RESEARCH STATEMENT

My research goals are linked to my desire to understand how people actively and passively seek, use, or ignore information. I am curious about the ways in which information, or the lack thereof, impacts one's quality of life. I explore topics such as library use in the U.S. and around the world, the digital divide and information literacy, along with the normative information experiences of marginalized communities. My research experience is varied; I am drawn to mixed methods approaches, or triangulation. The overarching question that I wish to answer is: What is the cross between social identity and information behavior?

I recently completed my dissertation on the information worlds of Black immigrants. There are few LIS studies on the dynamics of information as a stressor from the point of view of minorities, much less foreign-born Blacks living in the U.S. Although Black immigrants are hardly homogeneous, attention to the norms of African, Afro-­Caribbean and Afro­-Latino individuals living in the U.S. is missing from the current body of information overload research. I argue that this is a timely study. Regardless of the politics and debates on immigration, the fact remains that there are already 3 million foreign-born Blacks who permanently reside in America, and these individuals need resources to assist them with adjusting, acculturating, assimilating and advancing while in the U.S. This research entailed analysis of U.S. Census data, surveys, as well as focus group consultations.

Finally, I am inspired by the late Dr. Elfreda Chatman, who studied the information behavior of African Americans, the working poor, the elderly, prisoners and low-skilled workers. Her theories shed light on the fact that information takes many forms, and cultural roles impact the ways in which people perceive information. Like Chatman, I hope to connect research, teaching and service.

LATEST PROJECTS
  • Published articles on Nicaraguan libraries, the digital divide, and LIS education
  • Completed dissertation articles on information access & Black immigrants
  • Collaborating on HBCU-inspired LIS educational framework for Black college student success
  • Collaborating on survey study on toolkits in libraries
  • Attended Sisters of the Academy (SOTA) Research Bootcamp
TECHNIQUES
  • Survey Research
  • Focus Group
  • Secondary Analysis
  • Systematic Review
  • Photovoice
  • Population Data
SOFTWARE & CODE
  • NVivo
  • ArcGIS
  • SPSS
  • HTML/CSS