Professor Profiles

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Adam Worrall, PhD

Assistant Professor

Education

Library and Information Studies, School of

About Me

PhD, Information Studies, Florida State University, 2014
MS, Library and Information Studies (MLIS), Florida State University, 2008
BS, Computer Science, University of Central Florida, 2002


Research

Research Interests: Social informatics, information sharing behaviour and practices, information-centric and online communities, information and communication technologies (ICTs), boundary objects / boundary spanning, social media, social and community theories in LIS

Research Summary: In my research, I adopt social informatics, information behaviour, and information practice perspectives to study information-centric communities that are wholly or partially online. I am particularly interested in the roles played by information and communication technologies (ICTs) in online information-centric communities and the relationships and interactions they have with users and their information sharing behaviours and practices within these contexts.

My recent and ongoing research has focused on populations engaged in everyday life information behaviour and practices online, as facilitated by ICTs and social media. My research has studied Canadian immigrants and expatriates' information sharing, information values, and settlement in multiple social media contexts; users' social and emotional motivations for information sharing and community dynamics on an academic social Q&A site; and the roles played by LibraryThing and Goodreads, as ICTs and boundary objects, in the communities, behaviours, and practices of their users. I have also engaged in collaborative work that draws on my research expertise, examining the data sharing practices of earthquake engineering researchers; and the opinions, sentiments, and interaction networks of Twitter users, including immigrants, in conjunction with debates over birthright citizenship in the United States.


Teaching

I teach in areas that include the foundations of LIS, information behaviour and practices, and information technology, with particular emphasis on the latter two in the human and social contexts of everyday life.

In my teaching, I try my best to:

  • Help students learn and creatively apply what they learn as part of a collaborative and interactive learning community
  • Effectively facilitate such learning through strategies, activities, and assignments chosen appropriately for the course objectives, students, and learning community
  • Know students’ multiple intelligences and learning styles, addressing them in activities and assignments
  • Respect students and their other obligations, expecting mutual respect in return
  • Keep open lines of communication, interacting with and assisting students while encouraging them to interact with and help each other as well
  • Realize how my own limits and biases affect my teaching