Social informatics, e-business, information architecture, managers and information in organizations, the intersection of sociological and library and information science theory
Ph.D., Syracuse University, 1996
Dr. Howard Rosenbaum is the Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Information Science in the School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University where he has been on the faculty since 1993. He is the Director of the Master of Information Science program and a co-director of the Graduate Certificate in Information Architecture program in SLIS. He is currently interested in social informatics, ebusiness, and online communities. He has led seminars on ebusiness at Napier University in Edinburgh, Scotland, the University of Bath, and the University of Greenwich, in the UK. He has also spoken widely on intellectual freedom issues, public libraries and information architecture in the midwest.
Rosenbaum has presented his work at the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), the Association for Information Systems, the Association of Internet Researchers, HCI International, and other organizations. He is a Fellow the Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics at Indiana University and current chair of SIG-SI at ASIS&T. Rosenbaum teaches classes on digital entrepreneurship, information systems design, information architecture for the web, intellectual freedom, and information organizations and workshops for information professionals in XML, CSS, and web page design. He has been recognized often for excellence in teaching and for the innovative use of technology in education. He received the 2011 Thomson Reuters Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award from the AMerican Society for Information Science and Technology. He also received the Frederic Bachman Lieber Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence, Indiana University in 2005, a state-wide MIRA Award for Technological Innovation in Education from Techpoint in 2003, the Indiana Partnership for Statewide Education Award for Innovation in Teaching with Technology in 2002, and was named one of the first SBC Fellows at Indiana University in 2000.
Books and book chapters
Rosenbaum, H. (2010). Giddens and Library and Information Science. In Leckie, G., Buschman, J and Given, L. (eds) Exploring the Social in LIS: Critical Theorists from across the Disciplines. Libraries Unlimited/Teacher Ideas Press, 119-130.
Rosenbaum, H. (2009). Social Informatics. In Bates, M. (ed.). Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science. Marcel Dekker.
Kling, R., Rosenbaum, H., and Sawyer. S. (2005). Understanding and Communicating Social Informatics: A framework for studying and teaching the human contexts of information and communication technologies. Medford, NJ: Information Today.
Champelli, L. and Rosenbaum, H. (1997). Building a web presence: Policies, Templates, and Icons for Libraries. Chicago, IL: Neal Schuman Publishers.Articles
Rosenbaum, H. and Shachaf, P. (2010) A structuration approach to online communities of practice: The case of Q&A communities. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.
Rosenbaum, H. (forthcoming, 2009). Social Informatics. Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science. Marcel Dekker.
Hara, N,. and Rosenbaum, H. (2008). Revising the conceptualization of computer movements. The Information Society, 24(4) 229-245.
Rosenbaum H. (2005). Online teaching communities: Separating myth from reality. Proceedings of the Human-Computer International Conference 2005, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
Rosenbaum, H. (2005). Humanizing technology in education: Is there a role for the humanities? International Journal of the Humanities.
Horton. K., Davenport E., Hall H., Rosenbaum H. (2002). Internet simulations for teaching, learning and research: An investigation of e-commerce interactions and practice in the Virtual Economy. Education for Information. 20(3,4). 237-252.
Rosenbaum, H. (2000). Teaching electronic commerce: Problem-based learning in a virtual economy. Journal of Informatics Education and Research.
Sawyer, S. and Rosenbaum, H. (2000). Social informatics in the information sciences: Current activities and emerging directions. Informing Science 3(2).
Rosenbaum, H. (2011). Libraries and social media: The social conundrum. Invited keynote address given at Digital conundrum: The impact of e-resources on stacks, staff and students. Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education, Dayton, OH, May 4.
Rosenbaum, H. (2011). What is Social about Social Informatics? Invited talk at the Institute for Social Informatics, sponsored by the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies, University of Missouri in March, 21.
