About Angela Pollak
I am a qualitative researcher and social scientist trained in studying information and communication behaviour – how and why people seek, avoid, and share information, particularly in everyday life contexts including work, leisure, and maintenance activities. I am specifically interested in the ways people share information in remote, rural and blue collar environments, and how it builds resilience in individuals and communities. Much of this information is grounded in informal, oral traditions, with very few tangible artifacts to preserve the documentary record over generations. Community–based research and photo methods are a personal joy for me, and I approach research questions from an interdisciplinary, entrepreneurial, and often innovative perspective theoretically and methodologically. I have been teaching at the university level since 2007, most recently in the Master of Library and Information Science program at the School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta. I find that ideas with a humanist flavour appeal to me and therefore most inform my own practices in both research and teaching. I am incorrigibly practical, and continually look for ways to translate research into optimal outcomes for citizen stakeholders.