Rich Gazan

Office: HL 002A
Tel: 808-956-5094


  • Ph.D. 2004, Library & Information Science, University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.LISc 1998, Library & Information Science, University of Hawaii
  • B.A. 1987, Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

Research Interests

Online communities, social Q&A, interdisciplinary scientific collaborations

Recent Publications

  • R Gazan, K MacLean and N Wahl (2019).  Participative Resources, Practices and Information Literacy Standards in Online STEM Education.   International Journal of Innovations in Online Education 4(2).
  • M Rath, O Zakharchuk, C Shah, S Oh, R Gazan (2017). Learnsourcing: Is it working or failing, and where to go from here? Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 54(1), 591-594. DOI: 10.1002/pra2.2017.14505401081
  • R Gazan (2017). Critical moments in participatory design. Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 54(1), 112-118. DOI: 10.1002/pra2.2017.14505401013
  • M Ibanez, R Gazan (2016). Detecting sex trafficking circuits in the US through analysis of online escort advertisements. Proceedings of the 2016 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining. IEEE Press, 892-895. DOI: 10.1109/ASONAM.2016.7752344

Recent Funding

  • Co-Principal Investigator, “Online Q&A in STEM Education: Curating the Wisdom of the Crowd,” Institute of Museum & Library Services, Principal Investigator Chirag Shah, Rutgers University


  • Fall 2019
    • ICS 669, Social Computing


  • Chair, Library and Information Science program
  • Chair, Working Committee on Accreditation (F14-F15)
  • Chair, Graduate Faculty Responsibilities Task Force (2017-present)