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Leanne Bowler
Leanne Bowler Associate Professor

Research Interests

Children and youth information interaction in relation to metacognitive practices and the critical creation and use of information and information technology; Health information behavior of children and youth; Non-formal, interest-driven learning in cultural institutions (libraries, archives, museums) and with new media; Methods of co-design/participatory design of technology for children and youth.

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Recent Publications

Articles, Conference Papers, and Posters


Bowler, L., Acker, A., Jeng, W. & Chi, Y. (2017). “It lives all around us”: Aspects of Data Literacy in Teen’s Lives. 80th ASIS&T Annual Meeting. Diversity of Engagement: Connecting People and Information in the Physical and Virtual Worlds. October 27-November 1, 2017. Washington, D.C. (Paper)

Acker, A. & Bowler, L. (2017). What is Your Data Silhouette? Raising Teen Awareness of their Data Traces in Social Media. Social Media and Society International Conference, July 28-30, 2017. (Paper)

Chapters in Books


Bowler, L. (2016). Investigating Young People's Information Interactions in Social Media (“Voices of Experts”). In, Connaway, L. & Radford, M. (Eds). Research Methods in Library and Information Science, 6th Edition. Libraries Unlimited, pp. 228-229.

Recent Presentations and Interactive Sessions


Bowler, L. (2017). Maker Spaces as a Space for the Development of Critical Technical Practices. Library 2.017 Worldwide Virtual Conference - Makerspaces. Hosted by the Library 2.0 Network, San Jose University, and Follett Publishers. October 11, 2017. (Key note address)

Bowler, L. (2017). Raising Teen Awareness of Data Traces: A Youth Data Literacy Project. Social Media Lab. Ryerson University. Toronto, Canada. October 2017. (Invited speaker).

Bowler, L. & Wilson, T. (2017). Youth Data Literacy: Exploring Data Worlds at the Public Library. Context 2017: Tech and Data Fluency for Teaching and Learning. Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA October 2-4, 2017. Hosted by the Community Robotics, Education and Technology Empowerment Lab (CREATE Lab) at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute.

Bowler, L., Julien, H. & Haddon, L. (2017). Exploring Youth Information-Seeking Behaviour and Mobile Technologies Through a Secondary Analysis of Qualitative Data: Methodological Approaches. Information: Interactions & Impacts (i3) Conference, June 27-30, 2017, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland.

Bowler, L. (2017). Modeling the Metamemory of Information Seekers Through Visual Metaphor. Information: Interactions & Impacts (i3) Conference, June 27-30, 2017, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen Scotland.

Bowler, L. (2017). “Why do you make things?” Question prompts as a tool to support mindful making in library maker spaces. CAIS-ACSI 2017: The Warp & Weft of Knowledge: Information Threads Connecting Disciplines, Identities, and Perspectives. May 31-June 2, 2017. Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.

Kyungwon K., Abbas, J., Bowler, L., Moorefield-Lang, H., Willett, R. (2017). Makerspaces in Libraries: Creating Change through Active Partnerships with Communities and Civil Society. ALISE 2017: Community Engagement and Social Responsibility, January 17-20, 2017. Atlanta, Georgia.