University at Buffalo

Amy VanScoy

Amy VanScoy

Associate Professor 10 Months

INFORMATION SCIENCE


Specialty/Research Focus

Diversity; Information Science; Qualitative Research Methods

Contact Information
546 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: (716) 645-1487
vanscoy@buffalo.edu


Education and Training:
  • PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MLIS, University of Alabama
Awards and Honors:
  • ASIS&T SIG-USE Elfreda A. Chatman Research Award; Association of Information Science and Technology; 2019-10-01;
  • Teaching Innovation Award; University at Buffalo; 2018-11-01;
  • Research Paper Award; Beta Phi Mu/Library Research Round Table; 2017-03-21;
  • Graduate School of Education STAR Award for Teaching Excellence; Graduate School of Education; 2016-05-04;
Grants:
Grant:
  • Student Privacy in the Datafied Classroom: Researching Instructional Privacy Practices to Facilitate Privacy Advocacy Discussions; Federal; Institute of Museum and Library Services; Awarded; (09/01/2019-08/31/2022)
  • Including the Voice of Librarians of Color in Reference and Information Service Research; American Library Association; Awarded; (08/18/2014-12/31/2015)
Sponsored Research:
  • Information and the Lens of Leisure: Needs, Practices, and Resources over the Serious Leisure Career; Foundation and Research Organization; Association of Information Science and Technology; Awarded; (10/01/2019-10/31/2020)
Publications:
Journal Article:
  • Hicks, D. & VanScoy, A. (2019). Discourses of expertise in professional competency documents: Reference expertise as performance. Library Quarterly, 89(1), 34-52.
  • Jones, K.L.M & VanScoy, A. (2019). The syllabus as a critical document for student privacy in an age of learning analytics. Journal of Documentation, 75(6), 1333-1355.
  • VanScoy, A. & Bright, K. (2019). Articulating the experience of “uniqueness and difference” for librarians of color. Library Quarterly, 89(4), 285-297.
  • VanScoy, A. (2019). Conceptual and procedural knowledge: A framework for analyzing point-of-need information literacy instruction. Communications in Information Literacy, 13(2), 164-183.
  • Braddlee, D. & VanScoy, A. (2019). Bridging the chasm: Faculty support roles for academic librarians in the adoption of open educational resources, College & Research Libraries, 80(4), 426-449.
  • VanScoy, A. & Bright K. (2017). Including the voices of librarians of color in reference and information services research. Reference & User Services Quarterly, 57 (2) 104-114.
  • Bossaller, J., Burns, C. S. & VanScoy, A. (2017). Reconceiving time in reference and information services work: A qualitative secondary analysis. Journal of Documentation, 73(1), 2-17.
  • VanScoy, A. & Bright, K. (2016). Racial/ethnic matching in information intermediation. In Proceedings of ISIC, the Information Behaviour Conference, Zadar, Croatia, 20-23 September, 2016: Part 1, Information Research, 21(4).
  • VanScoy, A. & Fontana, C. (2016). How reference and information service is studied: Research approaches and methods. Library & Information Science Research, 38(2), 91-100.
  • VanScoy, A. (2016). Making sense of professional work: Metaphors for reference and information service. Library & Information Science Research, 38, 243-249.
  • VanScoy, A. & Evenstad, S. B. (2015). Interpretative phenomenological analysis for LIS research. Journal of Documentation, 71(2), 338-357.
Book Chapter:
  • VanScoy, A. (2019). Creating the future of reference service. In L.C. Smith & M. Wong (Eds.), Reference and Information Services: An Introduction (6th ed.). Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.
  • VanScoy, A. (2015). Uncertainty in reference and information service. Proceedings of ISIC, the Information Behaviour Conference, Leeds, UK.
Presentations:
Invited Lectures:
  • VanScoy, A. (15 March 2019). Values-based practice and scholarship: Re-framing our work for the digital age. First University of South Africa Biennial International Conference on Library and Information Science Research in Africa (UNILISA), Pretoria, South Africa.;
  • VanScoy, A. (20 March 2019). Student surveillance in the age of learning analytics: An analysis of library and information science syllabi. University of Pretoria, South Africa.;
  • VanScoy, A. (17 May 2017). Exploring experience through interpretative phenomenological analysis: Two studies of reference and information service from the practitioner perspective. Bar-Ilan University, Israel.;
  • VanScoy, A. (4 March 2016). Preparing students for contemporary reference practice. Western New York Library Resources Council Reference Conference, Buffalo, NY.;
Conferences:
  • Aharony, N., Bronstein, J., Fourie, I., Julien, H., VanScoy, A. (June 2019). The LIS professions: Building on the past to shape the future. Conceptions of Library and Information Science, 10th International Conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia.;
  • Conrad, L., Demasson, A., Gorichanaz, T. & VanScoy, A. (October 2019). Exploring card sort methods: Interaction and implementation for research, education, and practice. Annual Meeting of the Association of Information Science & Technology, Melbourne, Australia.;
  • Hicks, D., Cavanagh, M., & VanScoy, A. (March 2020). Social network analysis: Making public library communities visible. iConference, Boras, Sweden.;
