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Adam Worrall

Associate Professor, University of Alberta
School of Library and Information Studies
5-168 Education North, Edmonton, AB T6G 2G5
(780) 492-0179 | (587) 597-5838 |

Research Interests

I study information-centric communities that are wholly or partially online. I have particular interest in the roles played by information and communication technologies (ICTs) in online information-centric communities; the relationships and interactions they have with users and their information sharing behaviours and practices within and across community boundaries; and the intersections between informational, social, and emotional facets of online communities and online information sharing. I approach this research through the lenses of information behaviour, information practice, and social informatics perspectives, the latter a primary influence on my scholarship.


Ph.D. in Information Studies Aug 2009 - Aug 2014

School of Information (iSchool), Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Dissertation: "The Roles of Digital Libraries as Boundary Objects Within and Across Social and Information Worlds.” Committee: Michelle M. Kazmer (chair), Gary Burnett, Sanghee Oh, Deborah J. Armstrong (university representative, Management Information Systems)

M.S. in Library and Information Studies (MSLIS) Aug 2006 - Apr 2008

College of Information (iSchool), Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Specialized in Information Architecture and Information Organization. Significant coursework in digital libraries, information organization and metadata, usability analysis, information behaviour, and research methods.

B.S. in Computer Science Aug 1999 - Dec 2002

College of Engineering and Computer Science, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

Graduated magna cum laude with University Honors. Significant coursework in computer programming and information systems development theory and skills, including C, C++, Java, database concepts, and technical writing.


Journal articles (refereed, in press)

Journal articles (refereed, published)

Edited book chapters (refereed)

Conference papers (refereed, published in proceedings)

Conference posters (refereed)

Journal and magazine articles (invited)

Conference posters (non-refereed)


Panels and talks (refereed)

Panels and talks (invited)

Academic Experience

Associate Professor July 2021 - present
School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

Assistant Professor Aug 2015 - Jun 2021
School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

Adjunct Professor (sessional instructor) Aug 2014 - May 2015
School of Information, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Doctoral Student Aug 2009 - Aug 2014
School of Information, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

  • Lead Graduate Instructor Aug 2013 - May 2014
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant Aug 2009 - Dec 2009; Aug 2012 - Aug 2013
  • Graduate Research Assistant Jan 2010 - Aug 2012

Research Experience


Jul 2019 - present PI, Online Information Sharing and Social Media Communities of Canadian Expatriates

Intended to deepen our understanding of Canadian expatriates’ sharing of information online, their use of social media and associated technologies to engage with other expatriates, and the roles their sharing plays in their settlement and in communities of expatriates coming together for informational and social support. Research assistants Deniz Ozgan and Tiffany Yii (MLIS students, Sep 2019 – Apr 2020). Funded Jul 2019 – Jun 2020 through a Support for the Advancement of Scholarship Grant, University of Alberta Faculty of Education.

Jul 2016 - Jun 2018 PI, Exploring Socio-Emotional Motivations, Information Sharing, and Community Coherence in Stack Exchange Academia

Looked to further our understanding of the social and emotional reasons and motivations that lead users to ask and answer questions and otherwise participate, interact, and share information on social questioning-and-answering sites. Research assistants Rachel Osolen, Alicia Cappello (MLIS / MA Digital Humanities students, Sep 2016 – Apr 2017). Funded Jul 2016 – Jul 2017 through a Support for the Advancement of Scholarship Grant, University of Alberta Faculty of Education.

Sep 2015 - Dec 2016 PI, Immigrants’ Information Values, Sharing, and Cultural Memory: Interactions with ICT Use in an Online Community

Investigated how the information and communication technologies used by immigrant and expatriate members of an online community interact with the information values and information sharing behaviours of community members and the cultural memory established by the community. Research assistant Alyssa Hyduk (MLIS student, Sep 2015 – Aug 2016). Partially funded Sep 2015 – Aug 2016 through a Start Up Grant, University of Alberta Faculty of Education.

Dec 2012 - Jul 2014 PI, The Roles of Digital Libraries as Boundary Objects Within and Across Social and Information Worlds

Dissertation research focused on the roles that LibraryThing and Goodreads play as boundary objects in facilitating translation, coherence, and convergence in pre-existing and newly emergent communities. Funded by a Beta Phi Mu Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (2013-14) and a Florida State University Esther Maglathlin Doctoral Research Scholarship (2012-13).

Jan 2011 - Apr 2013 Collaborator, Quality Evaluation of Health Answers in Social Q&A: A Comparison Between Health Reference Librarians, Nurses, and Questioners

Investigated the influence of social media in and on health information seeking and sharing behaviours on a social Q&A web site. PI Sanghee Oh (faculty member); research assistant Yong Jeong Yi (PhD student). Funded by a Florida State University First Year Assistant Professor grant awarded to Sanghee Oh (2011-12).

