University at Buffalo

Valerie M. Nesset

Valerie M. Nesset

UBIT Faculty Fellow

Associate Professor

INFORMATION SCIENCE


Specialty/Research Focus

Information Science; Information behavior; Information practices; Information literacy; Digital Media and Learning; Digital literacy; Literacy; Information Literacy; Online and Distance Learning; Qualitative Research Methods

Contact Information
544 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: (716) 645-2412
vmnesset@buffalo.edu


Professional Summary:

My research agenda focuses on two areas: 1)The continued development of the participatory design methodology, Bonded Design which is used to foster meaningful communication between two disparate groups. Currently, it is being used as the framework for the Faculty IT Liaison Program which unites UB faculty members and IT professional staff in the shared experience of the design team to encourage innovation to better meet faculty technology needs. In recognition of my work with UBIT, I was appointed the UBIT Faculty Fellow in 2017. I have received a $451,667 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to investigate Bonded Design as a means to help public librarians and older adults collaborate to create targeted programming 2) The intersection between information-seeking behavior and information literacy, specifically with elementary school students where I used empirical evidence attained through working directly with young students and teachers to design a process model – Beginning, Acting, Telling (BAT) for teaching information literacy knowledge and skills in the classroom. An added benefit of the model is the encouragement of meaningful collaboration between school librarians and teachers. I am the former editor of the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science and on the editorial boards of Library and Information Science Research and the Indexer.

Education and Training:
  • PhD, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec (2009)
  • MLIS, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec (2002)
  • BA, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario (1982)
Awards and Honors:
  • GSE STAR Service Award; Graduate School of Education; 2019-05-10;
  • UBIT Faculty Fellow; Office of the VP-CIO; 2017-09-01;
Recent Publications:
Book:
  • Nesset, V. & Bible, J. B. (2020). Synergy through diversity: Creating innovation through Bonded Design. ISIC 2020, the Information Behavior Conference, September 28 – October 1, Virtual. (Workshop)
Journal Article:
  • Nesset, V. (2019). A matter of conceptualization and representation: Teaching indexing concepts in the 21st century. The Indexer. 37(1), 49-54
Other:
  • Nesset, V. (2020). Using universal instructional design to teach the fundamentals of LIS. Proceedings of ALISE’20: Transforming LIS Education in an Interconnected World. October 13-23, Virtual.
  • Nesset, V., Bible, J. B. & Vanderschantz, N. (2020). The evolution of Bonded Design: From elementary school to higher education. In Sundqvist, A., Berget, G., Nolin, J. & Skjerdingstad, J. I. (Eds.) Sustainable Digital Communities. iConference 2020. March 23-26, Boras, Sweden. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer Publishing. 12051, 892-900.
  • Nesset, V. (2018). Researching the researchers: Gathering data on academics’ use of technology. In Proceedings of the Canadian Association for Information Science (CAIS): Diversities on the Data Landscape: Connecting Information Science with Data Studies, May 30 – June 1, 2018, Regina, SK. Retrieved from: https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/ojs.cais-acsi.ca/index.php/cais-asci/article/view/985.
Recent Presentations:
Invited Lectures:
  • Nesset, V. (2021). Teaching LIS fundamentals in a changing discipline. LIS Pedagogy Chat, May 7, 2021. ALISE (Webinar);
Conferences:
  • Nesset, V., Bible, J. B. & Vanderschantz, N. (2020). The evolution of Bonded Design: From elementary school to higher education. In Sundqvist, A., Berget, G., Nolin, J. & Skjerdingstad, J. I. (Eds.) Sustainable Digital Communities. iConference 2020. March 23-26, Boras, Sweden. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer Publishing. 12051, 892-900.;
  • Nesset, V. & Bible, J. B. (2019). Bonded Design in the university: Faculty and information technology professionals bonding through participatory design. In Proceedings of ALISE’19: Exploring Learning in a Global Information Context. September 24-26, Knoxville, TN.;
  • Nesset, V. (2018). Researching the researchers: Gathering data on academics’ use of technology. In Proceedings of the Canadian Association for Information Science (CAIS): Diversities on the Data Landscape: Connecting Information Science with Data Studies, May 30 – June 1, 2018, Regina, SK. Retrieved from: https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/ojs.cais-acsi.ca/index.php/cais-asci/article/view/985.;
  • Nesset, V., Bible, J. B. & Ternowski, R. (2018). The faculty IT Liaison project: Bonding through learner-centered design. Emerging Learning Conference ’18, May 31 – June 1. Montclair, NJ. (Workshop);
Recent Grants:
Grant:
  • Producing Productive Public Library Programming for Older Adults: A Participatory Design Approach; Federal; Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS); Awarded; (09/01/2019-08/31/2023)
  • Producing Productive Public Library Programming for Older Adults: A Participatory Design Approach; Federal; Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS); Awarded; (09/01/2019-08/31/2022)
  • Developing Curriculum Support for a Model for Information Literacy Instruction for Elementary School Students; Local; UB Civic Engagement and Public Policy; Awarded; (12/09/2014-12/09/2015)
Sponsored Research:
  • Spinal Ultrasound: Creating an Accredited Online Continuing Education Module for Practicing Anesthesiologists; University of Toronto Department of Anesthesia; Awarded; (07/01/2015-06/30/2017)
Recent Activities:
Editorial and Review:
  • Editorial Board - Library & Information Science Research
    07/01/2019-06/30/2020
  • Editorial Board - The Indexer
    07/01/2019-06/30/2020
  • Editorial Board - Canadian Journal for Information Science
    07/01/2019-06/30/2020
  • Reviewer on Grant Panel, National Science Foundation
    04/01/2017-04/30/2017
  • Reviewer, Canadian Association for Information Science (CAIS) Conference
    02/01/2017-02/28/2017

Contact Information

544 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: (716) 645-2412
vmnesset@buffalo.edu