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.