Jan 2010 - Aug 2012 Graduate Research Assistant, Virtual Scientific Teams: Life-Cycle Formation and Long-Term Scientific Collaboration

US National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded 21⁄2 year project (#0942855) that aimed to identify what social and organizational factors best support the transition from short-term, experiment-focused, virtual scientific collaborations to long-term, productive, innovative programs of scientific research. PI Kathy Burnett (faculty); with multiple FSU iSchool faculty.


Sep 2019 - present PI, Incorporation of Theories, Frameworks, and Epistemologies in Critical Technology Education in Library and Information Science

Individual research to extend our knowledge of the practice of critical technology education in higher education in library and information science and closely related fields of study. Currently partially dormant due to impacts of COVID-19 on conference travel.

Oct 2018 - present Collaborator, Twitter Reactions to the US Birthright Citizenship Ban Controversy

PI Ana Ndumu (faculty, University of Maryland; collaborator Lynette Hammond Gerido (PhD candidate, Florida State University). Explores via sentiment and network analysis how Twitter users engaged in the debate surrounding US President Trump’s recommended birthright citizenship ban.

Jan 2018 - Jun 2019 PI, Student Immigrants, Technology, and Information Sharing: An Exploratory Study

Research assistants Erin Ballantyne (Sep 2018 – Apr 2019) and Jen Kendall (Jan 2018 – Apr 2018; both MLIS students). Furthered our understanding of information sharing and information and communication technology use by international student immigrants to Canada.

Jan 2010 - Apr 2010 PI, Supporting Community-Building in Digital Libraries: A Pilot Study of LibraryThing

Under guidance of faculty member Besiki Stvilia, piloted a survey instrument to measure the level of support provided by the LibraryThing digital library for community-building behaviours and activities by its users.

Teaching Experience

University of Alberta Sep 2015 - present

Assistant Professor
  • Technology, Information, and Society (LIS 598; special topics) Winter 2016, 2017, 2019(x2), 2020, 2021(x2)

Graduate IT elective. (Now approved as LIS 530.)

  • Foundations of Library and Information Studies (LIS 501) Fall 2015, 2016, 2017. 2018, 2019, 2020

Graduate core; two online sections per offering.

  • Human Information Interaction (LIS 543) Winter 2017, 2020

Graduate elective. (Winter 2017 as LIS 598 special topics course.)

  • Digital Libraries (LIS 538) Winter 2018

Graduate IT elective.

  • Directed Study (LIS 599), Collection Assessment (one MLIS student) Winter 2017
  • Capping Exercise (LIS 600) Fall 2015 - Spring 2021

ePortfolio assessment for MLIS student advisees, about 12 per year. (Course is 0 credits.)

Course Development
  • Technology, Information, and Society (LIS 598; special topics) Sep 2015 - Apr 2019

Developed course outline / syllabus, readings, and assignments for a special topics course on the critical analysis of technology and information in our society. The course educates students in interdisciplinary examination, from human, social, and critical perspectives, of technology in the context of libraries and information organizations and of the complex relationships between technology, information, and society. Course approved for permanent number, later assigned as LIS 530, by SLIS School Council May 2019.

Theses and Dissertation Committees
  • Member, Emily Villanueva (MLIS / MA, Digital Humanities) Mar 2020 - Jun 2021

The Body as Information: An Emergent Theory of Social Positioning and Information Behaviours in a Virtual Diet Community

  • Member, Alyssa Hyduk (MLIS) Jun 2016 – Apr 2018

The Formation of Cultural Memory of the “War on Terror” Through the Medium of Videogames (student changed to course-based program)

  • External Reader, Fatima K. Espinoza Vasquez (PhD, Syracuse University iSchool) May 2016

The Role of ICTs in Social Movements: The Case of the Honduran National Front Against the Coup

  • Member, Andrea Johnston (MLIS / MA, Humanities Computing) Oct 2015 - Apr 2016

Walking with the Archives: Mapping Newfoundland Identity Through Ghost Stories and Folklore

Florida State University Aug 2009 - May 2015

Adjunct Professor (sessional instructor) / Graduate Lead Instructor
  • Technologies for Information Professionals (LIS 3353) Spring 2015; Spring 2014; Fall 2013

Undergraduate core. Supervised a teaching assistant Fall 2013 and Spring 2014.

  • Information Science (LIS 3267) Spring 2015

Undergraduate core.

  • Information Technology Project (LIS 4910) Fall 2014

Undergraduate capstone.

