My name is Kaitlin Costello, and I am an assistant professor in the Department of Library and Information Science in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.
I received my PhD from the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill under the direction of Dr. Barbara Wildemuth. My master's degree in library and information science is from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and I went to Vassar College for my undergraduate degree.
I have been employed in both academic and public libraries, and I have always been fascinated with human information behavior. During my master's degree, I was interested in digital curation of the social web. In my doctoral work, I focused on social information behavior online in a variety of contexts, including why scholars use Twitter; how people use Facebook to find alutristic kidney donors; and my dissertation work, a grounded theory study on the relationship between online information seeking and personal health information disclosure in online support groups for chronic kidney disease.