Manager, Library Digital Infrastructure, Western Sydney University

Dr Jason Ensor works at the forefront of academic technologies. With nearly two decades in arts-humanities historical research and public-facing digital business, he has built a reputation for developing, supporting and fostering the innovative use of technology within higher education as both a method of inquiry and a means of dissemination. A highly productive professional and scholar, Jason is Manager, Library Digital Infrastructure, at Western Sydney University where he oversees numerous digital services across multiple campus libraries. Holding a Doctorate, a Masters and a Bachelors in arts-humanities fields (Australian Studies, Cultural Studies, Communication Studies), Jason is also ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) Foundations certified in IT Service Management, PRINCE2 (Projects in Controlled Environments) Foundations and Practitioner accredited in Project Management. and a 2018 graduate of the Western Sydney University Inspire Leadership program. He is currently completing a Diploma in Digital Information Management and accreditation in Business Analysis, Change Management, Lean Management of Risk, Lean Foundations and Managing Successful Projects.

In his research and technical positions, Jason provides management and technology expertise as well as enabling, developing and coordinating high-end digital infrastructure projects. Embracing core values that mix integrity with innovation, he has primary responsibility for designing and managing digital infrastructure, as well as frequently giving direct scholarly and methodological consultation for individual digital humanities research projects through their full life-cycle. Outside academia, Jason is an experienced business professional in web software development and print publishing. He is a distinguished speaker on research problems and digital solutions, presenting regularly in national and international forums.

Experience

  • 2017–present
    Manager, Library Digital Infrastructure, Western Sydney University
  • 2013–2017
    Research & Technical Development Manager, Western Sydney University
  • 2010–2013
    Technical Officer, Australian National University
  • 2011–2013
    ERA Submission Administrator, Murdoch University
  • 2008–2009
    University Associate, Curtin University

Education

  • 2011 
    Murdoch University, PhD
  • 2001 
    University of Queensland, MA in Australian Studies
  • 1995 
    University of Queensland, PGDip in Australian Studies
  • 1993 
    University of Queensland, BA

Publications

  • 2016
    Strategic publishing using Journal Finder, (with Robbins, S.) Victorian Association for Library Automation. Biennial Conference and Exhibition
  • 2016
    Mapping print, connecting cultures, (with Burrows, S., Ensor, J., Henningsgaard, P. and Hiribarren, V.) Library and Information History, vol 32, no 4 , pp 259 - 271
  • 2016
    Doctoral supervision in virtual spaces : a review of research of web-based tools to develop collaborative supervision, (with Dorit Maor) Higher Education Research & Development, vol 35, no 1 , pp 172 - 188
  • 2012
    Angus & Robertson and the British Trade in Australian Books, 1930-1970: The Getting of Bookselling Wisdom, Anthem Press, London, Delhi and New York
  • 2011
    Angus & Robertson and the Case of the Bombshell Salesman, Script & Print, vol. 35, no. 2, pp. 69-79.
  • 2010
    Still Waters Run Deep: Empirical Methods and the Migration Patterns of Regional Publishers ..., Antipodes, Brooklyn, New York: American Association of Australian Literary Studies, pp 197-208,
  • 2010
    A Policy of Splendid Isolation: Angus & Robertson, George G Harrap ..., Script & Print 34.1, Burwood, VIC: Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand, pp 34-42,
  • 2009
    Is a Picture Worth 10,175 Australian Novels?, Resourceful Reading: The New Empiricism, eResearch and Australian Literary Culture, SUP, pp 240-273,
  • 2009
    The Literary Novel and Australian Literary Cultures 1950-2008, (with Richard Nile) in The Cambridge History of Australian Literature, CUP, pp 517-548,
  • 2008
    Reprints, International Markets and Local Literary Taste: New Empiricism and Australian Literature, Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, pp 198-218,
  • 2007
    Other Contact Zones, (Iva Polak and Peter Van Der Merwe), Network Books, Perth,
  • 2000
    Futurestext, New Talents 21C: Journal of Australian Studies 63, UQP, pp 139-45,

Grants and Contracts

  • 2016
    Angus and Robertson Collection for Humanities and Education Research
    Role:
    CI-1
    Funding Source:
    Department of Education and Training, Australia
  • 2016
    Mapping Print, Charting Enlightenment
    Role:
    CI-2
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2015
    Developing a Sustainable Model for the Preservation of the 'Mutual Cultural Heritage' of Dutch who made Australia and New Zealand Home
    Role:
    CI-2
    Funding Source:
    Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Research Areas

  • Literary Studies (2005)
  • Cinema Studies (190201)
  • Communication And Media Studies (2001)
  • Media Studies (200104)
  • Communication Technology And Digital Media Studies (200102)
  • Cultural Studies (2002)
  • Historical Studies (2103)