Leslie Thomson

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I am a 5th-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--or, the informal information providers sharing about their skincare, makeup, fashion, food, fitness, relationships, school, careers, their everyday lives, and more in uploaded videos. What they do sits at the intersection of serious leisure and professional work, and adds several new dimensions to our thinking in the information and library science field. I am using a constructivist grounded theory approach to research this phenomenon.

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. 


Details of my dissertation research are coming soon! In the meantime, you can view my CV for recent works in this area.


Syllabi for the courses I've designed and taught in the past at UNC SILS, and am teaching in Fall 2018, are coming soon! In the meantime, you can view my CV for course titles and modes of instruction.


Details of proceedings and publications that I am currently authoring are coming... soon!