Rebekah (Becky) Willson

Academic title(s): 

Assistant Professor

Contact Information
Email address: 
rebekah.willson [at] mcgill.ca
Degree(s): 
  • PhD, School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University
  • MLIS, School of Library & Information Studies, University of Alberta
  • BA Honors (Psychology), University of Alberta
Professional activities: 

Chair Elect: SIG USE (ASIS&T)

Research areas: 
Information interaction
Information literacy
Information behaviour
Evidence-based practice
Selected publications: 

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. https://doi.org/10.1108/JD-12-2018-0207 

Willson, R. (2018). “Systemic Managerial Constraints”: How universities influence the information behaviour of HSS early career academics. Journal of Documentation, 74(4), 862-879. https://doi.org/10.1108/JD-07-2017-0111 

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. https://doi.org/10.1002/asi.24008 

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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.lisr.2016.11.007 

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). https://doi.org/10.1177/1609406915621403 

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. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-18988-8_8