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Brian Griffin, PhD, MI

Howdy, I’m Brian Griffin.

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

My dissertation was a study of the practices of amateur classical musicians giving special attention to embodied information, practical knowledge, musicianship and identity, 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.

Recent Teaching

Surveillance & Privacy in Digital Society, Winter 2023, University of Toronto, Faculty of Information. Bachelor of Information Program.

Information Behaviour, Fall 2022, University of Toronto, Faculty of Information.

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.

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.

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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