Dr. Kyunwon Koh 2014-06-22 20:33:34

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, youth services in public and school libraries, Learning Labs and Makerspaces as informal learning centers, digital age learning, and LIS higher education. As a recipient of the 2014 IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) Laura Bush 21st Century Program Early Career Development Grant ($354,367), I am currently investigating how students create information during project-based, guided-inquiry STEM learning in different Learning Labs. (Project website: Information Creation in Learning Labs) I teach LIS5193 Books and Materials for Young Adults and LIS5183 Books and Materials for Children at OU SLIS.

Grants and Awards (Selected)

The 2014 IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Early Career Development Grant recipient ($354,367)

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

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.

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

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

2010 Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (2010)

Academic Year 2013-2014

My department requires that every Spring I complete a “mini-cv” and a brief analysis of my academic year. To help log my academic development I have included them below.


My summary of the year

During the academic year 2013-2014 I began my first year in the history of science graduate program at the University of Oklahoma. During this time I took all the necessary courses to ensure a completion of the master’s degree by the end of my second year. In the process I further developed my interest in the history of science in the ancient and medieval era. As a result I have chosen John Philoponus as a subject of research for my master’s thesis, particularly looking at the influence and circulation of his works in the sixteenth century. To help me with such an endeavor over the past year I have also informally studied Latin on my own, and plan to take the language competency exam near the start of classes in Fall 2014. In addition to my formal academic development, I have also had the opportunity to work with Dr. Magruder both as a research assistant and teaching assistant. It has been an invaluable experience, as it has given me the opportunity to develop my skills as a researcher as well as skills as a teacher. Also while working for Dr. Magruder I have had the opportunity to participate in the development of the exhibition Galileo’s World. For the coming academic year I plan to continue working for Dr. Magruder as his research assistant, and so will not be seeking funding from the department.


My mini-cv for the year

1. Progress in Academic Program

Master’s Committee:
Dr. Kerry Magruder has agreed to be on my committee. I have yet to officially appoint a committee chair or other members of my committee.

Courses taken during fall 2013:
– HSCI 3013 – History of Science from Antiquity to Newton (Audit), Dr. John Stewart
– HSCI 5533 – Advanced Studies in the History of Modern Science, Dr. Piers Hale
• Paper: Thomas Huxley’s Agnosticism: A Failed Rhetoric or Pure Genius? – 5970 – Seminar: Research, Criticism, and Analysis, Dr. Steven Livesey
• Paper: Benjamin Farrington: A Look at His Writings and Significance in the History of Science
– HSCI 5990 – Graduate Survey HSCI to 17 Century, Dr. Steven Livesey, Dr. Peter Barker, Dr. John Stewart, Dr. Kathleen Crowther, Dr. Kerry Magruder

Courses taken during spring 2014:
– HSCI 3023 – History of Science from Newton to the Present (Audit), Dr. John Stewart
– HSCI 5513 – Advanced Studies in the History of Ancient and Medieval Science, Dr. Kathleen Crowther
• Paper: History of Interpretation of Epilepsy (provisional title), forthcoming – 5970 – Seminar: Research, Criticism, and Analysis, Dr. Katherine Pandora
• Paper: Digital Humanities and Pedagogy (provisional title), forthcoming
– HSCI 5990 – Graduate Survey HSCI Modern, Dr. Katherine Pandora, Dr. Suzanne Moon,
Dr. Peter Soppelsa, Dr. Hunter Heyck, Dr. JoAnn Palmeri, Dr. Piers Hale, Dr. Stephen Weldon.

2. Teaching Assistantships
– Spring 2014 for Dr. Magruder in 3013, History of Science from Antiquity to Newton

3. Scholarly Activity
Conference Attendance:
– General attendance at the Spring 2014 Midwest Junto (registered, will attend)

4. Academic Activities and Service
– General member of the University of Oklahoma History of Science Students’ Association.
– Research Assistant for Dr. Magruder in the Fall of 2013 and Spring 2014
• Managed the bibliography for Galileo’s World in Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 and assisted in research for potential acquisitions for the Collections.

New WRF Hacks Section

I have added a section that will document some WRF hacks that I have used to customize WRF and get some work done. It is made available to help others be as productive as possible.