Leanne Bowler


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Leanne Bowler, PhD, is an associate professor at the School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, where she leads the specialization in children and youth. Her research and teaching interests lie in the area of youth information interaction, with a focus on new media literacies and their relationship to intrapersonal knowledge and metacognitive practices. Her course, Technology in the Lives of Children and Youth, received the 2012 ALISE-Pratt-Severn Award for innovation in incorporating evolving information technologies in the curricula of accredited Master degree programs in library and information studies.

In her youth-focused research, Dr. Bowler has investigated young peoples’ perspectives on mean and cruel online behavior. A paper reporting on the project was presented at the 2014 iConference in Berlin and received the Lee Dirks Best Paper prize, an award sponsored by Microsoft Research. Other research includes the Teen Health Information project, supported by the OCLC-ALISE Library and Information Science Research Grant, and the “Mindful Making” project, supported by a Remake Learning Fellowship.

Dr. Bowler received her PhD and two master degrees (MLS, MEd) from McGill University, in Montréal, Canada and has worked as an information professional in a variety of settings, including public and academic libraries, and patient resource centers in hospitals.

For more information, visit Dr. Bowler’s web site: http://www.ischool.pitt.edu/people/bowler.php