Comprehensive Exams Statement

Research Statement for Comprehensive Exams Coursework and research projects Through the required coursework, I established a foundation of knowledge of the history and fundamental theories of LIS, as well as pedagogy and research methods. I also completed specialized coursework in user experience and social informatics, and independent studies of the role of LIS publications, the … Continue reading Comprehensive Exams Statement

Comprehensive Exams Reading List

I will take comprehensive exams starting on January 23, 2021. The fact that 01-23-21 is a palindrome was not the reason for selecting this date (working in academia was), but I’ll take it as a good omen. My advisor recommended that I make a reading list for comps to refer to when answering the questions. … Continue reading Comprehensive Exams Reading List

(Endnotes) Queering Health Information Seeking: a pre-comps independent study

As the 7th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association states: “Use the umbrella term “sexual and gender minorities” to refer to multiple sexual and/or gender minority groups, or write about “sexual orientation and gender diversity” (2020, p. 146). While I generally describe myself as “queer” when summarizing life as a non-binary … Continue reading (Endnotes) Queering Health Information Seeking: a pre-comps independent study

Queering Health Information Seeking: a pre-comps independent study

IS-601, Simmons University, Summer 2020, Dr. Colin Rhinesmith Research/er Statement As a queer, non-binary individual who lives with comorbid mental illnesses, I am a sexual and gender minority (SGM) whose health information seeking behavior (HISB) has been limited by societal constraints on language, as well as stigma and discrimination (SAD) related to my identities and … Continue reading Queering Health Information Seeking: a pre-comps independent study

Bob Williams Research Grant

I am ecstatic to announce that I have received the ASIS&T SIG-HFIS Bob Williams Research Grant! This will be quite the undertaking, but I am excited to have funding to begin this work–and hire a research assistant. In my project “Mental Health Information in LIS: A Retrospective of Access and Attitudes,” I will examine historic … Continue reading Bob Williams Research Grant

Social structures of sobriety & recovery: a personal note

I was very hesitant to write about this, but as qualitative research includes the researcher, I think it’s important for my dissertation and further work for me to publicly note that, like my future research subjects, I am a queer person with mental health concerns, including alcoholism. June 28, 2020 made two years of sobriety. … Continue reading Social structures of sobriety & recovery: a personal note

A note on terminology

Recently, I decided to stop using the term LGBTQ+ when talking about my research, and begin using the phrase “sexual and gender minority” (SGM). Especially with my being a non-binary bisexual person, this was a thoughtful consideration, though one that I’m not certain I’ll continue to utilize throughout my research. As the 7th edition of … Continue reading A note on terminology