Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Assoc Prof Sin Sei Ching Joanna

Associate Professor

Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences

Phone: (+65)67906036
Office: WKWSCI 05-07

  • PhD (Lib & Info Studies) University of Wisconsin, Madison 2009
  • MA (Lib & Info Studies) University of Wisconsin, Madison 2002
  • BA (SocSc) (Hons) The Chinese University of Hong Kong 1998
Joanna Sin is an associate professor at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University. Joanna holds a PhD and a master's degree in library and information studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison). Previously, she received her Bachelor of Social Science degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, majoring in Geography and minoring in Anthropology. She teaches in the areas of research method, information organisation, and cataloguing and classification. Before joining NTU, Joanna was a visiting assistant professor at the School of Library and Information Studies at UW-Madison. She also has experience working in the technical and reference services areas of academic libraries.
Research Interests
Joanna Sin’s areas of research interests include: structural and individual factors in information behaviour; social media information seeking; library services provision; perception, use, and outcomes of libraries; and bibliometrics.
Research Grant
  • Academic Research Fund Tier 1 (2014-)
  • NRF SRIE Programme (2015-)
Current Projects
  • A Crowdsourcing Approach to Building a Smart City
  • Acculturation Information Seeking in a 2.0 World
  • Altmetrics: Rethinking and Exploring New Ways of Measuring Research Outputs
  • Altmetrics: Rethinking and Exploring New Ways of Measuring Research Outputs
  • Information Literacy
  • Intervention strategies addressing the spread of misinformation on social media
  • Measuring Contextual Influences: Information-seeking and Sharing Strategies, Everyday Life Situations and Personality Styles
  • Strategies for effective social media information seeking: New research framework, taxonomy and multilevel testing
Selected Publications
  • Sin, S.-C. J. (2016). Social media and problematic everyday life information seeking outcomes: Differences across usage frequency, gender, and problem solving styles. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 67(8), 1793-1807.
  • Vakkari, P., Aabø, S., Audunson, R., Huysmans, F., Kwon, N., Oomes, M., & Sin, S.-C. J. (2016). Patterns of perceived public library outcomes in five countries. Journal of Documentation, 72(2), 342-361.
  • Sin, S.-C. J. & Vakkari, P. (2015). Perceived outcomes of public libraries in the U.S. Library & Information Science Research, 37(3), 209-219.
  • Kim, K.-S., Sin, S.-C. J., & Yoo-Lee, EY. (2014). Undergraduates’ use of social media as information sources. College & Research Libraries, 75(4), 442-457.
  • Sin, S.-C. J. & Kim, K.-S. (2013). International students' everyday life information seeking: The informational value of social networking sites. Library & Information Science Research, 35(2), 107–116.

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