I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) at the University of Oklahoma (OU). My areas of expertise include youth information behavior (particularly information-creating behavior), youth services in public and school libraries, learning by making and Makerspaces, and LIS higher education. I am currently conducting an IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services)-funded research project about youth information creation and learning in Makerspaces (Project website: Information Creation in Learning Labs). My research also aims to identify competencies needed for professionals to be successful in Makerspaces. I teach LIS5193 Books and Materials for Young Adults and LIS5183 Books and Materials for Children at OU SLIS. I am looking forward to offering a new graduate course, Makerspaces: Theory and Practice, in Fall 2017!

Grants and Awards (Selected)

The 2016 Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership Grants for Libraries. Project: Learning in Libraries: Guiding Inquiry Making and Learning in School Libraries. Project directors: Kathryn Lewis, Dr. Shirley Simmons, and Dr. Lee Nelson from Norman Public Schools; PI: Dr. Kyungwon Koh at OU SLIS and Co-PI: Dr. Xun Ge at OU College of Education. $540,388

The winner of the 2016 YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) Midwinter Paper Presentation. Competencies Needed to Provide Teen Library Services of the Future: Survey of Professionals in Teen Learning Spaces. Authors: Drs. Kyungwon Koh and June Abbas. $1,500

The 2014 IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Early Career Development Grant recipient. Project: Investigating the Information-Creating Behavior of Teens During Project-Based STEM Learning in Makerspaces and Learning Labs. $354,467

Faculty Recognition Program for Exceptional Achievements in Research—Prestigious Tier Award by the University of Oklahoma Office of the Vice President for Research (2014). $5,000

ASIS&T (American Society for Information Science and Technology) SIG USE (Special Interest Group: Information Needs Seeking and Use). A “Certificate of Merit” for an outstanding research poster on human information behavior (2014). Project: Implications and Potential Impacts of Information Behavior Research. Principal investigators: Kyungwon Koh, Ellen L. Rubenstein, and Kelvin White

The 2010 ALISE (Association for Library and Information Science Education) Research Grant Competition Award winner: Online Collaborative Learning in the Web 2.0 Era; Principal investigators: Kyungwon Koh, Sung Jae Park, and Dr. Kathleen Burnett. $5,000

Florida State University Dissertation Research Grant Award (Fall 2009): Florida State University. $750

ASIS&T (American Society for Information Science and Technology) SIG USE (Special Interest Group: Information Needs Seeking and Use) PhD Student Travel Award (2010). $500

2010 Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (2010). $3,000