Brittany Brannon

Research Support Specialist

Brittany Brannon

Brittany Brannon is a Research Support Specialist with OCLC’s Library Trends and User Research group, where she works on several multi-institutional research projects studying user information behavior, including the IMLS grant-funded project Researching Students’ Information Choices: Determining Identity and Judging Credibility in Digital Spaces.  

Brittany’s primary research interests are in information seeking behavior, academic research skills, and scholarly communication. She earned an MLIS at Kent State University, a Master’s in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Kansas, and a Bachelor’s in English Literature and Philosophy from Denison University. Before joining OCLC, she taught first-year composition, consulted with graduate students on their research and writing, and worked for an educational nonprofit.

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Publications

    How real is real enough? Participant feedback on a behavioral simulation used for information-seeking behavior research

    12 January 2022

    This paper assesses the realism of a behavioral simulation used to study the evaluation behavior of 175 students from fourth grade through graduate school. We assess realism through the examination of targeted participant feedback about what would have made the simulated environment and tasks more realistic to these participants. Based on this feedback, we reflect on decisions made in designing the simulation and offer recommendations for future studies interested in incorporating behavioral simulation in their research design.

    New Model Library: Pandemic Effects and Library Directions

    28 October 2021

    Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ixchel M. Faniel, Brittany Brannon, Joanne Cantrell, Christopher Cyr, Brooke Doyle, Peggy Gallagher, Kem Lang, Brian Lavoie, Janet Mason, and Titia van der Werf

    The COVID-19 pandemic impacted libraries of all types around the world, requiring library leaders to respond to rapidly shifting community and institutional needs. This briefing shares how leaders adapted during the pandemic and what they envision moving forward to help libraries plan strategically.

     

    Genre Containers: Building a Theoretical Framework for Studying Formats in Information Behavior

    26 October 2021

    Brittany Brannon, Amy G. Buhler, Tara Tobin Cataldo, Ixchel M. Faniel, Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Joyce Kasman Valenza, Christopher Cyr

    Prior studies have shown high-level differences in people's perception and use of various information formats. However, the lack of a coherent and theoretically informed framework of elements of format has inhibited a nuanced understanding of the role that formats play in information behavior. This paper draws on theories from the field of rhetoric and composition to ground the study of information format in a social constructivist perspective that foregrounds action in context. 

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Presentations

EBLIDA & OCLC Workshop

By Ton van Vlimmeren, Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Brittany Brannon, Titia van der Werf, Giuseppe Vitiello

New Model Library

By Brittany Brannon, Lynn Silipigni Connaway Ph.D., Jan Simane, Titia van der Werf

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