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College of Information and Communications


Faculty Research and Areas of Interest

The faculty of the School of Library and 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
Clayton Copeland
equity of access to information for underserved populations; literacy; facilities planning; information behavior
Darin Freeburg
information behavior and the impact of messages as information products; information culture and its influence on religious beliefs
Karen Gavigan
graphic novels in libraries and classrooms; the instructional role of the school librarian
Amir Karami
big data and text mining; medical and health informatics; data science; social computing/social network analysis; IT security in Web, mobile and social networks
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
Jingjing Liu
personalization of information retrieval; human information behavior’ human-computer interaction’ digital libraries; evaluation of information systems; cognitive aspects of information search
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
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