My research focuses on the role that information serves in bringing about social change. This requires considering how information engages with numerous factors including stakeholders, institutions, and technology in order to realize positive action. This interdisciplinary work is situated within the field of library and information science while also being influenced by gerontology, sociology, and social work among other disciplines. Viewing the topic sub-disciplinarily, my research engages heavily with community informatics, information seeking, and social justice. Methodologically, much of my work focuses on qualitative methods such as action research. Previous projects have examined innovation from the perspective of public library administrators, diversity and inclusion among information resources for older adults, and provision of government information to community members, including to individuals from historically marginalized populations. A full listing of published research is available in my CV or through my Google Scholar profile.
My belief is that open access research is one of the clearest contributions of service and social justice that academic institutions and academics can provide to their communities. As such, I publish my work open access or make a pre-print version available whenever possible. If your institution does not have access to my work, consider searching TRACE, my institution’s open access repository, for a pre-print version or contact me for a copy.