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Denise Agosto

Professor

Information Science

Dr. Agosto's research interests include youth information behaviors, public libraries, multicultural issues in youth library services, and qualitative research methods. She is responsible for teaching in four areas: youth resources, public libraries, information resources and services, and qualitative research methods.

Education

  • PhD, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, School of Information
  • MLIS, The University of Texas at Austin, Graduate School of Library & Information Science
  • BS (magna cum laude), Georgetown University; Double major: Linguistics and Portuguese

Research/Teaching Interests

Information behavior, public libraries, social networks, gender, children, and teens

Select Publications

  • Agosto, D. E., & Abbas, J. (2016). “Don’t be dumb— That’s the rule I try to live by”: A closer look at older teens’ online privacy and safety attitudes. New Media & Society.
  • Agosto, D. E., Magee, R. M., Dickard, M., & Forte, A.  (2016).  Teens, technology, and libraries: An uncertain relationship.  Library Quarterly. Winner of the 2016 ALISE/Bohdan S. Wynar Research Paper Award.
  • Agosto, D. E., Bell, J. P., Bernier, A., & Kuhlmann, L. M. (2015).  “This is our library, and it’s a pretty cool place”: A user-centered study of public library YA spaces.  Public Library Quarterly, 34, 23-43.
  • Agosto, D. E., Abbas, J. (2013). Youth and online social networking: What do we know so far? In J. Beheshti & A. Large (Eds.), The information behavior of a new generation: Children and teens in the 21st century (pp. 117-141). Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.
  • Agosto, D. E. (2013). Envisaging young adult librarianship from a teen-centered perspective. In A. Bernier (Ed.), Transforming young adult services (pp. 33-52). Chicago: Neal-Schuman.
  • Agosto, D. E., Abbas, J., & Naughton, R. (2012). Relationships and social rules: Teens’ social network and other ICT selection practices. Journal of the American Society for Information Science & Technology, 63, 1108-1124.
  • Agosto, D. E., & Abbas, J. (2010.) High school seniors’ social network and other ICT preferences and concerns. Proceedings of the 2010 American Society for Information Science & Technology Annual Meeting (ASIS&T), in Pittsburgh, PA, October 22-27, 2010, 47(1), 1-10.
  • Agosto, D. E. (2007.) Why do teens use libraries? Results of a public library use survey. Public Libraries, 46(3), 55-62.
  • Agosto, D. E., & Hughes-Hassell, S. (2006). Toward a model of the everyday life information needs of urban teenagers: Part 1, theoretical model. Journal of the American Society for Information Science & Technology, 57, 1394-1403.
  • Agosto, D. E. (2005). The digital divide and public libraries: A first-hand view. Progressive Librarian: A Journal for Critical Studies & Progressive Politics in Librarianship, 25, 23-27.
  • Agosto, D. E. (2004). Design vs. content: A study of adolescent girls’ website design preferences. International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 14, 245-260.
  • Agosto, D. E. (2002). Bounded rationality and satisficing in young people's Web-based decision making. Journal of the American Society for Information Science & Technology, 53, 16-27.

Grant Awards

  • 2015-5017 Research Fellowship in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  
  • Agosto, D. E., & Abbas, J. A New Role for Libraries: Promoting Teens' Safety and Security in the Digital Age. Project sponsor: OCLC/ALISE, $15,000. Funding period: January 2014–December 2014.
  • Agosto, D. E., & Forte, A. Libraries and the Social Web: Developing the Next Generation of Youth Information Services. Project sponsor: The Institute for Museum & Library Studies, $378,014. Funding period: December 2011–November 2014. Project website: http://youthonline.ischool.drexel.edu/.
  • Project ethnographer for: Bernier, A. Making Space for Young Adults in Public Libraries. Project sponsor: The Institute for Museum & Library Studies. Funding period: December 2010 - November 2013.
  • 2009 Drexel University Intra-College Administrative Apprenticeship. Funded by the Drexel University Provost’s Office.
  • 2007 Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award.
  • Abels, E., Agosto, D. E., Mon, L., & Holland, M. A Virtual Learning Laboratory for Digital Reference: Transforming the Internet Public Library. Project sponsor: The Institute for Museum & Library Studies, $613,478. Funding period: July 2007 - June 2010.
  • Abels, E., Agosto, D. E., & Mon, L. Remote Reference in Practice and in the Classroom. ALISE Research Grant Competition, 2007.
  • Agosto, D. E., & Hughes-Hassell, S. Everyday Life Information Seeking Behavior of Urban Young Adults. Project sponsor: The Institute for Museum & Library Studies, $233,056. Funding period: October 2002- September 2005.
  • Project researcher for Leading Young Women to the Sciences and Technology, Part II. PI: Ellen Mappen, Douglass Project, Rutgers. Project sponsor: Toyota Foundation, USA, $185,000. Funding period: 1999-2002.
  • Beta Phi Mu Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 2000-2001.
  • Doctoral Students to ALISE Award, 2001.

Awards & Recognition

  • 2016 ALISE/Bohdan S. Wynar Research Paper Award for Agosto, D. E., Magee, R. M., Dickard, M., & Forte, A. “Teens, Technology, and Libraries: An Uncertain Relationship.”
  • 2015 ASIS&T Thomson Reuters Outstanding Information Science Teacher of the Year Award.
  • Honorable Mention Award for: Forte, A., Dickard, M., Magee, R. M. & Agosto, D. E.  “What do teens ask their online social networks? Social search practices among high school students,” refereed paper at The 17th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2014), Baltimore, MD, February 18, 2014 (pp. 28-37).
  • 2011 ALISE Award for Teaching Excellence in the Field of Library and Information Science Education.
  • ASIS&T SIG USE Best Information Behavior Conference Paper Award for: Agosto, D. E., & Abbas, J. (2010.) High school seniors’ social network and other ICT preferences and concerns. Proceedings of the 2010 American Society for Information Science & Technology Annual Meeting (ASIS&T), in Pittsburgh, PA, October 22-27, 2010.
  • 2010 ALISE Best Paper Award for: Gunawardena, S., Weber, R., & Agosto, D. E. (2010). Finding that Special Someone: Modeling Collaboration in an Academic Context. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 51.
  • Drexel University 2007 Outstanding Contribution to Online Learning Award.
  • Guest scholar and doctoral student mentor, University of Texas at Austin School of Information, May 9, 2007.
  • Guest scholar and doctoral student mentor, Indiana University's Summer Research Seminar Indiana, June 17, 2005.
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Beta Phi Mu
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Rutgers University Teaching Assistantship, 1997-2000.
  • Muse Scholarship, University of Texas at Austin Graduate School of Library & Information Science, 1992-1993.
  • Linguistics Salutatorian, Georgetown University, 1991.
  • Special Award for High Achievement in Major Concentration, Georgetown University, 1991.
  • Elks Scholarship, national winner, 1987.

Professional Activities & Associations

  • American Library Association (ALA) -- Division memberships:
    • Library Research Round Table (LRRT)
    • Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)
  • American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) -- Division memberships:
    • Information Seeking and Use (SIG USE)
  • Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) -- Division memberships:
    • ALISE Youth Services SIG
  • Beta Phi Mu