Dr Rebekah Willson


Computer and Information Sciences

Personal statement

I am a lecturer in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences.

My research interests include information behaviour, information literacy, and evidence-based librarianship. I am a qualitative researcher particularly interested in the information behaviour of individuals who are in transition and information behaviour in the workplace.

I bring an international perspective to my research and teaching, doing my MLIS in Canada and my PhD in Australia.

You can find my full CV at https://rebekahwillson.com/contact/


Has expertise in:

    • Information behaviour
    • Information literacy and information literacy instruction
    • Evidence-based librarianship
    • Academic librarianship
    • Reference
    • Qualitative research methods


Transitions Theory and liminality in information behaviour research : applying new theories to examine the transition to early career academic
Willson Rebekah
Journal of Documentation, pp. 1-39 (2019)
Information technology and the humanities scholar : documenting digital research practices
Given Lisa M, Willson Rebekah
Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology Vol 69, pp. 807-819 (2018)
"Systemic Managerial Constraints" : How universities influence the information behaviour of HSS early career academics
Willson Rebekah
Journal of Documentation (2018)
Information in crisis : health & technology-related information behaviors of parents in emergency departments
Given Lisa M, Willson Rebekah, Albrecht Lauren, Scott Shannon
, pp. 1-10 (2016)
Watching young children 'play' with information technology : everyday life information seeking in the home
Given Lisa M, Winkler Denise Cantrell, Willson Rebekah, Davidson Christina, Danby Susan, Thorpe Karen
Library and Information Science Research Vol 38, pp. 344-352 (2016)
Parents as coresearchers at home : using an observational method to document young children's use of technology
Given Lisa M, Winkler Denise Cantrell, Willson Rebekah, Davidson Christina, Danby Susan, Thorpe Karen
International Journal of Qualitative Methods Vol 15, pp. 1-9 (2016)

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Research interests

My main areas of research interest include:

  • information behaviour
  • information literacy
  • evidence-based librarianship

Professional activities

Expectations and preparation: The transition from doctoral student to early career academic
Expectations and affect in the transition from doctoral student to early career academic
The experience of early career academics: The influence of governments, universities, and colleagues on academics’ work – and what we can do
What to expect when you’re expecting to be an academic – and how to prepare yourself for life after the PhD
Figuring out transitions: Using Transitions Theory to examine sense making during times of change
Information behaviour during transitions and liminal periods: Experiences of inclusion and exclusion

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Computer and Information Sciences
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