2011 Conference on Information and Religion

First Annual Conference on Information and Religion Brenda Dervin, Ph.D.

The Center for the Study of Information and Religion (CSIR) hosted its First Annual Conference on Information and Religion on May 20, 2011, with the theme "Research Frontiers in the Study of Information and Religion."

Renowned scholar Brenda Dervin, Ph. D., professor of communication and Joan N. Huber Fellow in Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Ohio State University, delivered the keynote address on "Spiritual Knowledge," discussing the role of religion in sense-making. Dervin is widely credited for research that launched the "user-oriented" approach in library and information science studies, which also has been applied in other disciplines, such as health communication, communication policy, the arts, religion and spirituality, and organizational communication.

Select papers from the conference are published in ASIR: Advances in the Study of Information and Religion, an online, open access publication available on the Kent State University Libraries website and cataloged on OhioLINK.

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