Naresh Agarwal is an Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College, Boston. He earned his Ph.D. from the National University of Singapore (NUS)’s Department of Information Systems, School of Computing. His teaching areas are evaluation of information services, technology for information professionals and knowledge management. Agarwal’s research interests are information behavior (information seeking, context, source choice), theories/models/frameworks, research methods/evaluation, health informatics, information systems (knowledge management, human-computer interaction, IT adoption) and identity. He has published in many of these areas. In Spring 2010, Agarwal received a research grant from the President’s Fund for Faculty Excellence for work on a context-based investigation into the information seeking behavior and source use by medical residents. He currently holds leadership positions in Special Interest Groups of the American Society for Information Science & Technology. From 2007-2009, Agarwal served as the Chairman of the Association of Pacific-Rim Universities Doctoral Students’ Network (APRU DSN). Prior to entering the Ph.D. program at NUS, he worked for 6 years in the voice-over-IP, bioInformatics and digital cinema industries. Among other things, Agarwal has been a debater and public speaker and likes to paint in oil and watercolor in his free time.
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