Publications

2007
Mehra B, Srinivasan R. The Library-Community Convergence Framework for Community Action: Libraries as Catalysts of Social Change. Libri: International Journal of Libraries and Information Services. 2007;57(3).
Mehra B, Braquet D. Process of Information Seeking during “Queer” Youth Coming-Out Experiences. In: Chelton MK, Cool C Youth Information Seeking Behaviors: Contexts, Theories, Models and Issues. Toronto, Canada: Scarecrow Press; 2007. pp. 93-131.
Mehra B, Braquet D. Process of Information Seeking during “Queer” Youth Coming-Out Experiences. In: Youth Information Seeking Behaviors: Contexts, Theories, Models and Issues. Toronto, Canada: Scarecrow Press; 2007.
Mehra B, Braquet D, White E, Weaver R, Hodge D. A Website Analysis of the University of Tennessee’s Peer Institutions to Assess their Support of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People. University of Tennessee; 2007. Website
Rioux K, Albright K, Mehra B. Conceptualizing Social Justice in the Information Sciences. 70th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science & Technology 2007: Joining Research and Practice: Social Computing and Information Science. 2007;44.
Mehra B, Bishop AP. Cross-Cultural Perspectives of International Doctoral Students: Two-Way Learning in Library and Information Science Education. International Journal of Progressive Education [Internet]. 2007;3(1). WebsiteAbstract
This paper draws upon a case study of library and information science (LIS) international doctoral students in the United States and documents their perspectives to identify ways to further internationalization. Internationalization is defined as incorporating non-US issues and elements into LIS education. The study explores internationalization in the context of a “two-way” learning process in which international students gain from the discipline, but also LIS education gains from the cross-cultural experiences of the students. Documenting the perspectives of LIS international doctoral students provides a critical outlook by giving voice to an under-represented group. It also becomes a methodological strategy to represent global diversity and facilitate cross-cultural exchange.     
Mehra B. Affective Factors in Information Seeking during Cross-Cultural Learning of International Doctoral Students in Library and Information Science (LIS) Education. In: Information and Emotion: The Emergent Affective Paradigm in Information Behavior Research and Theory. Medford, NJ: Information Today, Inc.; 2007.
Mehra B, Papajohn D. "Glocal" Patterns of Communication-Information Convergences in Internet Use: Cross-Cultural Behavior of International Teaching Assistants in a Culturally Alien Information Environment. The International Information & Library Review [Internet]. 2007;39:12-30. WebsiteAbstract
There is minimal research on the cross-cultural needs, priorities, and behaviors of international participants immersed in contemporary culturally alien information environments. Through a quantitative analysis of Internet use patterns of international teaching assistants (ITA) studying in graduate school at a representative university in the United States, the authors discover communication- information convergences in ITAs’ use of the Internet as a ‘‘glocal’’ network, connecting the ‘‘global’’ and ‘‘local’’ dimensions in their everyday lives. The paper identifies dual functions of the Internet considered meaningful to the ITAs in the diaspora, namely: (1) to engage in various communication activities with friends and family in their home countries (the ‘‘global’’), thereby providing psychological comfort and overcoming social isolation; and (2) to conduct information gathering activities that establish coping mechanisms for ITAs in their new homes in the United States (the ‘‘local’’). The paper presents empirical data highlighting correlations between communication and information intersections in ITAs’ use of the Internet. Findings extend past Internet research and user studies in traditional communication and information research, which only alluded to these communication-information convergence processes, to better understand how international people use the Internet in present-day cross-cultural contexts of interaction.
Mehra B, Rioux K. Human Information Behavior Concepts from a Perspective of IT Professionals in India. In: Proceedings of the 70th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science & Technology 2007: Joining Research and Practice: Social Computing and Information Science. Vol. 44. Milwaukee, WI; 2007. pp. 18/10/2007.
2006
Mehra B. Contextualizing Internet Use in the Everyday Life of the Cyber-Queer. In: Annual Meeting of the Broadcasting Education Association 2006: Convergence Shockwave: Change, Challenge and Opportunity. Las Vegas, NV; 2006.
Mehra B. Diversity Resources Page: Knowledge Representation of/for Librarians of Color. First Joint Conference of Librarians of Color: Gathering at the Waters, Embracing Our Spirits, Telling Our Stories. 2006.
Mehra B, Braquet D. A “Queer” Manifesto of Interventions for Libraries to ‘Come Out’ of the Closet! A Study of “Queer” Youth Experiences during the Coming Out Process(March 2006). Library and Information Science Research Electronic Journal [Internet]. 2006;16(1). WebsiteAbstract
Based on qualitative analysis of data gathered during in-depth narrative interviews and informal discussions about "queer" youth experiences with twenty-one "queer" individuals, this paper presents a "queer" manifesto of library interventions in support of "queer" youth during various phases of the coming out process. Important characteristics of coming out are discussed, especially as a life-long process for "queer" individuals to acknowledge their sexuality and share that awareness with others. Significant concerns and challenges faced by "queer" youth during different phases in their coming out experiences provide a context for the identification of library interventions that reflect (and require) extending traditional library functions of information provision as well as fulfilling non-traditional expectations that include proactive social justice efforts for libraries to come out of the closet in support of "queer" youth.
Braquet D, Mehra B. Contextualizing Internet Use Practices of the Cyber-Queer: Empowering Information Realities in Everyday Life. 69th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science & Technology 2006: Information Realities: Shaping the Digital Future For All. 2006;43.
Mehra B, Albright K. Health Information Services Available for People Living With HIV/AIDS: Perspectives of Library and Information Professionals. 69th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science & Technology 2006: Information Realities: Shaping the Digital Future For All. 2006;43.
Mehra B, Albright K, Rioux K. A Practical Framework for Social Justice Research in the Information Professions. 69th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science & Technology 2006: Information Realities: Shaping the Digital Future For All. 2006;43.
Mehra B. An Action Research (AR) Manifesto for Cyberculture Power to “Marginalized” Cultures of Difference. In: Silver D, Massanari A Critical Cyber-Culture Studies. New York: New York University Press; 2006. pp. 205-215.
Mehra B. Communication-Information Convergences in Internet Use by International Teaching Assistants (ITAs): “Sense Making” in a Culturally Alien Information Environment. In: 28th Annual Research Symposium College of Communication and Information University of Tennessee: Moving Toward the Future: Convergence of Communication and Information. Knoxville, TN; 2006.
Mehra B. Diversity and Democracy: Intercultural Proficiencies in Practice. Prepared materials for the UT School of Information Sciences Toolkit Symposium.; 2006.
Mehra B, Watson J. Proceedings of the Brown Bag Globalization-Information-Culture Symposium: How Does Globalization in the Age of Information Affect Traditions and Culture Around the World?. [Internet]. 2006. Website
Mehra B, Watson J. Transforming International and Intercultural Understandings: Self-Assessment and Reflexivity at the School of Information Sciences (Phase I).; 2006.

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