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Library and Information Science Research

Research is the scholarly component of School of Library and Information Science faculty.  We have been highly productive in the past two years, receiving more than $1 million in external research and development grants.  As a result, our publications and presentations are having impact on the profession.

Health Communication

Health information access has long been a research topic for the faculty and students in our school.  Several examples of subject areas covered are health information literacy, consumer health information seeking and use, evidence-based health information access, and social media and health information access.  Recent scholarly works published by the faculty involve the investigation of how social media has influenced health information access and the use of graphic novels to disseminate information regarding AIDS to teenagers.  We have partnered with the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and the Arnold School of Public Health’s Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behaviors to create and administer a Certificate of Graduate Study in Health Communication program.

Cultural Heritage Informatics

Cultural Heritage Informatics is a nascent and growing field and an important contribution to our scholarly knowledge. The School of Library and Information Science faculty and students conduct research in the fields of cultural heritage, imaging for museums and libraries, digital humanities, sser behavior and best practices in the field.  We publish the "Annual Review of Cultural Heritage Informatics" with Rowman Littlefield.  With appreciation to the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services for funding, we also have the first cohort of Ph.D. students and graduates with specializations in the field.

META

META is a research project designed to provide insight into and a robust model of the economic value of public libraries. The four-year project is funded by the  Institute of Museum and Library Services. It focuses on two fundamental questions: (1) whether the growing number of public library valuation studies is providing mounting evidence of the contributions public libraries make to the economic prosperity of their communities, and (2) what steps can be taken in order to strengthen this assertion?  The research team recently published their findings "Assessing the Value of Public Library Services: A Review of the Literature and Meta-Analysis (META)." Read more about the study and results on their website.

Faculty Research and Areas of Interest

Want to see specific area of interests of our faculty? Visit our Faculty Research webpage.