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, ICTs and information-centric communities, boundary objects / boundary spanning, social information behaviour, digital libraries, scientific collaboration, social media, social / community theories in LIS

Research Summary: My research takes a social informatics perspective on the relationships and interactions between information-centric communities, information and communication technologies (ICTs), and the information behaviour of their users. I am also interested in digital libraries, scientific collaboration, social media, and social and community theories in library and information science. My particular and emerging focus is on the practice and support of information and knowledge sharing across the boundaries that may exist between communities (especially online), and the roles that boundary-spanning individuals and ICTs play in such sociotechnical practices.


Teaching

I teach in areas that include the foundations of LIS, information behaviour, 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