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I am an Assistant Professor at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS) at the University of British Columbia, where I teach and conduct research on the information practices of young people in academic and everyday contexts. My research interests lie at the intersection of information science, the learning sciences, and new media studies, with a focus on collaborative information use and meaning making in social situations. A former K-12 teacher, school librarian and technologist, I consult with a wide range of institutions and professionals regarding information services, youth programming, learning spaces, and technology-enriched curricula. I've published journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers on information behavior, school library programs, and research methods with young people. My current research, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) focuses on how early adolescents make decisions to use or reject information in the context of their daily lives. Read more...

  • NEWS AND UPDATES

    • Awarded Best Conference Poster at the 2012 iConference in Toronto for "'Greenwashing' the Digital Playground: How Virtual Worlds Support Ecological Intelligence...Or Do They?", written with MACL student Rob Bittner.
    • Awarded the 2012 ALISE/ LMC Prize for the paper "The Group6: Toward the Development of a Collaborative Information Problem Solving Model".
    • Awarded the 2012 ALISE/ Eugene Garfield Dissertation Prize by the Association for Library and Information Science Education.
  • RECENT PUBLICATIONS

    • Meyers, E. M. (2011). Hanging out on the grid: Virtual worlds for teens and preteens. In D. Agosto and J. Abbas (eds), Teens, libraries and social networking: What librarians need to know (pp. 133-150). Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.
    • Meyers, E. M. (2011). Supporting inquiry by design: Insights from a study of classroom-based information interaction. Proceedings of the Fifth Annual HCIR (HCIR '11) Conference, October 21, 2011. Mountain View, CA, USA.
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