 10.1109/JCDL.2014.6970161
  • Hinze, A., D. McKay, N. Vanderschantz, C. Timpany and S. J. Cunningham (2012). "Book Selection Behavior in the Physical Library: Implications for Ebook Collections." ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL), June 10-14, ACM, 305-314 DOI: 10.1145/2232817.2232874
  • McKay, D., S. Sanchez and R. Parker (2010). "What's My Name Again?: Sociotechnical Considerations for Author Name Management in Research Databases." Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference (OZCHI) November 22-26, ACM, 240-247. (Best paper) DOI:10.1145/1952222.1952274

Research Funding

All funding is reported in Australian dollars, and doesn't include ongoing and confidential projects

  • $10,000 Google PhD fellowship in HCI (one of only 4 awarded in 2016)
  • $5,000 as the industry liaison on a LiSRA RADAR grant (2017)
  • $2,509 as a visiting researcher stipend to City University London (2015)
  • $637 as a visiting researcher stipend to University of Waikato in Hamilton New Zealand (2012)


  • Honourable mention, CHIIR 2017 for "Slide Over Here: The Various Adjacencies of Co-borrowed Ebooks." DOI: 10.1145/3020165.3022159
  • Best International Paper, JCDL 2014 for "Lend Me Some Sugar: Borrowing Rates of Neighbouring Books as Evidence for Browsing." DOI: 10.1109/JCDL.2014.6970161
  • Best Paper, OzCHI 2010 for "What's My Name Again?: Sociotechnical Considerations for Author Name Management in Research Databases." DOI:10.1145/1952222.1952274

Selected Invited Talks

The most manic of these were the two talks in 48 hours on opposite sides of the planet: the Women's Day talk at Melbourne Museum, and the talk at Aalto. I have been deeply fortunate to speak in five countries, and to a range of professional associations; each talk has brought out new ideas and thinking in my research.

  • ‘Don’t Forget to Be the Way You Are: On Researcher Identity’: School of Design, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland, March 2019
  • ‘This Pedestal Is High and I am Afraid of Heights: We All Balance Better on the Ground’, International Women’s Day Address, March 2019
  • ‘Don’t You Forget About Me: Information Seeking Beyond Search’: iSchool, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada June 2017
  • ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For: Research Tales from an Academic Library’. CRIG Seminar Keynote, Melbourne, December 2016
  • 'Lend Me Some Sugar', The Information Retrieval General Reading Group, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia, October 2014
  • Physical, Digital, Interactive, Human: More Tales from an Academic Library', Centre for HCI Design, City University London, UK March 2014.

Academic Service

  • Doctoral Consortium Chair, OzCHI 2019
  • Programme Chair, OzCHI 2018
  • Secretary, HFESA CHISIG 2012-
  • Workshops and Tutorials co-chair, OzCHI 2011-2015, 2017
  • Conference reviewer OZCHI 2011-,JCDL 2014-, TPDL 2012-, CHIIR 2016-, iConference 2012, 2016, ASIS&T 2018-, CHI 2018-, MobileHCI 2019, UbiComp 2019
  • Journal Reviewer International Journal of Digital Libraries, IP&M, PLoS One

Career Curiosities

  • I speak fluent Finnish as a result of a student exchange and considerable subequent travel. At conferences I can be found looking for people with whom I can practice
  • I can read some MARC as a result of analysing library circulation data for my PhD
  • I have written two date extraction systems in Perl, one for data crosswalking in MARC, and one for historical dates
  • In my undergrad days I wrote a multitasking kernel and a prolog theorem prover in a single year