Rebekah (Becky) Willson

Academic title(s): 

Assistant Professor

Rebekah (Becky) Willson
Contact Information
514-398-4204 Ext. 3363
Email address: 
rebekah.willson [at]
  • PhD, School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University
  • MLIS, School of Library & Information Studies, University of Alberta
  • BA Honors (Psychology), University of Alberta


Graduate supervision: 

Philips Ayeni

Owen Stewart-Robertson


Professional activities: 

Editor: Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology

Immediate Past Chair: Special Interest Group - Needs, Seeking, Use (SIG-USE, ASIS&T)

Chair: Research Engagement Committee (ASIS&T)

Vice President: Canadian Association for Information Science


Research areas: 
Information interaction
Information literacy
Information behaviour
Evidence-based practice
Current research: 
2021–2023 SSHRC Insight Development Grant: Precarity and information marginalization: Exploring how academic casualization complicates workplace information practices. (Principal Investigator)
2021-2024 NSERC Alliance Grant: Defending our cyberspace: AI-powered search engine for cyber threat intelligence (Co-Investigator)
Selected publications: 

Rowley, K. & Willson, R. (2022). Scotland’s public libraries are nothing but practical when it comes to deselection. Library and Information Research. Advance online publication.

Willson, R. (2021). “Bouncing ideas” as a complex information practice: Information seeking, sharing, creation, and cooperation. Journal of Documentation. Advance online publication.

Willson, R. & Given, L. M. (2020). “I’m in sheer survival mode”: Information behaviour and affective experiences of early career academics. Library and Information Science Research, 42(2).

Willson, R. (2019). Transitions Theory and liminality in information behaviour research: Applying new theories to examine the transition to early career academic. Journal of Documentation, 75(4), 838-856. 

Willson, R. (2018). “Systemic Managerial Constraints”: How universities influence the information behaviour of HSS early career academics. Journal of Documentation, 74(4), 862-879. 

Given, L. M., & Willson, R. (2018). Information technology and the humanities scholar: Documenting digital research practices. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 69(6), 807-819. 

Given, L. M., Winkler, D. C., Willson, R., Davidson, C., Danby, S., & Thorpe, K. (2016). Watching young children ‘play’ with information technology: Everyday life information seeking in the home. Library & Information Science Research, 38(4), 344-352. 

Given, L. M., Winkler, D. C., Willson, R., Davidson, C., Danby, S., & Thorpe, K. (2016). Parents as co-researchers at home: Using an observational method to document young children’s use of technology. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 15(1). 

Given, L. M. & Willson, R. (2015). Collaboration, information seeking, and technology use: A critical examination of humanities scholars’ research practices. In P. Hansen, C. Shah, & K. Claus-Peter (Eds.) Collaborative information seeking: Best practices, new domains and new thoughts (pp. 139-164). New York: Springer-Verlag.  

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