Naresh Agarwal has been tenured and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor at the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS), Simmons College, Boston effective July 1, 2015. Naresh’s research area is information behavior and knowledge management – the way people look for information and the contextual factors that impact their choice of information sources. He seeks to understand and synthesize the apparent contradictions in this phenomenon and tries to reconcile multiple perspectives. His work has been published in journals such as the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, the Journal of Academic Librarianship, Information Research, IFLA Journal, Library Management, among others, and a large number of conference proceedings.
Naresh teaches courses on technology, web development and information architecture, evaluation of information services and knowledge management. He’s also co-developing a course on theories of information science and technology. He’s taught in the face-to-face, hybrid and online formats. During the Provost’s reception and celebration on February 18, 2015, Dean Eileen Abels said about Naresh, “He’s so well-rounded. He has a really strong research agenda. He’s a great collaborator, and really, has been a publishing machine recently for us. He’s excellent at teaching, and what’s great about his teaching is that he’s innovative, he tries new things, he is not afraid to experiment in the classroom and then redo something if it doesn’t work.” Naresh actively contributes to service at SLIS. He’s spearheading the online component of a new concentration in Information Science & Technology and is the Chair of the Panel on Adjunct Review and Recommendation. Naresh has held various leadership positions at ASIS&T – the Association for Information Science and Technology. He was a member of its Board of Directors from 2012-2014. He is currently a member of its Strategic Planning Group, and other committees. Naresh was awarded the ASIS&T James M. Cretsos Leadership Award in 2012.