SILS Ph.D. student Leslie Thomson receives ASIS&T Award

August 27, 2014
Leslie Thomson, a Ph.D. student at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), has recently been named the recipient of the Best Information Behavior Conference Poster Award for her poster, “When PIM Goes Public: A Case Study of OrganizedLikeJen.” The award is given annually by ASIS&T's Special Interest Group for Information Seeking and Use (SIG USE). Established in 2005, this award recognizes the single best poster presented at the Annual ASIS&T Conference “that falls within the scope of information behavior.”
Thomson’s poster displays the results of a case study she performed of one YouTube user and blogger, OrganizedLikeJen. For the study, Thomson viewed over 50 YouTube videos and read several blog posts from OrganizedLikeJen in order to understand this user’s work.
“I was really interested in beginning to understand the information practices and activities that go into creating original online content, particularly YouTube videos,” Thomson said. “In the information science field, the majority of research hasn't focused on acts of information creation, which are definitely more common now, given the affordances of the web.” 
For earning the Best Poster award, Leslie will receive a certificate and $200, and she will be recognized at the upcoming ASIS&T Annual Meeting in November.
“I'm really excited about continuing this project, and can't stop thinking about the many possible directions it could go over the next few years as I carry it into my dissertation research,” Thomson said. “I'm incredibly grateful that the ASIS&T SIG USE reviewers thought this was an interesting project worth pursuing as well, and so thankful for their encouragement and suggestions!”
Congratulations, Leslie, on earning this honor.