Caroline Haythornthwaite

Professor, Professor, Director, MS in Library and Information Science & MS LIS with School Media Specialization Programs

  • 5151 Citations
  • 31 h-Index
1982 …2019
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Personal profile

Professional Information

I joined the School of Information Studies, Syracuse University, in August 2016, following five years as Director of the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at The University of British Columbia, 14 years at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and an earlier career as a programmer and systems analyst.

At the School of Information Studies, as well as teaching, I will be taking up the position of Director of the MLIS program starting in August 2017.

Research Interests

My research explores the way interaction via computer media supports and affects work, learning, and social interaction. I examine how information is exchanged, knowledge is co-constructed, collaboration happens, and community forms in and in conjunction with online contexts. In most of this work I take a social network perspective, examining how relations between actors build into networks of exchange that form collective structures and social outcomes associated with teams, groups, communities, and crowds.

My research might be described under a broad label of internet research but comes together around two major themes:

  • Networks, Crowds and Communities. Taking a social network perspective to understand collective organizing, design and outcomes for online environments
  • Networked Learning. Examining the transformation in learning happening through networked interaction, resources and communities. Research addresses learning networks, the intersection of social networks, online networks and learning; learning analytics, harnessing the data traces from learning activities for insight into learning processes in formal and informal settings; and promoting an understanding of e-learning as a transformative moment in how, where, when and with whom we learn online.

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Research Output 1982 2019

Inaugural issue perspectives on Information and Learning Sciences as an integral scholarly Nexus

Reynolds, R., Chu, S., Ahn, J., Buckingham Shum, S., Hansen, P., Haythornthwaite, C., Huang, H., Meyers, E. M. & Rieh, S. Y., Jan 14 2019, In : Information and Learning Science. 120, 1-2, p. 2-18 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Learning systems
Information systems

Learning, connectivity and networks

Haythornthwaite, C., Jan 1 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Information and Learning Science.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

social network
human being
learning environment
2 Citations (Scopus)

Learning in the wild: coding for learning and practice on Reddit

Haythornthwaite, C., Kumar, P., Gruzd, A., Gilbert, S., Esteve Delle Valle, M. & Paulin, D., Jan 1 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Learning, Media and Technology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

social media
informal learning
lifelong learning

Learning in the wild: Coding Reddit for learning and practice

Kumar, P., Gruzd, A., Haythornthwaite, C., Gilbert, S., Esteve del Valle, M. & Paulin, D., Jan 3 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Activities 2009 2009

  • 1 Oral presentation

Organizing Around Documents and the Doing of Science

Steve Sawyer (Speaker), Carsten Oesterlund (Speaker), Caroline Haythornthwaite (Speaker), Elizabeth Kaziunas (Speaker), S. Hennagir-Barkas (Speaker), Kristen Link (Speaker)

Activity: Talk typesOral presentation


information science