Lynn Westbrook, School of Information

autumnal forestMy research is in human information interaction with a focus on contextual factors and outcomes of individuals’ high-risk experiences.  Themes of community agencies (governmental, formal, social service), temporal pathways, individual information determinations, and decision-making run through my work.
I've published on intimate partner violence information issues, digital reference communication, mental model theory, interdisciplinary information seeking in Women's Studies, information literacy, and information needs analysis.
Currently I’m working on identifying means of understanding information expectations and choices that shape community ecologies in domestic violence, cervical cancer, and human trafficking. My work has generated a situated information model for intimate partner violence survivors, a professional toolkit for public librarians, information guidelines for law enforcement information materials, and analyses of first-responder information concerns.  

Lynn Westbrook, Associate Professor