Grants & Funding
- 2023-2026 - Institute of Museum and Library Services Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Early Career Research Grant ($399,890). Awareness and Critical Thinking (ACT)Program: How School Librarians Can Teach Children to Detect and Avoid Misinformation.
- 2020-2022 - Selected as a Computing Innovation Fellow 2020 by the Computing Research Association and awarded $263,959 in funding from the National Science Foundation to support two years of research.
In 2017, I began wondering why social media users were sharing false information, and my love of research was born. I am fascinated by the information behavior of everyday people, particularly as they navigate new media environments. More than simply a new channel of communication, social media represents a revolutionary change in how humans access and share information in our fast-paced world. It has impacted national elections and public discourse on key social issues, as well as interpersonal relationships. I am interested in the personal motivations that drive individuals to interact with information, to trust it, and to share it with others. My interest in social media provided a foundation on which I have continued to build my research, including my dissertation research on social noise in social media, work on COVID-19 health information, and my new IMLS-funded research on teaching information literacy skills to K-4 students to help them detect and avoid misinformation.
Good Systems Research Presentation - Social Noise and the Technological Agency of Facebook Users (May 10, 2021)