Eric M. Meyers is an Assistant Professor at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS) at the University of British Columbia, where he teaches and conducts research on the information practices of young people in academic and everyday contexts. Eric’s 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, Eric consults with a wide range of institutions and professionals regarding information services, youth programming, learning spaces, and technology-enriched curricula. He has published journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers on information behavior, school library programs, and research methods with young people. His 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.
Eric has been widely recognized for his scholarship on the information practices of today’s youth. Among his honors, he was named to the inaugural cohort of HASTAC Scholars in the Digital Humanities (2008-09), and recognized with the 2008 Jesse H. Shera Award by the Library Research Roundtable of the American Library Association for distinguished published research. His dissertation on information problem solving in the middle school science classroom won the 2012 ALISE/ Eugene Garfield Dissertation Prize. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan, a Master of Arts in Education from Stanford University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Information Science from the University of Washington.