I am an associate professor of Information Science in the School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University, Bloomington. In addition, I am a co-director of the new Graduate Certificate in Information Architecture (GCIA) program.
My work is primarily in Social Informatics. My focus is especially on communities of practice, knowledge management, online learning, and e-democracy. I am also a fellow of the Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics. I served the ASIS&T (Americay Society for Information Science & Technology) Special Interest Group on Social Informatics (SIG-SI) as a co-chair. I was recently awarded to a NSF funding (#08-30137) to study molecular biology graduate students’ tacit knowledge transition.
. Hara, N., Shachaf, P., & Hew, K. F. (2010). Cross-cultural analysis of the Wikipedia community. Journal of the American Society for Information Science & Technology, 61(10), 2097-2108.
. Hara, N. (2009). Communities of Practice: Fostering Peer-to-Peer Learning and Informal Knowledge Sharing in the Work Place. Springer.
. Hara, N., & Shachaf, P., & Stoerger, S. (2009). Online communities of practice typology revisited. Journal of Information Science, 35(6), 740-757.
. Hara, N. (2007). IT support for communities of practice: How public defenders learn about winning and losing in court. Journal of the American Society for Information Science & Technology.
. Hara, N., & Hew, K. F. (2007). Knowledge sharing in an online community of health-care professionals. Information Technology & People, 20(3), 235-261.
. Hew, K. F., & Hara, N. (2007). Knowledge sharing in online environments: A qualitative case study. Journal of American Society for Information Science & Technology, 59(14), 2310-2324.
. Hara, N. & Kling, R. (2006). Professional development & knowledge management via virtual spaces. In J. Weiss, J. Nolan, P. Trifonas (Eds.), International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments (pp. 849-870). Kluwer Academic Publishers.
. Hara, N., & Schwen, T. M. (2006). Communities of practice in workplaces: Learning as a naturally occurring event. Performance Improvement Quarterly, 19(2), 93-114.