Teaching and Research Staff

Dr Yazdan Mansourian

BSc, MLIS, PhD (The University of Sheffield, UK)

Lecturer in Information Studies
Wagga Wagga
Building 5, Room 302

Dr Yazdan Mansourian received his PhD in Information Science from The University of Sheffield (2003 to 2006). The title of his thesis was "Information Visibility on the Web and Conceptions of Success and Failure in Web Searching". Yazdan has a BSc degree in Agricultural Engineering (1991-1995) from Guilan University and an MA degree in LIS from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad (1998-2001). During January 2007 to June 2017 he was faculty member at Kharazmi University (Tehran, Iran). From 2011 to 2016 he was Director of the Central Library at Kharazmi University and was also Head  of the LIS Department during that time.

Dr Yazdan's research includes:

  • Human Information Interaction (HII)
  • Information Behaviours
  • Information Seeking in Context
  • Research Methods
  • Qualitative Approach in Research
  • Academic Writing
  • Invisible Web and Information Accessibility on the Web
  • Grounded Theory
  • Phenomenology, Hermeneutics
  • Information Literacy
  • User Education
  • Inquiry-based Learning
  • Action Research
  • LIS Evidence-Based Practice

Yazdan's teaching portfolio includes:

  • Library and Information Science Foundations
  • Information Behaviour Theories
  • Academic Writing
  • Research Methods
  • Information Literacy
  • Sociology of Information
  • Reference Resources
  • Reference Services
  • Library Administration
  • Qualitative Research Approach
  • Interpersonal Communication

Yazdan has been involved in running 60 workshops in different universities and research centres on various subjects including:

  • Qualitative Research
  • Information Literacy
  • Invisible Web
  • Search Skills
  • Academic Writing.

Mansourian, Y. (2021). Information activities in serious leisure as a catalyst for self-actualisation and social engagement. Journal of Documentation, https://doi.org/10.1108/JD-08-2020-0134

Mansourian, Y. (2020). What is transcendental information? A conceptual paper. Libres: Library and Information Science Research Electronic Journal, 30(1), 33-44. https://www.libres-ejournal.info/3164

Mansourian, Y. (2020). Public libraries’ services during a pandemic. Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries, 9(3), 41-54.

Mansourian, Y. (2020). Towards a generosity based policy in public libraries. Incite, 41(3/4), 25.

Mansourian, Y. (2020). Digital freedoms. Incite, 41(7/8), 21-21.

Also, please add the below items to the presentation and seminar list:

Coe, M., & Mansourian, Y. (2020). Reimagining the concept of the book in light of sustainability. Presented at the Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand (BSANZ) Annual Conference, The History of the Book and the Future of the World. Adelaide (30 November).

Ocepek, M. G., Burnett, G., Forcier, E., & Mansourian, Y. (2020). What’s fun got to do with it? What fun-life contexts teach us about the bounds of context, Presented at the Information Behaviour Conference, Pretoria, South Africa, (28 September - 1 October 2020)

Ocepek, M. G., Burnett, G., Martaus, A., McKenzie, P., & Mansourian, Y. (2020). Just having fun: What studying fun in LIS can tell us about engaging communities? iConference 2020, Boras, Sweden. (27 March 2020)

Mansourian, Y. (2019). How passionate people seek and share various forms of information in their serious leisure. The Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association (JALIA), DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/24750158.2019.1686569

Mansourian, Y. (2019). Passionate reading as a serious leisure. Incite, 40(11/12), 10-11.

Mansourian, Y., & Bannister, M. (2019). Five benefits of serious leisure for a public library. Incite, 40(5/6), 32-33.

Mansourian, Y. (2010). Evolving Perceptions of LIS Students about their Discipline: An Action Research with Inquiry-based Learning Approach. Library Review, 59(3), 185 - 197.

Mansourian, Y. (2008). Contextual elements and conceptual components of information visibility on the Web. Library Hi Tech. 26(3), 440-453.

Mansourian, Y. (2008). Keeping a learning diary to enhance researchers' understanding of and users' skills in web searching. Library Review, 57(9), 690-699.

Mansourian, Y. (2008). Web search efficacy: definition and implementation.  Aslib Proceedings, 60(4), 349-363.

Mansourian, Y. (2008). Exploratory nature of and uncertainty tolerance in qualitative research. New Library World, 109(5-6), 273-286.

Mansourian, Y. (2008). Contextualization of Web searching: a Grounded Theory approach. Electronic Library. 26(2), 202-214.

Mansourian, Y. (2008). Coping strategies in Web searching. Program: Electronic Library and Information Systems. 42(1), 128-39.

Mansourian, Y., Ford, N., Webber, S. Madden, A. (2008). An integrative model of 'information visibility' and 'information seeking' on the Web. Program: Electronic Library and Information Systems. 42(4), 402-417.

Mansourian, Y. and Ford, N. (2007). Web searchers' attributions of success and failure: an empirical study. Journal of Documentation, 63 (5), 659-679.

Mansourian, Y. and Ford, N. (2007). Search persistence and failure on the Web: a "bounded rationality" and "satisficing" analysis. Journal of Documentation, 63 (5), 680-701.

Mansourian, Y. and Madden, A. (2007). Methodological approaches in web search research. Electronic Library, 25 (1), 90-101.

Mansourian, Y. and Madden, A. (2007). Perceptions of the web as a search tool amongst researchers in biological sciences Biologists. New Library World Vol. 108 (9/10), 407-421.

14. Mansourian, Y. (2006). Adoption of Grounded Theory in LIS research. New Library World, 107 (9/10), 386-402.

Ford, N. and Mansourian, Y. (2006). The invisible web: An empirical study of 'cognitive invisibility'. Journal of Documentation, 62(5), 584-596.

Seminars and Conference Presentations:

Mansourian, Y. (2019). Joyful information seeking in serious leisure practice. Poster presented at 2019 ASIS&T SIG-USE Symposium: Re-envisioning the Impact and Engagement of Information Behaviour Research, Melbourne, Australia.

Mansourian, Y. (2019). Information sharing patterns in serious leisure practice: A qualitative study. Presented at Research Applications in Information and Library Studies (RAILS), Canberra, Australia.

Mansourian, Y. (2019). How serious leisure enhances social engagement in the elderly. Poster presented at Australian Association of Gerontology Conference, Sydney, Australia.

Mansourian, Y. (2019). Looking for transcendental information in the context of serious leisure. Presented at School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University, 20 February 2019.

Mansourian, Y. (2018). Information behaviours in the context of casual and serious leisure. Presented at School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University, 02 May 2018.

Mansourian, Y. (2018). My second first impression of online teaching: A reflection on seven key concepts. School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University, 11 April 2018.

Mansourian, Y. (2018). Learning and teaching as a leisure practice: A reflective narrative. School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University, 3 October 2018.

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