Research

information behavior / knowledge management

Latest journal article:

Islam, M.A., Agarwal, N.K., & Ikeda, M. (2017). Effect of Knowledge Management on Service Innovation in Academic Libraries. IFLA Journal. 43(3), 266-281.

Current research projects:

Non-response to messages and calls: Information Avoidance Behavior of Smartphone users

Knowledge Management in Libraries: What has changed in the last decade?

Towards a unified model of information seeking behaviour

more research publications

Service

asis&tAssociation for Information Science & Technology; simmons; slisSchool of Library & Information Science

ASIS&T Annual Meeting Co-Chairs

Co-Chaired (with Professor Sanda Erdelez) the 80th ASIS&T Annual Meeting, Washington DC, Oct 27-Nov 1, 2017

Chair, ASIS&T Membership Committee 2015-2017

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Painting

watercolor / oil

Endless grinding

The Sacred Mountain

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Happiness

7 commandments

Be happy always, no matter what.

Have 0 expectations from everyone.

Never compare with those around you.

Everything happens for one’s own good.

Live in the present moment.

You can do the impossible!

See the divine in each person.

Be happy always, no matter what.

Have 0 expectations from everyone.

Never compare with those around you.

Everything happens for one’s own good.

Live in the present moment.

You can do the impossible!

See the divine in each person.

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Creativity

photography; writing; acting; sculpture

Marble Sculpture

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Timeline

simmons; nus; industry; ntu; tna; growing up

My Story

my story - the journey so far

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Places

sikkim - india; singapore; usa; travelogues

Countries visited

countries visited or lived in

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Blog

happiness; life

access blog

About

My name is Naresh नरेश narēś = nar (man) + ēś (God) = God among men = King Agarwalअग्रवाल Agar (Egar, Ugar) + waal . I’m an Associate Professor at the School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College, Boston.

My research interest is in Information Behavior and Knowledge Management. These are areas of study in the field of Information Science and Technology. I am interested in studying how people go about looking for information and the contextual factors that impact the way people choose information sources. I'm also interested in other aspects of behavior when people find information serendipitously, and when they avoid or stop information flow.

At Simmons, I teach courses in Information Science & Technology - web development & information architecture, knowledge management, theories of information science, as well as technology for information professionals and evaluation of information services (both online and face-to-face) to Masters students enrolled for a degree in Library & Information Science.

"The various influences, my approach and purpose in life have been about synthesis – in trying to reconcile apparent contradictions and differences, instead of seeing the world in the form of stereotypes and labels. While classification is natural and necessary to apply broad strokes in understanding the world, I’ve realized that it is a simplistic exercise and devoid of reality, something best understood as stereotyping. It has always been my endeavor to find commonalities among differences, and to respect differences among commonalities. Thus, when I see differences, I try to look for what’s similar and common. When I see an attempt to paint everything with one broad stroke of color, I try to look for differences – a concept of looking for ‘one’ in the ‘many’ and to look for ‘many’ in the ‘one’." (Agarwal, 2012)

Born and brought up in Gangtok, Sikkim in the Indian Himalayas, I spent almost fourteen years in Singapore, where I earned a Bachelors in Applied Science (Computer Engineering) from Nanyang Technological University, and later a Ph.D. in the Department of Information Systems, School of Computing, National University of Singapore. I now live in Greater Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Contact

Lets get in touch and talk about how we can collaborate. Email me or find me on social media.

agarwal @ simmons.edu

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nareshag @ yahoo.com

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