University at Buffalo

Valerie M. Nesset

Valerie M. Nesset

UBIT Faculty Fellow

Associate Professor 10 Months

INFORMATION SCIENCE


Specialty/Research Focus

Digital Media and Learning; Literacy; Information Science; 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. 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 currently the 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:
  • UBIT Faculty Fellow; UB Office of the CIO; 2017-09-25;
  • UBIT Faculty Fellow; Office of the CIO; 2017-09-01;
Grants:
Grant:
  • 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)
Publications:
Journal Article:
  • Nesset, V. (2019). A matter of conceptualization and representation: Teaching indexing concepts in the 21st century. The Indexer. 37(1), 49-54
  • Nesset, V. (2018). Indexing databases for our users, not ourselves. The Indexer, 36(3), 105-108.
  • Nesset, V. (2016). A look at classification and indexing practices for elementary school children: Who are we really serving? The Indexer. [Invited article previously published in CAIS 2010 proceedings]
  • Nesset, V. (2015). Using empirical data to refine a model for information literacy instruction for elementary school students. Information Research.http://www.informationr.net/ir/20-1/isic2/isicsp14.html#.VW9ruOthjKA
Book Chapter:
  • Nesset, V. & McVee, M. (2018). The Beginning, Acting, Telling (BAT) model: A visual framework for teaching digital literacy through inquiry and information seeking. In Ortlieb, E., Cheek, H. & Semingson, P. (Eds.) Literacy Research, Practice and Evaluation. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing. 215-231.
  • Nesset, V. (2014). Depicting the intersection between information-seeking behavior and information literacy in the research process: A model. In Bilal, D. & Beheshti, J. (Eds.) New directions in childrens' and adolescents' information behavior research. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing. 39-66.
Other:
  • Nesset, V. & Bible, J. B. (2018). The Faculty IT Liaison Program: Using participatory design to build possibilities with technology. In Proceedings of ICKM ’18: A Profession and Discipline of Action, November 9-10, Vancouver, BC. Denton, TX: University of North Texas.
  • 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)
  • Nesset, V. & Bible, B. (2018). Building understanding between users and designers through participatory design: The Bonded Design approach. In Lecture Notes in Computer Science: Proceedings of iConference ’18: Transforming Digital Worlds, March 25-28, Sheffield, UK. (pp. 515-520). Springer Publishing.
  • Nesset, V. & Bible, J. B. (2018). The Faculty IT Liaison Program: Using participatory design to build possibilities with technology. In Proceedings of ICKM ’18: A Profession and Discipline of Action, November 9-10, Vancouver, BC. Denton, TX: University of North Texas.
  • 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. (2018). The Beginning, Acting, Telling (BAT) model: Integrating information-seeking research and information literacy research. In Proceedings of ALISE ’18: The Expanding LIS Education Universe, February 6-9, Denver, CO.
  • Fournie, I. & Nesset, V. (2017). An exploratory review of research on cancer pain and information-related needs: What (little) we know. In Proceedings of ISIC, the Information Behaviour Conference, Zadar, Croatia, 20-23 September, 2016: Part 2. 22(1). Retrieved from: http://www.informationr.net/ir/22-1/isic/isic1621.html.
  • Nesset, V. (2017). A Community of practice learning framework approach to teaching the foundations of library and information science. In Proceedings of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Conference, 17-20 January, Atlanta, Georgia. (Extended Abstract)
  • Nesset, V. (2017). Aligning a model for teaching information literacy to elementary school students to the Common Core curriculum. In Proceedings of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Conference, 17-20 January, 2017, Atlanta, Georgia. (Poster abstract)
  • Bowler, L., Nesset, V., Abramovich, S., & Julien, H. (2016). Investigating the Family as a Community of (Digital) Practice: Where Do We Go From Here? In D. H. Michels and A. Pollak (Eds.) Information Science in our Communities: Reflections on our Work and the People, Places and Institutions Around Us: Proceedings of the Canadian Association for Information Science (CAIS). 1-3 June, 2016, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Presentations:
Invited Lectures:
  • Nesset, V. (2015). Online or out-of-line? Mobile technologies in the classroom. Keynote speaker for Open Mic: What Am I Doing in your Classroom? Digital Challenges, UB Libraries, April 1, 2015. http://www.buffalo.edu/digitalchallenges/events/past-events/Open-Mic-What-Am-I-Doing-in-Your-Classroom.html;
Conferences:
  • Nesset, V. & Bible, J. B. (2018). The Faculty IT Liaison Program: Using participatory design to build possibilities with technology. In Proceedings of ICKM ’18: A Profession and Discipline of Action, November 9-10, Vancouver, BC. Denton, TX: University of North Texas.;
  • 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);
  • Nesset, V. & Bible, B. (2018). Building understanding between users and designers through participatory design: The Bonded Design approach. In Lecture Notes in Computer Science: Proceedings of iConference ’18: Transforming Digital Worlds, March 25-28, Sheffield, UK. (pp. 515-520). Springer Publishing.;
  • Nesset, V. & Bible, J. B. (2018). The Faculty IT Liaison Project: Bonding through learner-centered design. Emerging Learning Design: From Learner Centered to Learner Experience (LX), May 31 - June 1, Montclair University, Montclair, New Jersey.;
  • Nesset, V. (2018). The Beginning, Acting, Telling (BAT) model: Integrating information-seeking research and information literacy research. In Proceedings of ALISE ’18: The Expanding LIS Education Universe, February 6-9, Denver, CO.;
  • Nesset, V. Validating a model for information literacy instruction for elementary school students: A study. Canadian Association for Information Science (CAIS Diversities on the data landscape: connecting information science with data studies, May 30 – June 1, University of Saskatchewan, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.;
  • Nesset, V. (2017). A Community of practice learning framework approach to teaching the foundations of library and information science. In Proceedings of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Conference, 17-20 January, Atlanta, Georgia. (Paper);
  • Nesset, V. (2017). Aligning a model for teaching information literacy to elementary school students to the Common Core curriculum. In Proceedings of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Conference, 17-20 January, 2017, Atlanta, Georgia. (Poster);
  • Nesset, V. (2017). Indexing for our users, not ourselves. Invited presentation at the Canadian Society of Indexers Conference, 2-3 June, Montreal, Quebec.;
  • Bowler, L., Nesset, V., Abramovich, S., & Julien, H. (In Press). Investigating the Family as a Community of (Digital) Practice: Where Do We Go From Here? In D. H. Michels and A. Pollak (Eds.) Information Science in our Communities: Reflections on our Work and the People, Places and Institutions Around Us: Proceedings of the Canadian Association for Information Science (CAIS). 1-3 June, 2016, Calgary, Alberta, Canada;
  • Nesset, V. (2014). Using empirical data to refine a model for information literacy instruction for elementary school students. Information Seeking in Context Conference (ISIC): The Information Behaviour Conference, September 2-5, Leeds, United Kingdom;
Activities:
Editorial and Review:
  • 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
  • Reviewer, Canadian Association for Information Science (CAIS) Conference
    02/01/2017-02/28/2017
  • Editor, Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science
    11/01/2015-05/25/2019
  • Member of Editorial Board: Library and Information Science Research
    07/01/2015-05/25/2019
  • Book Reviews Editor, Education for Information
    02/01/2011-06/03/2015
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    Contact Information

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