Rosenbaum, H. and Shermis, M. (2010) Making a case for scenario-based learning in IS and executive Education. In Proceedings of the 16th America's Conference on Information Systems. Presented at AMCIS, August 10, Lima, Peru.
Rosenbaum, H. and Shachaf, P. (2010). A structuration approach to online communities of practice. In Proceedings of the16th America's Conference on Information Systems. Presented at AMCIS, August 10, Lima, Peru.
Rosenbaum, H., Day, R. and Ma, L. (2009). Technology, organization and materiality: Reflections on the problem of agency. Proceedings of the 15th America's Conference on Information Systems. Presented at AMCIS, August 9, San Francisco, CA.
Shachaf, P. and Rosenbaum H. (2009). Online social reference: A research agenda through a STIN framework. Presented at the 2009 Iconference, February 9, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Rosenbaum, H. (2009). The importance of accessibility and usability now and in the future. Invited keynote given at the CIC IT Accessibility and Usability Working Group Summer Conference. Bloomington, IN. June 15.
Rosenbaum, H. (2008). Social aspects of digital libraries: A theoretical exploration and research agenda. Invited keynote address given at the International Symposium on Social Aspects of Digital Libraries and Information Seeking. National Taiwan University, Taipei. December 11.
Rosenbaum, H. (2008). Web 2.0, 3.0: After the thrill is gone. Invited closing keynote address given at the Faculty Summer institute, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, May 15.
Rosenbaum, H. and Davenport, E. (2008). Theorizing community informatics: Memory practices in online communities. iConference 2008: iFutures: Systems, Selves, Society (February 27).
Rosenbaum, H. (2007). Library 2.0: A critical view. Illinois Association of College and Research Librarians Annual Meeting Luncheon. Invited keynote. October 11. Springfield Illinois. Presentation available:
Rosenbaum, H. (2004). The importance of trust in the digital networked economy. Online Partnership Lens (OPAL) workshop Creating Partnerships Online: Concepts and Tools, Darmstadt, Germany. (Invited keynote). February 19.
Rosenbaum, H. (2004). Social context and the information environment: A structurational approach to understanding sociotechnical action. Workshop On Understanding Sociotechnical Action Napier University, Edinburgh, UK. 3-4 June.
Rosenbaum, H. (Organizer and moderator), Davenport, E., Eschenfelder, K., Lamb, R., Murphy, L., and Sawyer, S. (2004). Panel: Social informatics and information systems research: Where are we going? In Romano, N. (ed). Proceedings of the 10th America's Conference on Information Systems. August.
Rosenbaum, H. (2002). A is for Acronym: Libraries and Internet Standards for Serialists. NASIG Annual conference, Williamsburg, VA. Presentation available:
Fellow. Center for Social Informatics, Indiana University. (1996-)
Fellow. Center for Digital Commerce, Syracuse University (1999-)
Member. American Association for Information Science (ASIS). (1990-).
Member. Association for Computing Machinery. (2000- )
Member. Executive Board. HoosierNet. (1998-).
2011 Thomson Reuters Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award. 74th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology New Orleans, October 10.
Academic Leadership Fellow, Committee on Institutional Cooperation (2010-11).
Frederic Bachman Lieber Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence, Indiana University (March, 2005)
MIRA Award for Technological Innovation in Education. Techpoint. (May, 2003).
Indiana Partnership for Statewide Education Award for Innovation in teaching with Technology. Indiana Higher Education Telecommunications System. (April 2002)
The 2001 Trustees Teaching Award from the School of Library and Information Science. (March 2001).
Sun Microsystems Academic Equipment Grant for "Developing a virtual economy for teaching electronic commerce" (August 2000)
Indiana University. Ameritech Fellow for "Teaching and learning ecommerce in a virtual economy." (April 10, 2000)
School of Library and Information Science Teaching Excellence Recognition Award. (1999, 1998, 1997)
American Society for Information Science Dissertation of the Year Award. (1996)