B.S., Business Administration, Penn State University
M.B.A., Information Systems, University of Washington
M.L.S., Information Science, University of Maryland
Ph.D., Information Science, University of Maryland
Most of Dr. Paul Solomon's research has focused on trying to understanding what information
is to real people as they engage in life and work. Context and timing are important
themes in his research along with an emphasis on going beyond 'just' findings to include
communication of implications of the findings for theory, research and practice. The
actors of interest in his research have so far included: children, managers doing
work planning, college students, people planning travel, scientists working cooperatively,
etc. Outside of his primary area of research, Dr. Solomon has been involved in studies
of graduates of LIS programs and distributed learning.
2000-2002, National Science Foundation, Science and Technology Center for Environmentally
Responsible Solvents and Processes, Social Science Research Team, Diane Sonnenwald,
Noriko Hara, Denis Gray, Paul Solomon (to study collaboration behavior and technologies),
$750,000 (part of a $20,000,000 Center Grant).
2004-2006, Library of Congress (with Kenneth Bolen, Odum Institute for Research in
Social Science, to develop digital statistical archives of data from classic social
science studies, private social science research organizations, and state polls, $483,442.
2004-2007, Microsoft (with Gary Marchionini, to study annotation behavior during the
use of software), $300,000.
2005-present, Institute for Museum and Library Services, Workforce Issues in Library
and information science (with Joanne Marshall (PI), Victor Marshall(PI), Barbara Moran,
Deborah Barreau, etc.).
Dr. Solomon's teaching repertoire currently includes: Information Storage & Retrieval
(SLIS 301), Introduction to Research Methods (SLIS 705), Educational Services (SLIS
741), and Problems in Administration (SLIS 768). He also have offered several course
at the doctoral level: Theory & Research Methods (SLIS 802), Information Policy &
Ethics (SLIS 805), and Communication Processes and Information-Seeking Behavior (SLIS
Dr. Solomon sees teaching as a cooperative learning adventure for him and his students,
and not about pouring knowledge into people's heads. The emphasis in his classes is
on real-world application of subject matter and support for learning using drafts
over one-time grading.
Solomon, P., & Rathbun-Grubb, S. (2009). Workforce planning and the School Library
Media Specialist. Library Trends, 58(2): 246-262.
Hara, N., Solomon, P., Kim, S.-L.& Sonnenwald, D.H. (2003). An emerging view of scientific
collaboration: Scientists perspectives on collaboration and factors that impact collaboration.
Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 54(10), 952-965.
Solomon, P. (1997). Information behavior in sense making: A Three-year case study
of work planning. In: Pertti Vakkari, Reijo Savolainen, & Brenda Dervin (Eds.),
Information Seeking in Context (pp. 290-306). London, UK: Taylor Graham
Solomon, P. (1997). Conversation in information seeking contexts: A test of an analytical
framework. Library and Information Science Research, 19(3), 217-247.
Solomon, P. (1993). Children’s information retrieval behavior: A case analysis of
an OPAC. Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 44(5), 245-264
Chair, University of South Carolina Graduate Council
Member, Humanities Grant Review Panel
North American regional editor, International Journal of Information Management
Editorial board member, Journal of Information Science Technology and Practice
Co-Chair elect, Association for Information Science and Technology SIG/ED
Doctoral forum mentor, Association for Information Science and Technology
Chair, School of Journalism and Mass Communications Associate Director for Graduate
Studies Search Committee