UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) Professor Barbara Wildemuth was honored by the New Jersey Chapter of ASIS&T with its 2016 Distinguished Lecture Series Award. Dr. Wildemuth gave a talk on December 7 at Rutgers University. The event included a Q&A session and a reception honoring Wildemuth’s distinguished career.
In their announcement of the award, the chapter cited Wildemuth’s 40 years of experience in the study of people’s use of information and information technologies. It also highlighted her book, Applications of Social Research Methods to Questions in Information and Library Science, which has been adopted as a text by a number of ILS schools in the United States and other countries. In November, ABC-CLIO published a second edition, which includes updated chapters, more recent examples of studies from ILS literature, and three new chapters focusing on mixed methods, visual data collection methods, and social network analysis.
For the December 7 event at Rutgers, Wildemuth focused her remarks on the research questions related to how people conduct searches: the ways they formulate and re-formulate their search strategies, how those search strategies might evolve over multiple sessions, and the thoughts and feelings that might accompany the actions taken during a search. Slides form the talk are available on her website at https://ils.unc.edu/~wildem/Wildemuth-NJASIST2016.pdf.
Wildemuth said she greatly enjoyed returning to New Jersey, where her ASIS&T roots were formed, and the great questions posed by audience members after her talk.