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Awa Zhu

Xiaohua (Awa) Zhu

Associate Professor

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Name Pronunciation:
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  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin – Madison, Library and Information Studies, 2011
  • Master of Management, Sun Yat-Sen University (China), Library Science, 2004
  • Bachelor of Science, Sun Yat-Sen University (China), Computer Science, 2002
  • Bachelor of Management, Sun Yat-Sen University (China), Information Science, 2001

Research Interests:

  • intellectual property
  • digital rights management
  • open access/open data
  • academic libraries
  • social informatics
  • information policy

Courses taught:

  • INSC 520 Information Organization and Representation
  • INSC 512 Information Organization and Retrieval
  • INSC 534 Government Information Sources
  • INSC 597 Information Architecture
  • INSC 565 Digital Libraries

My favorite thing about working at SIS is:

To talk to my students, who never cease to inspire me.

Professional Memberships:

  • ALA
  • AALL

Select Publications:

  • Zhu, X. (2019). Innovation in search of a context: The early history of Lexis. Information and Culture: A Journal of History, 54(2), 220-242.
  • Zhu, X., & Freeman, M. A. (2019). An evaluation of U.S. municipal open data portals: A user interaction framework. Journal of Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 70(1), 27-37.
  • Zhu, X. (2017). The failure of an early episode in the open government data movement: A historical case study. Government Information Quarterly, 34(2), 256-269.
  • Zhu, X. (2016). Driven adaptation: A grounded theory study on licensing electronic resources. Library & Information Science Research, 38(1), 69-80.
  • Zhu, X., & Cho, M. (2018). The end of ownership?: An investigation of users’ preferences and perceptions of ownership configurations. Proceedings of the 81st ASIS&T Annual Meeting (634-643), Vancouver, BC, Canada, November 10—14, 2018.