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Jonathan M. Hollister

Adjunct Professor

I am interested in the social information worlds of emergent online gaming communities.  Through ethnographic methods, I want to explore and describe the information worlds of active role players in Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOGs) to better understand and describe how players seek, create, manage, and use information to live out both their in- and out-of-character stories. The depictions and uses of digital and critical literacies in popular media, such as young adult literature (especially dystopian), music, and film are also among my interests. Graphic novels, manga, and manhwa are also passions of mine which have led me to co-develop a graduate course on graphic novels in the library.


Doctoral Candidate in Library and Information Studies

  • 8/2011 – Present
  • School of Information, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
  • Supervisory Committee: Dr. Don Latham (Chair), Dr. Gary Burnett, Dr. Shuyuan Mary Ho, Dr. Vanessa Dennen (University Representative)
  • Achieved Doctoral Candidacy on 12/14/2013
  • Defended Prospectus on 4/29/2014

Master of Science in Library and Information Studies

  • 8/2009 – 8/2011
  • School of Library & Information Studies, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
  • Specialized in Reference & Instruction, Youth Services

Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences

  • 9/2004 – 4/2008
  • College of Arts & Sciences, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Minors in Mathematics and Chemistry

Research Interests

Information Worlds of Role Players in Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games; Digital Literacies in Young Adult Literature and Media

Teaching Interests

Online Research Methods and Ethics; Digital Literacy Instruction; Graphic Novels and Young Adult Literature and Collection Development; Reader's Advisory and Reference Services; LIS/IT Professional Development

Publications & Research

Please visit my personal site for an updated list of publications and presentations.