Dr Heidi Julien has conducted research into information behaviour for over two decades. This research program has been informed by a rich diversity of models, which have irritated and inspired, motivated and moved the work forward in unanticipated ways. This seminar, presented on 17th May 2016, focused on the ways in which models, largely drawn from the field of information behaviour, have informed this research program. It ended with conclusions and reflections on the value of models in general.
Dr Julien is Professor and Chair of the Department of Library and Information Studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is the former Director at the School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alabama. She has taught at the University of Alberta and Dalhousie University in Canada, and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Her research and teaching interests focus on information behaviour and digital literacy. She has served as editor of the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science, and on the editorial board of Library & Information Science Research; currently she serves on the editorial board for Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Dr Julien is active in the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIST) where she has served as chair of SIG USE, and she is a past member of the board of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE).