Yazdan Mansourian, PhD

Department of Library and Information Studies, Tarbiat Moallem University,

49 Mofateh Ave, P. O. Box 15614, Tehran, Iran

 

Email 1: y.mansourian at gmail.com                        Email 2: mansourian at tmu.ac.ir

Weblog: http://invisibleweblog.blogspot.com/

URL: http://cvs.tmu.ac.ir/yazdan.htm

Education

The University of Sheffield, UK

Information Science (February 2003 to November 2006), PhD

Thesis: Information Visibility on the Web and Conceptions of Success and Failure in Web Searching

Supervised by Professor Nigel Ford and Mrs. Sheila Webber

Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran

Library and Information Science, (September 1998 to January 2001), M.A. GPA: 3.62 /4.00

Dissertation: Users Satisfaction with Computerized Information Services in Libraries of Ferdowsi University

The University of Guilan, Iran

Agricultural Engineering (September 1991 to September 1995) BSc, GPA: 3.28 /4.00

 Work Experiences

Assistant Professor

Tarbiat Moallem University, January 2007 to Present

Member of Directorate

Iranian Library and Information Science Association (ILISA), March 2007 to Present

Director of Research Committee

Iranian Library and Information Science Association (ILISA), March 2007 to Present

Invited Lecturer

Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, October 2007 to Present

Teaching Assistant

Department of Information Studies, University of Sheffield (October 2003 to 2006)

Learning Resource Centre Assistant

The Sheffield College, Loxley College (March 2005 to July 2005)

Expert on Library and Information Science

Public and International Relations Office of Mashhad Municipality (May 2001 – Sept. 2002)

Administrator of Online Information Services

Central Library of Ferdowsi University of Mashhad (October 1999 - May 2001)

Reference Librarian

Central Library of Ferdowsi University of Mashhad (October1998 - September 1999)

 

Research Interests  

Information Seeking on the Web, Information Visibility, Invisible Web, Deep Web, Information Searching, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Interfaces for Information Retrieval, Qualitative Research in LIS, Implications of Grounded Theory in LIS

Publications (English Papers)

1.      Mansourian, Y. (2008). "Contextual elements and conceptual components of information visibility on the Web. Library Hi Tech. Vol. 26 No. 3, pp. 440-453.

2.      Mansourian, Y. (2008). "Keeping a learning diary to enhance researchers’ understanding of and users’ skills in web searching". Library Review, Vol. 57, No. 9, pp. 690-699.

3.      Mansourian, Y. (2008). “Web search efficacy: definition and implementation”.  Aslib Proceedings, Vol. 60, No. 4, pp. 349-363.

4.      Mansourian, Y. (2008). “Exploratory nature of and uncertainty tolerance in qualitative research”. New Library World, Vol. 109 No. 5-6, pp. 273-286.

5.      Mansourian, Y. (2008). “Contextualization of Web searching: a Grounded Theory approach”. Electronic Library, Vol. 26 No. 2, pp. 202-214.

6.      Mansourian, Y. (2008). “Coping strategies in Web searching”. Program: Electronic Library and Information Systems. Vol. 42 No. 1, pp. 128-39.

7.      Mansourian, Y., Ford, N., Webber, S. Madden, A. (2008). "An integrative model of 'information visibility' and 'information seeking' on the Web". Program: Electronic Library and Information Systems. Vol. 42 No. 4, pp. 402-417.

8.      Mansourian, Y. and Ford, N. (2007). “Web searchers’ attributions of success and failure: an empirical study”. Journal of Documentation, Vol. 63 No. 5, pp. 659-679.

9.      Mansourian, Y. and Ford, N. (2007). “Search persistence and failure on the Web: a “bounded rationality” and “satisficing” analysis. Journal of Documentation, Vol. 63 No. 5 pp. 680-701.

10.  Mansourian, Y. and Madden, A. (2007). “Methodological approaches in web search research”. Electronic Library, Vol. 25. No.1, pp. 90-101.

11.  Mansourian, Y. and Madden, A. (2007). “Perceptions of the web as a search tool amongst researchers in biological sciences Biologists”. New Library World Vol. 108 No. 9/10, pp. 407-421.

12.  Mansourian, Y. (2006). “Adoption of Grounded Theory in LIS research”. New Library World, Vol. 107 No. 9/10, pp. 386-402.

13.  Ford, N. and Mansourian, Y. (2006). “The invisible web: An empirical study of ‘cognitive invisibility’”. Journal of Documentation, Vol. 62 No. 5, pp. 584-596.

14.  Mansourian, Y. (2004). "Technical and non-technical aspects of the Invisible Web". Informology, Vol. 1, No 2, pp. 221-237.

15.  Mansourian, Y. (2004). "Intelligent search agents and information seeking through the Web environment", Informology, Vol. 1, No 4. pp. 213-231.

