Kyungwon Koh

Associate Professor

PhD, Library and Information Studies, Florida State University

Research focus

Digital youth, the maker movement, learning and community engagement through libraries, human information behavior, and competencies for information professionals.

Honors and Awards

  • Winner of the 2016 YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) Midwinter Paper Presentation. Competencies Needed to Provide Teen Library Services of the Future: Survey of Professionals in Teen Learning Spaces. Authors: Drs. Kyungwon Koh and June Abbas. 
  • Certificate of Merit from ASIS&T (The Association for Information Science and Technology) SIG USE (Special Interest Group: Information Needs Seeking and Use) for outstanding research poster on human information behavior (2014). Project: Implications and Potential Impacts of Information Behavior Research. Authors: Kyungwon Koh, Ellen L. Rubenstein, and Kelvin White
  • Faculty Recognition Program for Exceptional Achievements in Research—Prestigious Tier Award by the University of Oklahoma Office of the Vice President for Research. (2014).
  • Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (2010), presented by Beta Phi Mu, the library and information studies honor society.   

Biography

Kyungwon Koh is an associate professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois. She earned her MS and PhD at the Florida State University's iSchool and a BS from Yonsei University Department of Library and Information Science in South Korea. Her areas of expertise include digital youth, the maker movement, learning and community engagement through libraries, human information behavior, and competencies for information professionals. Koh has received several research grants and awards, including a 2016 IMLS National Leadership Grant, 2016 ALA YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) Midwinter Paper Presentation Winner, 2014 IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Program Early Career Development Grant, 2010 Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, and 2010 ALISE Research Grant Award. Her work has been published in leading IS/LIS journals such as JASIS&T, LISR, Information Research, JRLYA, JELIS, and Library Trends. She currently serves as a co-chair of the ALISE Youth Services SIG (2018-2019) and an editorial board member of the School Library Research journal (2018-2020). 

Office hours

By appointment

Publications & Papers

Koh, K., Abbas, J., & Willett, R. Makerspaces in Libraries: Social Roles and Community Engagement (2018). In V. R. Lee & A. L. Phillips (Eds.), Reconceptualizing Libraries: Perspectives from the Information and Learning Sciences. Routledge.

Koh, K., Abbas, J. (2016). Competencies needed to provide teen library services of the future: Survey of professionals in Learning Labs and Makerspaces. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. 7(2). Available at http://tinyurl.com/competencies16

Koh, K., Rubenstein, E., White, K. (2015). Implications and potential impacts of information behaviour research: A pilot study of research literature. Information Research. 20(4). Available at  http://www.informationr.net/ir/20-4/paper691.html - .Vor9MjaFl0Q

Abbas, J., Koh, K. (2015). Future of Library Services Supporting Teen Learning: Perceptions of Professionals in Learning Labs and Makerspaces. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. 6. Available at http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/2015/11/future-of-library-and-museum-services-supporting-teen-learning-perceptions-of-professionals-in-learning-labs-and-makerspaces

Koh, K. (2015). Radical Change theory: Framework for empowering digital youth. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. 5. Available at http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/2015/01/radical-change-theory-framework-for-empowering-digital-youth

Koh, K. & Abbas, J. (2015). Competencies for Information Professionals in Learning Labs and Makerspaces. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science. 56(2). doi:10.12783/issn.2328-2967/56/2/3. 

Koh, K., Oh, K., Agarwal, N., & Belkin, N. (2015, November). Information Seeking and Beyond: Impacts of Studying Different Forms of Information Behavior. 2015 ASIS&T Annual Meeting Proceeding. Available at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/pra2.2015.14505201009/full 

Koh, K. (2013). Adolescents’ information-creating behavior embedded in digital media practice using Scratch. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. 64(9), 1826-1841. doi:10.1002/asi.22878

Koh, K. (2013). Theory-to-research-to-theory strategy: A research-based expansion of radical change theory, Library & Information Science Research. 35(1), 33-40. doi:10.1016/j.lisr.2012.09.003

 Dresang, E. T., & Koh, K. (2009). Radical Change theory, youth information behavior, and school libraries. Library Trends, 58(1), 26-50.

Presentations

Koh, K., & Ge, X. (2018). When Inquiry Meets Making: Demystifying Inquiry-Based Making Using Guided Inquiry Design. Connected Learning Summit. 

Koh, K. (2018, May). The Process of Learning by Making and the Role of Information. NSF 2018 STEM for All Video Showcase. Video available at http://videohall.com/p/1265

Lewis, K. R., Dousette-Frederickson, J., Ge, X., Koh, K., Nelson, L., & Simmons, S. (2018, May). Learning in Libraries: Guided Inquiry and Making. Video available at http://videohall.com/p/1128

Moorefield-Lang, H., Abbas, J., Bowler, L., Fontichiaro, K., & Koh, K. (2017, October). Makerspaces in Libraries: Partnerships with Communities. [Keynote presentation]. Library 2.017: Makerspaces (http://www.library20.com/makerspaces)

Koh, K. & Young, T. (2017, May). Youth STEAM Learning by Making in Libraries and Museums. NSF 2017 STEM for All Video Showcase. Research & Design for Impact. Video available at: http://stemforall2017.videohall.com/presentations/1022

Koh, K., Abbas, J., Bowler, L., Moorefield-Lang, H., Willett, R. (2017, January). Makerspaces in Libraries: Creating Change through Active Partnerships with Communities. Panel at the 2017 ALISE Annual Conference.

Koh, K., Abbas, J. (2016, January). Competencies Needed to Provide Teen Library Services of the Future: Survey of Professionals in Teen Learning Spaces. The winner of the 2016 YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) Midwinter Paper Presentation sponsored by YALSA past presidents. The 2016 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting. 

Koh, K. (2016, January). Learning Labs and Makerspaces through the lens of Radical Change Theory. Youth Services SIG Presentation at the 2016 ALISE Annual Conference. 

Koh, K., Oh, K., Agarwal, N., & Belkin, N. (2015, November). Information Seeking and Beyond: Impacts of Studying Different Forms of Information Behavior. Panel at the 2015 ASIS&T Annual Meeting. 

Ball, M., Mardis, M., Reynolds, R., & Koh, K. (2015, June). IMLS Research: Out of the Library School and into the School Library. Panel at the 2015 American Library Association Annual Conference.