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Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Faculty Profiles

Abby Goodrum

Technology in Practice

University   Ryerson University
E-Mail Address   agoodrum@ryerson.ca
Phone Number   (416) 979-5000 ext. 7866
Office Location   RCC 305
Office Hours   TBA


Education

B.S., Radio, Television & Film, (University of Texas), M.S., Library and Information Science (University of Texas), Ph.D., Information Science, (University of North Texas)

Biography

Professor Goodrum holds the Velma Rogers Graham Research Chair in News Media and Technology and is Associate Professor in the School of Journalism at Ryerson University. Abby came to Ryerson from Syracuse University, where she was faculty in the School of Information Studies as well as a research scientist at the Information Institute of Syracuse and research associate with the Convergence Center for Communication and Media Studies. While on leave in 2004/05 she was a visiting research professor at the Canadian Centre of Arts and Technology, University of Waterloo. Prior to embarking on her academic career, Abby worked for the Cable News Network (CNN), where she provided research for news and feature production staff at eight domestic and sixteen international bureaus.

She has authored or co-authored a book and more than thirty-five book chapters, journal articles and refereed conference papers. Abby also sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Society for Information Science & Technology and the Annual Review of Information Science & Technology.

Research Interests

Information seeking behavior in multimedia environments. Image seeking, retrieval, and use. Visual communication. The relationship of information and communications technology to information seeking and information dissemination. New information and communications technologies and the practice of journalism and information narrative.

Selected Publications

I can’t tell you what I want, but I’ll know it when I see it. Terminological disconnects in digital image retrieval. RUSQ Fall 2005, Vol. 45 no. , pg 46-53

Surrogation, mediation and collaboration: Access to digital images in cultural heritage institutions. In Kapitzke, C., & Bruce, B. C. (Eds.) New libr@ries and Knowledge spaces: Critical perspectives on information and education. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. 2006

Terrorism or civil disobedience: Toward a hacktivist ethic (with Mark Manion). In Spinello, R. & Tavani, H. (Eds.) Readings in Cyberethics. Jones and Bartlett Publishers. 2001

 

 

 

 

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Harold [Innis] taught us how to use the bias of culture and communication as an instrument of research. By directing attention to the bias, or distorting power of the dominant imagery and technology of any culture, he showed us how to understand cultures.
~ Marshall McLuhan