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Brian Griffin, PhD, MI

Howdy, I’m Brian Griffin.

I am a scholar and educator working in Toronto. My research interests and teaching expertise are in the sociocultural implications of information and communication technologies, social informatics, history and sociology of library and information science, political economy of information, critical perspectives of information, and information in everyday life.

My dissertation was an ethnographic study of the information practices of amateur classical musicians giving special attention to embodied information, practical knowledge, and unspoken understanding between musicians.

I am also a Master of information, with a specialization in critical information studies, and I have a Bachelor's degree in anthropology.

Read more about my research publications, see my Curriculum Vitae, or contact me by email.

Latest Contributions

“Ethnography Kaleidoscope in Library and Information Science.” Discussion Panel with Jenna Hartel, Bharat Mehra, Jenaya Webb, Rebecca Noone, Hugh Samson, and Danielle Cooper. CAIS 2022.

Recent Teaching

Surveillance & Identity, Summer 2022, University of Toronto, Faculty of Information.

Research Methods, Winter 2022, University of Toronto, Faculty of Information.

Political Economy & Cultural Studies of Information, Winter 2021, University of Toronto, Faculty of Information.

Select Publications

Introduction: Information and the body

What every body knows: Embodied information in serious leisure

Scientific progress or organizational innovation? A comparison of two turns in Library and Information Science

Metatheory or methodology? Ethnography in library and information science

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