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Using an online survey, this research explores public opinion related to ethical concerns and the portrayal of human-like characteristics by Virtual Assistants (VAs), such as Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa. This research is centered around two research questions: 1) What ethical concerns, if...
Networking Albertan Literary History, 1975-1979: A Bibliographic and Social Network AnalysisDownload
Can a bibliographic network identify the major characteristics of a corresponding social network, and what can those networks reveal about Albertan literary history in the 1970s? By combining bibliometric network methods with social network analysis, this thesis attempts to answer the above...
This project studied the practice of information sharing in the context of online communities devoted to the preservation of video game mods. My research investigates how these fan communities share and archive challenging content, and how they react to the potential and actual loss of these...
Digital libraries are online environments for organizing, sharing, and providing access to resources in digital form. Ideally, their content, functionality, organization, and metadata should reflect the needs, interests, and contexts of the communities they are meant to serve. Indigenous...
Established in 2007 by the Organization for Transformative Works, the Archive of Our Own (AO3) is a fan fiction archive that hosts over three million fan works, consisting mostly of fan fiction. It has become an active hub of fan activity, making it an ideal object of study as a current...
The Body as Information: An Emergent Theory of Social Positioning and Information Behaviours in a Virtual Diet CommunityDownload
The intersection of diet culture with the rise of online communities has led to the rapid growth of virtual diet communities, including the LoseIt community on Reddit. Using a conceptual framework of information behaviours in virtual communities and social positioning theory, this project studied...
Educating and Empowering Teen Activists in Public Libraries: A Case Study of the Impact of Reading on Young Adult Social Justice ActionsDownload
In recent years, young adult (YA) fiction has, like its Generation Z audience, turned to social justice issues and activism. At the same time, the discussion of social responsibility in librarianship has begun to include human rights and social justice. This thesis investigates the relationships...
My thesis examines how digital community heritage projects use care practices based in community participation and co-creation to build a care-based collection model. These grassroots initiatives aim to gather and document community history by engaging community members in the collection building...
In the months leading up to the 2016 election in the United States, YouTube’s recommendation algorithm decidedly favored pro-Trump videos, fake news and conspiracy theories. In this thesis, I question whether such bias is present in the context of the 2019 federal election in Canada. To do so, I...
This research project collected a sample of nine single-authored websites of classical mythology in order to determine whether they could be conceived of as a serious leisure activity under Robert A. Stebbins' Serious Leisure Perspective. Data was manually collected from these websites using a...