Research Areas

  • Archives and Preservation

    Protecting and maintaining collections and materials in archives

  • Digital Libraries

    Studying how to most effectively store, structure, retrieve, interpret and preserve collections of digital objects to serve a particular community or communities

  • Libraries and Librarianship

    Research related to the assessment, management, development, and delivery of services provided by professional librarians in libraries and similar information institutions

  • Youth Literature, Culture, and Services

    Analyzing library and information practices, preferences, and play for children, youth, tweens, and teens

  • Data Curation

    Active and on-going management of data through its lifecycle of interest and usefulness to scholarship, science, and education

  • Privacy, Security, and Trust

    Studying the intersection of privacy, security, and trust with information systems

  • Science Processes

    Studying and finding new ways to improve current methods of scientific research

  • Social and Information Networks

    Understanding the intersection between social networks and information networks

  • Organization of Knowledge and Information

    Bringing structure to the record of human culture and our accounts of the natural and social world

  • Information Retrieval

    Finding relevant documents and other information resources to satisfy an information need or desire

  • Informetrics

    Studying the quantitative aspects of information

  • Social Informatics

    Examining the social aspects of information technology and how social issues affect the organization of information

  • Social Media

    Understanding how and why people use social media, and how it impacts access and dissemination of information

  • Information Practices and Behaviors

    Discovering and explicating how people seek, use, avoid, and share information to advance knowledge, aid in decision making, solve problems, and engage in everyday life activities

  • Information Policy

    Examining the set of rules, laws, or regulations that affect the creation, process, use, and destruction of information

  • Design and Evaluation of Information Systems and Services

    Understanding the problems with existing information systems and services, and making them more effective and easier to use

  • Digital Humanities

    Applying computing or using digital media in the humanities disciplines

  • Cultural Informatics and Heritage

    Understanding the role of information technology in preserving, transmitting, and shaping human culture and heritage

  • Community Informatics

    Understanding how local communities and people in their everyday lives use and might use information technology, in libraries and elsewhere

  • Diversity and Social Justice

    Addressing challenging, but necessary, topics such as racism, privilege, power, etc., and coupling them with critical theory in an effort to develop compassionate, proactive, and culturally competent information professionals

  • Information Access

    Recognizing the issues with information access and the methods in which individuals and groups access information

  • Information Literacy

    Information literacy is an important skillset that enables individuals to locate, contextualize, evaluate, effectively use, and appropriately communicate information in a variety of different formats

  • History of Information

    Exploring the long history of  information helps us understand the effects of information technologies, systems, and practices on society and their implications for the future

  • Foundations of Information

    Asking and answering the most basic and fundamental questions on the nature and uses of information resources

  • Education of Information Professionals

    Evaluating the content of curricula and the methods for educating information professionals

  • Ethics and Values for Information

    Assessing principles and standards that govern access to information

  • Data Analytics

    Using computational methods to transform both structured and unstructured data into actionable knowledge. 

  • Health and Bioinformatics

    Collecting and analyzing biological and health information