16.  Mansourian, Y. (2004). "Similarities and differences between web search procedure and searching in the pre-web information retrieval systems". Webology [Online], Vol. 1, No. 1, Available at: http://www.webology.ir/2004/v1n1/a3.html

English Conference Proceedings:

1.      Mansourian, Y. (2005), “Identifying effective factors on the level of information visibility for end users on the web environment”. In: Ingwersen, P. and Larsen, B. (ed.), Proceedings of 10th International Conference of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics (ISSI 2005). Stockholm: Karolinska University Press, Vol. 2, pp. 722.

2.      Mansourian, Y. (2005), “Enhancement of information seeking efficiency in the electronic resources”. In: The Abstract Book of Computer and Information Technology Group, Proceedings of 13th Iranian Researchers Conference in Europe, pp. 21-22. 2nd July 2005, The University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, [Online] http://www.irce.org/va.asp?ai=556

3.      Mansourian, Y. (2004). Searching the Invisible Web: an empirical study of users’ interactive searching behaviour in the opaque side of the web environment. In the Proceeding of the 18th British HCI Group Annual Conference in Leeds Metropolitan University, UK 6-10 September, pp. 231-232.

English Presentations:

1.      Mansourian, Y. (2008). Implications of the information visibility model in information literacy   research and practice, Centre for Information Literacy Research, Sheffield, UK, 13 August 2008.

2.      Mansourian, Y. and Webber, S. (2006). “Context in web searching: implications for information literacy”. Librarians' Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC2006). 27th - 29th March 2006, Leeds University, Leeds.

3.      Mansourian, Y. (2006). Exploring the concept of information visibility on the World Wide Web; presented at Quantitative Methods for Internet Research, University of Wales; Aberystwyth, UK, 6th - 8th April 2006.

4.      Mansourian, Y. (2005). Identifying effective factors on the level of information visibility for end users on the web environment, Doctoral Forum ISSI 2005 (10th International Conference of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informatics). Stockholm, Sweden, Sunday 24 July.

5.      Mansourian, Y. (2005). Enhancement of Information Seeking Efficiency in the Electronic Resources. 13th Iranian Researchers Conference in Europe. The University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, Saturday 2 July 2005. http://www.irce.org/userFiles/477338.pdf

6.      Mansourian, Y. (2005). Cognitive and Affective Aspects of Human Information Seeking Behaviours. The Annual Interdisciplinary Conference for Postgraduate Students in the Social Sciences and Humanities, the University of Sheffield, Sheffield, Thursday 7th April 2005.

7.      Mansourian, Y. (2005). Applicability of Qualitative Research in Life Science Studies, Sheffield, Graduate Biomedical Society meeting, 25/02/2005

8.      Mansourian, Y. (2004). Searching the Invisible Web: An Empirical Study of Users’ Interactive Searching Behaviour in the Opaque Side of the Web Environment. The 18th British HCI Group Annual Conference in Leeds Metropolitan University, UK 6-10 September. Presentations Slides.

9.      Mansourian, Y. (2003). Towards a Model of User-oriented Aspects of the Invisible Web. Presented at the University of Sheffield, Department of Information Studies, on Monday 8th December 2003. 

English Poster Presentations

1.      Mansourian, Y.; Ford N.; Webber, S. (2006), Searching in Nebulous, Uncertain or Unsatisfactory Situation (SINUOUS) will be present in 19 April 2006 in the research advisory panel at the University of Sheffield.

2.      Mansourian, Y.; Ford N.; Webber, S. (2005), “How people search the Internet: success and failure on the online world, Poster Presentation at the Annual Poster Competition of the UK GRAD Programme, 26th May 2005, University of Leeds, Leeds.

3.      Mansourian, Y.; Ford N.; Webber, S. (2005), Failure Ontologies: Conceptualizing Unsuccessful Searches (FOCUS). Poster Presentation at Promoting Information Literacy for Information and Computer Sciences, 8th June 2005, University College Worcester. Worcester, UK.

English Teaching Activities:

During the past three years I have been teaching as a part-time teaching assistant (running practical sessions, tutorial sessions and marking) for the following modules at the University of Sheffield.

§  Information Management in Organisations (INF6002)

§  Information Literacy Research (INF6014)

§  Information Resources and Information Literacy (INF6350)

§  Healthcare Information (INF6370)

§  Practical Computing (INF6901)

§  Information Literacy (INF104)

§  Business Information (INF304)

§  Information Management (GSC6000)

I also delivered a few lectures (as guest speaker) for two of the above-mentioned modules including Information Resources and Information Literacy (INF6350) and Information Literacy Research (INF6014).

Persian Books:

§  Fattahi, R. and Mansourian, Y. (2002). Serials management handbook: collection development, organization & services. Tehran: Debizesh Publication.

Persian Papers:

1.      Mansourian, Y. (2004). "The Hidden Internet and the Buried Information Resources under the Invisible Depth of the World Wide Web". Iranian Library and Information Science, Vol. 7 No. 1. pp, 25-42.