Graduate Teaching Assistant
  • Information, Technology, and Older Adults (LIS 5916) Summer 2013

Graduate elective. Helped choose readings and develop syllabus before and after this first offering of the course.

  • Information Systems and Services (LIS 3706) Spring 2013

Undergraduate core. Led and facilitated weekly lab sessions.

  • Assessing Information Needs (LIS 5203) Fall 2012

Graduate core. Led one class session on theories & paradigms in information behaviour research.

  • Technical Communication for Information Professionals (LIS 3021) Fall 2012

Undergraduate core. Led weekly lab sessions.

  • Digital Libraries (LIS 5472) Fall 2009

Graduate recommended elective. Led one class session on social aspects of digital libraries.

  • Information Security (LIS 5916) Fall 2009

Graduate recommended elective. Led one class session on access control. Helped choose readings.

Course Development
  • Qualitative Research Methods May 2010 - Aug 2010

Developed, in collaboration with Michelle M. Kazmer and Gary Burnett, a proposed syllabus for a new doctoral seminar at the FSU iSchool in qualitative research methods as an outgrowth of a directed independent study. Included writing objectives, selecting suitable readings, and determining appropriate assignments for students. After additional feedback, suggestions, and minor modifications by Kazmer and Burnett, the syllabus is now in use at the FSU iSchool.

Professional Experience

Social Media Contributor Aug 2014 - Sep 2015

Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), Silver Spring, MD

Contributed to and assisted in maintaining ASIS&T social media venues, including the ASIS&T blog, Facebook page, and Twitter feed. Promoted and encouraged engagement with ASIS&T HQ, SIG, and Chapter activities through social media venues. Helped coordinate with SIGs and Chapters on social media engagement efforts. Assisted with surveys on social media use and ASIS&T’s online presence.

Library Intern Jan 2008 - Apr 2008

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Miami Regional Library, Miami, FL

Evaluated, analyzed, and improved usability of digital library Web site interface; upgraded and secured database system and restored access to often-requested digital collections; digitized gray literature and scientific data; provided basic reference and customer services to patrons.

Information Technology and Systems Consultant May 2003 - Aug 2006

Self-employed, Miami, FL

Analyzed and resolved issues with users’ computer software and hardware drivers; installed hardware equipment and set up associated software; assisted and educated clients in using computers, information systems, and the Internet, solving information and technology problems.

Fellowships, Scholarships, and Colloquia

CSST 2016 Summer Research Institute Jun 2016

Consortium for the Science of Sociotechnical Systems, Stevenson, WA, June 27 – July 1, 2016

Invited to be part of a group of inter- and trans-disciplinary junior scholars studying the design and use of sociotechnical systems. The Institute included mentoring, peer networking, and skill building to help participants identify substantive ways that sociotechnical theories, approaches, and tools can advance their work with the design and understanding of critical sociotechnical systems.

ASIS&T 2015 Doctoral Seminar Nov 2015

78th Association for Information Science and Technology Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO, November 10, 2015

Part of a group of top candidates from ASIS&T's dissertation and dissertation proposal competitions, meeting and discussing with primary mentor Ken Fleischmann and engaging in group interaction with other mentors and candidates about my research, teaching, service, and career objectives.

IR 14 Doctoral Colloquium Oct 2013

14th Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers, Denver, CO, October 23, 2013

Discussed my research, challenges, and career progression with senior scholars and doctoral students in the interdisciplinary field of Internet studies. Mentored by Meghan Dougherty and Lori Kendall.

Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Jul 2013

Beta Phi Mu International Honour Society

Competitive fellowship awarded to library and information science doctoral students completing their dissertation research. One of six students awarded for 2013-14.

JCDL 2013 Doctoral Consortium Jul 2013

13th ACM / IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, Indianapolis, IN, July 22, 2013

Presented paper titled Social digital libraries: Their roles within and across social worlds, information, worlds, and communities on my dissertation research-in-progress, and discussed my research agenda with faculty, practitioners, and doctoral students in the field of digital library research.

Esther Maglathlin Doctoral Research Scholarship Aug 2012 - Aug 2013

Florida State University School of Library and Information Studies

Competitive scholarship offered by the FSU School of Library and Information Studies and the Esther Maglathlin Trust, awarded to doctoral students completing individual or collaborative research.

College Teaching Fellowship Aug 2009 - Aug 2010

Florida State University

Competitive university-wide fellowship awarded based on academic achievement and recommendations. Served as a teaching assistant as part of fellowship (see above).

Academic and Professional Service

Association Memberships

Association Service

Professional Service

University Service

University of Alberta
School of Library and Information Studies
Faculty of Education
Florida State University

Editorial Boards

Peer Reviewer for

Journals Last review
Book Proposals

Honours and Awards

Honour Societies

Other Honours and Awards