  • VanScoy, A. (June 2019). Conceptualizing reference and information service using Q methodology. Conceptions of Library and Information Science, 10th International Conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia.;
  • VanScoy, A. (June 2019). Reconciling differing approaches to reference and information service with Q methodology. 47rd Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Information Science, Vancouver, Canada.;
  • VanScoy, A. (October 2019). “We bring the change to the people”: Using Q methodology to understand librarians’ views of social change in reference and information service. Research Applications in Information and Library Studies Conference, Canberra, Australia.;
  • VanScoy, A. (September 2019). Exploring reference and information service in a global information context. Association of Library and Information Science Education Annual Conference, Knoxville, TN.;
  • Hicks, D, VanScoy & Cavanagh, M. (10 November 2018). Using Twitter to Build Community?: A Social Network Analysis of Public Library Twitter Accounts. ASIS&T SIG-USE 18th Symposium, Vancouver, Canada.;
  • Jones, K.M.L., Crooks, R., McCoy, C, & VanScoy, A. (13 November 2018). Contexts, critiques, and consequences: A discussion about educational data mining and learning analytics. Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology, Vancouver, Canada.;
  • VanScoy, A. & Bright K. (14 June 2018). Challenges to diversity and inclusion for American librarians of color: Experiencing uniqueness and difference. Libraries in the Digital Age, Zadar, Croatia.;
  • VanScoy, A., Hicks, D. & Cavanagh, M. (1 June 2018). Understanding public libraries’ conversations: Promises and challenges of microblogging data. 46rd Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Information Science, Regina, Canada.;
  • VanScoy, A., Hicks, D., & Cavangh, M. (11 October 2018). What motivates Twitter users to engage with libraries? ISIC: the Information Behaviour Conference, Krakow, Poland.;
  • Bossaller, J., Budd, J., Corrado, E., Mitchell, E., Moulaison Sandy, H. & VanScoy, A. (31 October 2017). Making a case for open research: Implications for reproducibility and transparency. Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology, Arlington, VA.;
  • Jones, K.L.M. & VanScoy, A. (6 February 2018). Student Surveillance in the Age of Learning Analytics: An Inquiry into LIS Syllabi and Student Privacy Policies. Association of Library and Information Science Education Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado.;
  • Bossaller, J., Burns, C. S. & VanScoy, A. (28 May 2016). Advancing research for library and information science with qualitative secondary analysis. 8th International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries, London, UK.;
  • Hicks, D. & VanScoy, A. (18 January 2017). Discourses of expertise in professional competency documents: Communicating across communities. Association of Library and Information Science Education Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.;
  • VanScoy, A. & Bright, K. (19 January 2017). Listening to a diverse community to create an inclusive understanding of reference & information service. Association of Library and Information Science Education Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.;
  • VanScoy, A. & Bright, K. (21 September 2016). Racial/ethnic matching in information intermediation. ISIC: The Information Behaviour Conference, Zadar, Croatia.;
  • VanScoy, A., Bossaller, J. &Burns, C.S. (2 June 2017). Problems and promises of qualitative secondary analysis for research in information science. 45rd Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Information Science, Toronto, Canada;
  • Bossaller, J., Burns, C. S. & VanScoy, A. (27 May 2016). Advancing research for library and information science with qualitative secondary analysis. 8th International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries, London, UK.;
  • Hicks, D. & VanScoy, A. (24 June 2015). Information professionals’ reference and information practices as expertise or skill: An exploratory study. Information: Interactions and Impact Conference, Aberdeen, UK.;
  • VanScoy, A. & Burns, C. S. (3 June 2015). Time in the experience of reference and information services work. 43rd Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Information Science, Ottawa, Canada.;
  • VanScoy, A. & Son, J. W. (25 June 2015). Understanding professionals’ interventions in response to user errors and challenges. Information: Interactions and Impact Conference, Aberdeen, UK.;
  • VanScoy, A. (5 September 2014). Uncertainty in reference and information service. ISIC: The Information Behavior Conference, Leeds, UK.;
:
Activities:
Professional Service:
  • Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis Steering Committee – North America
    08/01/2016-06/01/2017
  • Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis Steering Committee – North America
    07/01/2016-05/19/2018
  • School Representative, Association of Library & Information Science Education
    06/02/2016-06/13/2017
  • Co-chair, Conference Panel Proposal Committee, ALISE Annual Conference
    01/01/2015-12/31/2015
  • School Representative, Association of Library & Information Science Education
    01/01/2014-05/31/2019
News:

    Contact Information

    546 Baldy Hall
    North Campus
    Phone: (716) 645-1487
    vanscoy@buffalo.edu