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College of Information and Communications

Faculty Research and Areas of Interest

The faculty of the School of Information Science has been recognized for their research and service to the profession.  Karen Gavigan received the Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research for “The Access Gap: Poverty and Characteristics of School Library Media Centers."  Feili Tu-Keefner received first place at the MLA Quad Meeting for “Twitter, Scholarly Communication, and Evidence-based Health Information Access:  How Major Medical Journals Have Been Using Social Media for Information Dissemination.”   

Jennifer Arns
construction of knowledge in public and private settings; organizational theory; communication theory; public library governance and operations; program planning and evaluation; cultural heritage institutions
Nicole Cooke
human information behavior, fake news consumption and resistance, critical cultural information studies, and diversity and social justice in librarianship (with an emphasis on infusing them into LIS education and pedagogy).
Clayton Copeland
equity of access to information for underserved populations; literacy; facilities planning; information behavior
Ehsan Mohammadi
data analytics, webometrics, social media, scholarly communication, science of science, research evaluation
Valerie Byrd Fort
family literacy, community literacy, school libraries, children’s literature, youth services programming
Darin Freeburg
knowledge Management; innovation; information literacy; intangible capital
Karen Gavigan
graphic novels in libraries and classrooms; the instructional role of the school librarian
Lucy Santos Green
school librarians as instructional designers and instructional partners, guided inquiry, technology-enabled learning, school-based librarianship in international settings, inclusive school library practices
Amir Karami
data science; text mining; social media analysis; medical and health informatics; computational social science
Dick Kawooya
the role of intellectual property in fostering innovation; the role and impact of intellectual property rights in the exchange of innovation between formal institutions and informal businesses or sectors in Africa; the ethical and legal barriers to information access
Vanessa Kitzie
information practices; information poverty; social informatics
Elise Lewis
cultural institutions; service-learning; information literacy
Susan Rathbun-Grubb
the intersection of education, training, and careers in library and information science; career progression across the life course; job satisfaction; the evaluation of pedagogical strategies in library and information science education
Jenna Spiering
school libraries; adolescent literacies; critical youth studies; children’s and young adult literature; graphic novels
Kim Thompson
information poverty; information access; social information behavior and practices; women and technology adoption, enjoyment, and use; diversity, equity, and inclusion
Feili Tu-Keefner
health information services; consumer health literacy; medical informatics; health sciences librarianship; virtual information/reference services; and the use of social media, information technology, and the Internet to deliver high-quality health information and services to health professionals and the general public

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