Adam Worrall, PhD

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education - School of Library and Information Studies


Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education - School of Library and Information Studies
(780) 492-0179
5-168 Education Centre - North
8730 - 112 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G5



PhD, Information Studies, Florida State University, 2014
MS, Library and Information Studies (MLIS), Florida State University, 2008
BS, Computer Science, University of Central Florida, 2002

Research Interests: Social informatics, information sharing behaviour and practices, information-centric and online communities, information and communication technologies (ICTs), boundary objects / boundary spanning, social media, social and community theories in LIS

Research Summary: In my research, I adopt social informatics, information behaviour, and information practice perspectives to study information-centric communities that are wholly or partially online. I am particularly interested in the roles played by information and communication technologies (ICTs) in online information-centric communities and the relationships and interactions they have with users and their information sharing behaviours and practices within these contexts.

My recent and ongoing research has focused on populations engaged in everyday life information behaviour and practices online, as facilitated by ICTs and social media. My research has studied Canadian immigrants and expatriates' information sharing, information values, and settlement in multiple social media contexts; users' social and emotional motivations for information sharing and community dynamics on an academic social Q&A site; and the roles played by LibraryThing and Goodreads, as ICTs and boundary objects, in the communities, behaviours, and practices of their users. I have also engaged in collaborative work that draws on my research expertise, examining the data sharing practices of earthquake engineering researchers; and the opinions, sentiments, and interaction networks of Twitter users, including immigrants, in conjunction with debates over birthright citizenship in the United States.


I teach in areas that include the foundations of LIS, information behaviour and practices, and information technology, with particular emphasis on the latter two in the human and social contexts of everyday life.

In my teaching, I try my best to:

  • Help students learn and creatively apply what they learn as part of a collaborative and interactive learning community
  • Effectively facilitate such learning through strategies, activities, and assignments chosen appropriately for the course objectives, students, and learning community
  • Know students’ multiple intelligences and learning styles, addressing them in activities and assignments
  • Respect students and their other obligations, expecting mutual respect in return
  • Keep open lines of communication, interacting with and assisting students while encouraging them to interact with and help each other as well
  • Realize how my own limits and biases affect my teaching


My office hours, courses I am or will be teaching, etc. and other information of interest to SLIS students are available on my web site (on the right-hand side).


LIS 598 - Special Topics

A current topic of significance to, or a special aspect of, library and information studies may be examined as demand and resources permit. Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students. Prerequisites are variable, contact department for more information.

Winter Term 2021

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"Connections above and beyond": Information, translation, and community boundaries in LibraryThing and Goodreads
Author(s): Adam Worrall
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology
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The place of health information and socio-emotional support in social questioning and answering
Author(s): Worrall, A., & Oh, S.
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Information Research
Volume: 18
Issue: 3
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Composition of scientific teams and publication productivity at a national science lab
Author(s): Stvilia, B., Hinnant, C. C., Schindler, K., Worrall, A., Burnett, G., Burnett, K., Kazmer, M. M., & Marty, P. F.
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
Volume: 62
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 270–283
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Boundary objects in information science
Author(s): Huvila, I., Anderson, T. D., Jansen, E. H., McKenzie, P., & Worrall, A.
Publication: Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology
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“Like a real friendship”: Translation, coherence, and convergence of information values in LibraryThing and Goodreads
Author(s): Worrall, A.
Publication: iConference 2015 proceedings, Newport Beach, CA, March 24–27, 2015
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