Adam Worrall joins University of Alberta Faculty



Adam WorrallAdam Worrall, two-time graduate of Florida State University, has recently accepted a faculty position with the University of Alberta’s School of Library and Information Science.

Worrall graduated from the School of Information’s MLIS program in 2008 and pursued his doctorate in Information Studies, graduating in 2014. His research looks at the relationships between information-centric communities, information and communication technologies (ICTs), and the information behavior of their users.

He explains: “I incorporate social informatics and information behavior perspectives to focus on the boundaries that may exist between communities, especially online, and the roles that individual boundary spanners and ICTs can play in supporting information and knowledge sharing in these contexts.”

Worrall will be teaching LIS 501: Foundations of LIS online for Fall 2015, pulling on his teaching experience as a doctoral student and adjunct faculty at Florida State University.

The prospect of moving thousands of miles from Tallahassee is a welcomed challenge. The University of Alberta’s collaborative culture was a strong draw for Worrall, who aspires to further understandings of ICTs, information behavior and information-centric communities in Alberta and beyond.

He has published collaborative research articles in the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, Library and Information Science Research, and Information Research, and is active in presenting his work at conferences and in service to the profession, particularly with the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T).

“I’ve known Adam since 2006, and I’ve seen him grow immensely as a scholar and a teacher. As much as I will miss Adam as he leaves Tallahassee, I look forward to his contributions to the information field from his faculty position at the University of Alberta for many years to come,” shared Michelle Kazmer, Ph.D., Adam’s doctoral supervisor.