11-09-15

Emad Khazraee Lecture | November 13

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This week we welcome Emad Khazree to our Fall Lecture Series. Emad is a Sociotechnical Information Scientist and Assistant Professor in the College of Communication and Information Sciences at Kent State University. His talk is titled,  Mapping Digital Divide: Spatial Analysis of Information Access and Socio-Demographic Variables in the City of Philadelphia. 

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This study is an attempt to spatially identify areas where provision of public library and information services are insufficient, by mapping the spatial distribution of inequity of access to information services in Philadelphia. GIS techniques were applied to investigate the existence of a relationship between spatial orientation, socio-economic factors and information access. The findings of this study suggest the existence of a spatial pattern in relation to disparity in the distribution of information resources in Philadelphia. A secondary analysis utilized the aforementioned findings to assess the existence of patterns of library service provision on a limited data set. The results of analyses indicate that in the disadvantaged areas of Philadelphia, public libraries play the role of Internet access gateways. The findings can be used to better locate the future public library and information service centers in the city of Philadelphia.

Emad Khazraee has held a Post-Doctoral research fellow position at the Center for Global Communication Studies (CGCS) at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania (2014-2015). He received his Ph.D. in Information Studies from College of Computing and Informatics, Drexel University. His research is formed around the interplay between social and technical phenomena. Currently, he is studying the relationship between digital technologies, new media and social change. Emad is studying the cultural differences in new media use and the relationship between social change and digital technologies. Relying on sociotechnical approaches to social media studies and conceptual frameworks developed in Science Technology Studies (STS), he is exploring the role of social media in social transformations. Emad also received his Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Tehran. In addition to practicing as an architect in Iran, he worked in the preservation of historical monuments and sites before joining the Encyclopaedia of Iranian Architectural History (EIAH) in 2006, where he was the director of the IT Department (2006-2009), with the goal of creating infrastructure for meaningful integration of information technology into cultural heritage practices.

The lecture will be held at the CUDC from 12-1 PM. As always, free and open to the public.

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