Leslie Thomson

I am a 4th-year Ph.D. student and course instructor studying information science in the School of Information and Library Science, at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill,  I am advised by Dr. Barbara Wildemuth.

My current research focuses on the information creating activities of serious beauty and lifestyle YouTubers--those informal information providers who share tacitly about their everyday lives in uploaded videos. What they do sits at the intersection of leisure and work, and adds new dimensions to our thinking in the information and library science field. 

I earned a Master of Information Studies (MISt.) degree from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Information in Spring 2010. There, I completed a thesis--an ethnographic study of professionals’ information practices in home offices--under the supervision of Dr. Jenna Hartel. After graduating from this program, I worked for 3 years as a full-time librarian at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, where I was able to combine my information enthusiasm with service and instruction opportunities. 

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