2.      Mansourian, Y. (2004). What is the Invisible Web and Why It Is Important. Nama [Online] (the Online Journal of IRANDOC), Vol. 2, No. 1. Available at:  http://www.irandoc.ac.ir/data/E_J/vol2/Invisible_Web.pdf

3.      Mansourian, Y. (2003), “A Review of the Recent User-Oriented Studies in the Web-Based Information Retrieval Research". Iranian Library and Information Science, Vol. 6 No. 1 pp. 1-22.  

4.      Mansourian, y. (2003). Effective Factors on Information Seeking and Information Retrieval Procedure in the World Wide Web Environment. [Online] Ketabdar Electronic Journal, Vol. 2 No. 2.  Available at: http://www.ketabdar.org/magazine/detailarticle.asp?number=23

5.      Mansourian, Y. (2001), "Features of Library Web sites in the Internet ".  Payam Ketabkhaneh (Library Message), Vol. 10, No 4, pp. 10- 17. 

6.      Mansourian, Y. (2001), "Evaluation of User Satisfaction Rate with Computerized Information Services in Libraries of Ferdowsi University (Extract from the Author's MA Thesis). Iranian Library and Information Science, Vol.3, No. 4, pp.37-58. 

7.      Mansourian, Y. (2001), " A Review of Concept and Measurement of User Satisfaction in Library and Information Research: Literature Review ". Payam Ketabkhaneh, Vol. 11, No 1, pp. 34 -41. 

8.      Azad, A.; Mansourian, Y. (2001), "A Glance at the Library and Information Science Dissertations during 1994-1999". Ketabdari (Librarianship), Vol. 35, No. 37, pp. 85-101.

9.      Mansourian, Y. (2000), “Full Text Electronic Journals of Library and Information Science in the Internet." Iranian Library and Information Science, Vol.2, No. 4, pp.39-59. 

10.  Mansourian, Y. (2000), "A Proposal for Publishing a Library and Information Science Abstract Journal in Iran ". Payam Ketabkhaneh, Vol. 10, No 3, pp. 69-72. 

Persian Conference Proceedings:

§  Mansourian, Y. and Naimabadi, M. (2004). The Role of Library Websites in Enhancement of Users’ Information Literacy Skills. In proceeding of the User Education and Development of Information Literacy Conference, Mashhad. 22-23 May, pp. 403-415.

Persian Speech and Presentations:

1.      Mansourian, Y. (2009). 100 Hints in Writing a Dissertation. Presented at the Festival of Iranian LIS Students. 17 February 2009. National Library of Iran.

2.      Mansourian, Y. (2008). Semantic Web: the New Generation of the Internet. Presented at Tarbiat Moallem Univerity, 2 February 2008.

3.      Mansourian, Y. (2007). Implications of Grounded Theory in Social Science Research. Presented at the Iranian Psychology Association. 10 October 2007, Tehran.

4.      Mansourian, Y. (2007). Information Visibility and Invisibility in the Web Environment. Presented at the seminar of Iranian Library and Information Science Association (ILISA), April 2007.

5.      Mansourian, Y. (2008). Visible and Invisible on the Web. Presented at the 8th Conference of Iranian Association of Curriculum Studies. Babolsar, Iran, November 2008

6.      Mansourian, Y. (2004). Different Aspects of the Invisible Web. Presented at Iranian Library & Information Science Association Conference: Library Websites: Design and Evaluation). Tehran: The University of Tehran, 14 January 2004.

7.      Mansourian, Y. (2004). The Invisible Web. Presented at the Seminar of Khorasan Branch of the Iranian Library & Information Science Association. Ferdowsi University, 8 January 2004.

8.      Mansourian, Y. (2002). Digital Libraries: A Review of Opportunities & Challenges. Presented in The 6th Conference of Iranian Management & Planning Organization's Librarians. Yazd. Feb. 02.

9.      Mansourian, Y. (2001), New Information Technology and its Role in Cultural Development. First International Conference of the Information Services and Cultural Development. Tehran Jan. 2001. 

10.  Mansourian, Y. (2001). A Review of the Librarians' Role in Digital Libraries. Presented in the 3rd Seminar of Alzahra University, Traditional Libraries to Digital Libraries. March 2001.

Other Activities:

§  Running several workshops on various subjects including Information Literacy, Invisible Web, Search Skills, Academic Writing and Qualitative Research Methods.

§  Teaching information seeking skills to library users.

§  Teaching web page designing by Dream Weaver, Front page and Netscape Composer.

§  Teaching basic skills to work in Internet (search, e-mail and etc.) for the library users.

§  Publishing a local electronic newsletter for current awareness services in Ferdowsi University from October 1999 to May 2001.

§  Referring papers for the International Information & Library Review journal.

§  Student member of the ASIS&T since (2005 -2006).

§  Associate member of CILIP since (2004-2006).