Rachael Clemens

As an information scientist, my professional goals involve cultivating research in the area of human information behavior and decision-making within the context of personal crisis. In case you are not familiar with the term “human information behavior” – it is an umbrella concept encompassing the ways people seek information, perceive potential sources of information, engage with information, evaluate information, decide to trust information, dismiss or avoid information, as well as create and share information. I am interested in pursuing research that examines various contexts of personal crisis, particularly situations in which shame and social stigma may impede effective information seeking behavior and thus compromise informed decision-making behaviors.

Current projects include:

  • Research project on WhatsApp group as a social and collaborative information seeking virtual platform for Muslim women living abroad in the Middle East [in data analysis phase]
  • Chapter on information behavior and crisis decision-making for inclusion in a forthcoming textbook on modern adoption
  • Developing a model of information behavior in crisis contexts – pushing the boundaries of “Everyday Life Information Seeking” to better understand unique aspects of decision-making under duress of personal crisis
  • Preparing to teach Research Methods at SILS this spring! (draft syllabus)