Kat Cain

Kat Cain

Learning Experience Designer • Creative Innovator • Library Leader

Deakin University

A little about me

Hi, I’m Kat. Glad to see you here! I’m a people-focused leader, a learning experience designer and a tech enthusiast. I have a broad background in both academic and public library sectors but with an underpinning work focus on literacies, learning and digital affordances. In fact, a motivating interest for me is how technologies impact people and how people shape technology in turn.

My work is currently focused on researching the intersection of digital capabilities with study, work, and life contexts. As Manager, Digital Literacy Programs, I’m tasked with identifying and leading innovative digital teaching and learning initiatives for Deakin Library. The exploratory and inherently collaborative nature of this role is an amazing fit for my preferred work style.

Download my resumé .

  • Emerging technologies
  • Lifelong learning and digital fluencies
  • Human-technology intersectionality
  • Visual culture
  • Grad Diploma of Psychological Science, 2020

    Deakin University

  • Grad Diploma of Information & Knowledge Management, 2010

    Monash University

  • Masters of Arts (Visual Culture), 2008

    Monash University


Transformative leadership
Co-design and collaboration
Creative innovation
Learning experience design
Enabling partnerships
Project management


Deakin University Library
Manager, Digital Literacy Programs
Deakin University Library
Jul 2018 – Present Waurn Ponds Campus
  • Provide leadership and vision for the design, development and implementation of the University Library’s learning experiences and digital fluency initiatives
  • Support and advocate for digital fluency deliverables in learning experiences by working divisionally, cross-divisionally and with Universities’ partners
  • Manage the development and implementation of pedagogically sound development programs, learning activities and digital artefacts for cohorts including students, library professionals, faculty and University divisional staff
  • Ensure implementation of all policies that relate to positional responsibilities, in particular equal opportunity, staff development, staff performance planning and review
Deakin University Library
Learning Designer
Deakin University Library
Jun 2017 – Jul 2018 Waurn Ponds campus
  • Coordinate the design and development of digital literacy programs and teaching resources using pedagogically sound learning models to engage and capacity build
  • Analyse, review, and advise on the alignment of digital literacy capabilities with identified learning outcomes in course and unit curricula
  • Communicate and capability build both digital literacy and digital scholarship understanding within the Deakin community
  • Communicate and collaborate with diverse teams in the design of educational approaches and resources supporting digital literacy global learning outcomes
  • Apply evaluation methods for monitoring the development of targeted online learning resources and activities that support learning and teaching of digital literacy
Deakin University Library
Liaison Librarian - Faculty of Health
Deakin University Library
Mar 2017 – Jun 2017 Waurn Ponds campus
  • Initiate, build and sustain strategic liaison with diverse range of stakeholders both inside and outside the University to provide professional support
  • Distil the core issues from complex information, draw accurate conclusions and condense complex information/next steps into simple, concise understandable terms
  • Cross-campus team leadership in the design, delivery, and evaluation of digital literacy programs to meet digital, physically located and integrated learning experiences
  • Develop and maintain digital content, incorporating new and emerging technologies, as part of wider digital literacy learning materials delivery
  • Collaborate in the development of Library collections to strengthen existing and emerging collections of research excellence and resources for school focused teaching
Hobsons Bay City Council - Library
Learning Liaison Coordinator
Hobsons Bay City Council - Library
Feb 2016 – Mar 2017 Altona North
  • Actively encourage and coach teams to question traditional assumptions, promotes ideas and review practices and policies and translate into workplace improvements
  • Lead with values, ethics and emotional intelligence to grow team resilience, inclusion and performance. Set clear behavioural standards, rewarding outstanding performance
  • Conceptualise and coordinate learning programs (pertaining to children, youth and families) across community spaces in alignment with Council strategies and funding
  • Provide advocacy for and positive leadership of the Children & Youth team, including mentoring, training and performance review
  • As part of Library leadership team lead and plan the integration of technology and digital resources into children, youth, and family services
  • Proactively establish professional networks with diverse range of stakeholders both internal and external of the Council, including industry bodies
  • Planning and development responsibilities including ongoing analysis of usage data and trends to ensure continuous improvement and the effective use of resources

Recent Publications

(2023). Supporting digital dexterity in academic library communities across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand (forthcoming). Libraries empowering society through digital literacy.

(2022). OER Commons: a game of snakes and ladders for the Library profession. VALA 2022: Bring IT On! Proceedings of the 21st Biennial Conference and Exhibition.

(2022).  Creativity and cross-institutional collaboration in the DigiDex Community of Practice. VALA 2022: Bring IT On! Proceedings of the 21st Biennial Conference and Exhibition.

(2021). Peopling the technology: Designing for successful student transition. STARS Students Transitions Achievement Retention & Success Conference Proceedings.

(2020).  A league of champions: Building staff digital dexterity. VALA 2020: Focus on the Future Proceedings of the 20th Biennial Conference and Exhibition.