Yazdan Mansourian, PhD

Lecturer, School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University

Locked Bag 588, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2678, Australia

Tel: +61 2 6933 4092

ymansourian @ csu.edu.au

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)

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

The University of Guilan, Iran

Agricultural Engineering (September 1991 to September 1995) 

 Work Experiences

Lecturer

School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University, August 2017 to Present.

Associate Professor

Department of Library and Information Studies, Kharazmi University, April 2012 to July 2017.

Assistant Professor

Department of Library and Information Studies, Kharazmi University, January 2007 to April 2012.

Director of Central Library

Kharazmi University, October 2011 to March 2017.

Deputy Editor-in-Chief

Journal of Human Information Interaction, October 2014 to present 

Member of Directorate

Iranian Library and Information Science Association (ILISA), March 2007 to March 2010.

Director of Research Committee

Iranian Library and Information Science Association (ILISA), March 2007 to March 2010.

Visiting Scholar

University of Tsukuba, Faculty of Library, Information and Media Science, July 2012 to September 2012.

Executive Director and Member of Scientific Committee

National Human Information Interaction Conference (29 October 2014) 

Invited Lecturer

Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, October 2007 to May 2008.

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 (Oct 1998 - Sept 1999).

 

Research Interests  

Human Information Interaction (HII), Information Behaviours, Information Seeking in Context, Qualitative Approach in Research, Invisible Web and Information Accessibility on the Web, Information Searching Process, Digital Libraries, E-Learning, Grounded Theory, Phenomenology, Information Literacy, User Education, Educational Approach in LIS, Inquiry-based Learning, Action Research, LIS Evidence-Based Practice.

Teaching Interests

Library and Information Science Foundations, Information Behaviour Theories, Academic Writing, Research Methods, Information Literacy, Basics of Databases and Databanks, General Reference Resources, Special Reference Resources, Reference Services, Library Resources and Services for Children and Youth, Information Storage and Retrieval, Library Buildings, Library Administration, Collection Management, Library Services, Archive Administration, Interpersonal Communication.

Publications

2.      Mansourian, Y. (2010). Evolving Perceptions of LIS Students about their Discipline: An Action Research with Inquiry-based Learning Approach, Library Review, Vol. 59, No. 3, PP. 185 - 197.

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

4.      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.

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

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

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

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

9.      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.

10.   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.

11.   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.

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

13.   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.

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

15.   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.

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

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

18.   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

Conference Proceedings

1.      Asadi, S., Jamali, H.R., & Mansourian, Y. (2015) LIS Curriculum Changes in Accordance with Scientific Development in Iran: A General Perspective, Sixth International Conference on Asia Pacific Library and Information Education and Practice. 28-30 October 2015, Manila, Philippines.

2.      Jamali, H.R., Mansourian, Y., & Alijani, M. (2015) ​ LIS Research in Iran: Authorship Flow and Scientific Life Expectancy of Researchers, Sixth International Conference on Asia Pacific Library and Information Education and Practice. 28-30 October 2015, Manila, Philippines.

3.      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.

4.      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.

5.      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.

Presentations

1.      Mansourian, Y. (2012) How We Will Survive: Librarians’ Strategies for a Flourishing Future, the University of Tsukuba, Japan, 13 September 2012.

2.      Mansourian, Y. (2011) Applications of Grounded Theory in Information Literacy Research. Information School, the University of Sheffield. 24 March 2011.

3.      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.

4.      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.

5.      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.

6.      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.

7.      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

8.      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.

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

10.   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.

11.   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. 

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.

Teaching Activities:

From January 2007 to July 2017 I have been teaching various library and information science subjects at Kharazmi University in Tehran.

From 2003 to 2006, 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)

Persian Books:

§  Mansourian, Y. (2014) Research Methods in Library and Information Studies. Tehran: Samt.

§  Mansourian, Y. (2009) Basics in Academic Writing, Tehran: Ketabdar.

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

Persian Papers:

Published 45 peer reviewed Persian papers during the last 15 years. The list of these papers is available on my website: http://ymansourian.ir/

Persian Speeches and Conference Proceedings:

Presented 30 Persian papers and speeches in different local and national conferences, the list of them is available on my website: http://ymansourian.ir/

Other Activities:

§  Supervising or advising 25 MA dissertations and 10 PhD theses during the last 8 years.

§  Running 60 workshops in different universities and research centres on various subjects including Qualitative Research, Information Literacy, Invisible Web, Search Skills, and Academic Writing.

§  Published 55 book reviews for various Persian and English books during recent 10 years.

§  I have written around 150 Persian notes for various professional magazines and websites such as:

§  Directorate Member of LISNA (Library and Information Science News Agency). (March 2010 to Present)  http://www.lisna.ir/ (A website which exclusively publishes news about LIS)

§  Referring more than 150 papers for various national and international journals over the last 15 years.

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

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

§  I am interested in literature and philosophy and read novels and short stories in my leisure times.