Barbara M. Wildemuth
School of Information and Library Science, UNC-Chapel Hill
Ph.D., Drexel University

Barbara Wildemuth’s research interests focus on people’s use of information and information technologies, with particular emphasis on people’s online searching behaviors.  Past projects have included studies of people’s need for and interest in personal health records; medical students’ use of a factual database in microbiology; and a computerized presentation of a health maintenance/risk assessment questionnaire that adapts to the patient’s literacy level and computer skills. Her most recent work includes a methodological study of the search tasks assigned in interactive information retrieval experiments. The second edition of her book, “Applications of Social Research Methods to Questions in Information and Library Science,” is forthcoming in fall 2016. She teaches courses in various aspects of research methods, human information interactions, and information ethics.

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