Gunilla Widén Gunilla Widén

Gunilla Widén is Professor of Information Studies at Åbo Akademi University (ÅAU) from where she received her PhD in Information Science in 2001. She is Docent in Information Management at University of Tampere and member of the Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters since 2016. During 2004–05 she was visiting researcher at School of Computing, Edinburgh Napier University. She is head of the library programme at ÅAU with the responsibility to educate Swedish speaking librarians and experts in library and information services in Finland. Focusing the role of the libraries in supporting an equal information society is an important part of the education.  Her research interests are within two main areas; knowledge management and information behavior. The aim of the knowledge management research is to understand motives behind information and knowledge sharing using e.g. information culture and social capital theory. The aim of her information behavior research is to explore how social media affect information behavior among different groups in society. She has studied e.g. emotions connected to social media use among the digital youth and also generational differences will be targeted. She has lead two large research projects financed by Academy of Finland investigating key skills in information society as well as various aspects of social media and a changing information behavior (2006-14). She has published widely in her areas of expertise and been appointed expert in several evaluation committees.


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