Expertise and Interests:
Communities and health-related information behavior, place-based communities and information practices, information worlds, information needs and practices of individuals with developmental disabilities, information policy
B.A., Dartmouth College
M.S. (Library and Information Studies), Florida State University
Ph.D. (Information Studies, Minor in Geography), Florida State University
Amelia Gibson, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the UNC School of Information and Library Science. She graduated from the College of Communication and Information at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. Her primary research interests include information access and practices within communities, health information behavior and information policy, focusing specifically on place-based communities as information systems, and the effect of community structure on health and government information access. Dr. Gibson is currently conducting research on the information seeking and sharing behaviors of parents and caretakers of individuals with disabilities. She had previously been a research associate at the Information Use Management and Policy Institute, where she researched issues related to rural communities and e-government, and broadband adoption through community anchor institutions. Dr. Gibson received her MLIS from FSU, and her AB from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. While at Florida State, Dr. Gibson was a McKnight Fellow, and she is a member of Beta Phi Mu.
Courses Recently Taught:
500: Human Information Interaction
690-230: Information Exchange/Seeking in Local/Place-Based Communities
Awards and Recognition:
2014 - Outstanding Dissertation Award, Florida State University College of Communication and Information
2007-2012 - McKnight Doctoral Fellow
2007- Project Athena Conference Travel Award
Selected Publications, Papers, Presentations:
Refereed Articles and Conference Proceedings
Gibson, A. N. (in press). A better place? Factors in community assessment for parents of children with Down syndrome. In Proceedings of the 77th Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology, Volume 51, Seattle, WA.
Gibson, A. N., Bertot, J.C., & McClure, C.R. (2009). Emerging role of public librarians as E- Government providers [CD-ROM]. Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. Hawaii: Computer Society Press.
Burnett, K., Subramaniam, M.M., & Gibson, A.N. (2009). Latinas cross the IT border: Understanding gender as a boundary object between information worlds. First Monday 14(9). http://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/2581/2286
Gibson, A.N., McClure, C.R., Bertot, J.C., McGilvray, J.A., & Andrade, J.C. (2008). Community leadership through public library e-government services. Florida Libraries, 51(Spring), 4-7.
Referred Book Chapters
Kazmer, M. M., Gibson, A. N., & Shannon, K. (2013). Perceptions and experiences of e-learning among on-campus students. In A. Sigal (Ed.), Advancing library education: Technological innovation and instructional design (pp.45-64). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1- 4666-3688-0
Presentations and Posters
Gibson, A. N. (January, 2012). Community, place and information behavior: A case study of parents of children with Down syndrome and government sponsored information and services. Poster session presented at the meeting of the Association for Library and Information Science Education, Dallas, TX.
Kazmer, M. M., Gibson, A. N., & Shannon, K. (presented 2012, January). I like my horizon where it is!: Perceptions and experiences of on-campus students in online classes. Paper presented at Association for Library and Information Science Education conference, Association for Library and Information Science Education, Dallas, Texas.
Gibson, A. N. (June, 2011) Community, place and information behavior: A case study of parents of children with Down syndrome and government sponsored information and services. Poster session presented at the meeting of the Canadian Association for Information Science, New Brunswick, Canada.