University at Buffalo

Amy VanScoy

Amy VanScoy

Associate Professor

INFORMATION SCIENCE


Specialty/Research Focus

Information Science; Library Science; Information behavior; Information practices; Diversity; Global Issues; 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;
Recent Publications:
Journal Article:
  • Hicks, D., Cavanagh, M., & VanScoy, A. (2020). Social network analysis: An approach for understanding public libraries and their communities. Library & Information Science Research, 42(3).
  • VanScoy, A., Thomson, L., Hartel, J. (2020). Applying theory in practice: The Serious Leisure Perspective and public library programming. Library & Information Science Research.
  • Hicks, D. & VanScoy, A. (2019). Discourses of expertise in professional competency documents: Reference expertise as performance. Library Quarterly, 89(1), 34-52.
  • VanScoy, A. & Bright, K. (2019). Articulating the experience of “uniqueness and difference” for librarians of color. Library Quarterly, 89(4), 285-297.
Book Chapter:
  • VanScoy, A. (2020). Creating the future of reference service. In L.C. Smith & M. Wong (Eds.), Reference and Information Services: An Introduction (6th ed.). (pp. 717-732). Libraries Unlimited.
Recent Presentations:
Conferences:
  • Jones, K.M.L., Hinchliffe, L., Peters, M., & VanScoy, A. (April 2021). Privacy and learning analytics: A findings-based multi-stakeholder discussion. ACRL National Conference, online.;
  • Jones, K.M.L., VanScoy, A, Bright, K. & Harding, A. (January 2021). Do they even care? Measuring instructor value of student privacy in the context of learning analytics. In Proceedings of the 54th Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences (HICSS), 1529–1537.;
  • Vanscoy, A., Julien, H., & Harding, A. (August 2020). Encouraging convergence of information behaviour theory and information services education. 48th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Information Science, online.;
  • Vanscoy, A., Julien, H., & Harding, A. (October 2020). The potential to transform: Information behavior theory and reference service professional education. Association of Library and Information Science Education Annual Meeting, online.;
  • Vanscoy, A., Julien, H., & Harding, A. (September 2020). Diffusion of information behaviour theory into education for reference service. ISIC: The Information Behaviour Conference, online.;
Recent 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)
Recent 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
    01/01/2014-05/28/2021
Recent Editorships:
Editorship:
  • Editorial Board; Library and Information Science Research
    06/01/2018-05/01/2020

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Contact Information

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