Head of Department

Prof. Jenny Bronstein

Head of Department
502/4, Room 16
שעות קבלה
Sunday, 13:00-14:00
    קורות חיים


    Ph.D- Information Science, Bar-Ilan University, Israel, 2006.
    M.A- Information Science, Bar-Ilan University, Israel, 2000.
    Diploma- Information Studies, Bar-Ilan University, Israel, 1993.
    B.A- General B.A. / Linguistics, Tel-Aviv University, Israel, 1990.

    Areas of Research Interest

    • Information Seeking Behavior
    • Academic Libraries
    • Web 2.0 & Library 2.0
    • Information Retrieval



    Information Seeking Behavior- My research investigates different areas of the information seeking behavior of various populations of users. It incorporates social aspects of information behavior by applying Chatman's theoretical frameworks that investigate the role that information has in the information behavior of segregated populations

    Information Disclosure Behavior - My research deals with a fairly recent phenomenon by which internet users disclose personal information on different online platforms such as blogs and online forums. I have investigated the role that anonymity has on the disclosure process and the role that these online environments play in the information behavior of users

    Social Networks as Information Platforms - I have investigated the use of social networks for political as well as for personal motivations and the use of social networks as political platforms during elections periods in the US and in Israel.





    Course no. 35-986: Information Retrieval Techniques

    Course no. 35-908: Information Centers in Academic Institutions

    Course no. 35-807: Advance Information Retrieval Techniques

    Course no. 35-992: Qualitative Research Methods

    Course no. 35-973: Workshop on Academic Writing


    Bronstein, J. (2019). Reframing integration, Journal of Documentation, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/JD-06-2019-0108

    Naveh, S. & Bronstein, J. (2019)ץ Sense making in complex health situations, Aslib Journal of Information Management,. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/AJIM-02-2019-0049

    Zigrun, S. & Bronstein, J. (2019)."Help is where you find it":  The role of absent ties networks as sources of information and support in virtual health communities. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. 70(2), 130-139  

    Bronstein, J. (2018). A transitional approach to the study of the information behavior of domestic migrant workers: A narrative inquiry. Journal of Documentation. https://doi.org/10.1108/JD-07-2018-0112 

    Bronstein, J. & Nebenzhal, O. (2018). Developing scales for identifying and classifying library and information science skills and competencies: An Israeli perspective. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science. https://doi.org/10.1177/0961000618792390  

    Bronstein, J., Aharony, N., & Bar-Ilan, J. (2018). Politicians' use of Facebook during elections: Use of emotionally-based discourse, personalization, social media engagement and vividness. ASLIB Journal of Information Management, 70(5), 551-572. 

    Matas, H. & Brostein J. (2018). (student) A Qualitative inquiry of old people's health literacy in situations of health uncertainty. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 35(4), 319-330 

    Perez, O., Bar-Ilan, J. Gazit, T., Aharony, N., Amichai-Hamburger, Y., & Bronstein, J. (2018). The prospects of e-democracy: An experimental study of collaborative e-rulemaking. Journal of Information Technology & Politics. Retrieved from: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3162587  

    Yevelson, A. & Bronstein, J. (student) (2018). Three perspectives on information literacy in the academia: Talking to librarians, faculty and students. College & Research Libraries, 79(4), 535-553 

    Gazit, T., Bronstein, J., Amichai-Hamburger, Y., Aharony, N., Bar-Ilan, J. & Perez, O. (2018). Active participants and lurkers in online discussion groups: An exploratory analysis of focus group interviews and observation. Information Research, 23(2), paper 791. Retrieved from http://InformationR.net/ir/23-2/paper791.html 

    Bronstein, J. (2017). Information grounds as a vehicle for social inclusion of domestic migrant workers in Israel. Journal of Documentation, 73(5), 934-952.  

    Bronstein, J. (2017). An Examination of social and informational support strategies on the Internet: The case of online health communities. Library and Information Science Research, 39(1), 63-68. 

    Genius, S. & Bronstein, J. (2017). Looking for ‘normal’: Sense making in the context of health disruption. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 68(3), 750-761.  

    Bronstein, J., Gazit, T., Perez, O., Ba-Ilan, J., Aharony, N., & Amichai-Hamburger, Y. (2016). An examination of the factors contributing to participation in online social platforms. ASLIB Journal of Information Management, 68(6), 793-818.  (A)

    Amichai-Hamburger, Y., Gazit, T., Bar-Ilan, J., Perez, O., Aharony, N., Bronstein, J., & Dyne, T. S. (2016). Psychological factors behind the lack of participation in online discussions. Computers in Human Behavior, 55, 268-277. 

    Solomon, Y., & Bronstein, J. (student) (2015). Serendipity in legal information seeking behavior Chance encounters of family-law advocates with court rulings.  ASLIB Journal of Information Management, 68(1), 112-135. 

    Bronstein, J. & Knoll, M. (student) (2015). Blogging motivations of women suffering from infertility. Information Research, 20(2). Retrieved from http://www.informationr.net/ir/20-2/paper669.html#.VX1Lt_mqqko  

    Bronstein, J. (2015). An exploration of the library and information science professional skills and personal competencies: An Israeli perspective. Library and Information Science Research, 30, 130-138.

    Shpiner, S (student) & Bronstein, J.  (2014). The role of Facebook groups in the development of the 2011 social protest in Egypt, Meidaat, 10. Retrieved from: http://is.biu.ac.il/node/2806 (in Hebrew).  

    Bronstein J. (2014). Creating possible selves: information disclosure behaviour on social networks. Information Research, 19(1) paper 609. Retrieved from http://InformationR.net/ir/19-1/paper609.html.  

    Knoll, M. (student) & Bronstein, J. (2014). An examination of the information disclosure behaviour of infertility bloggers: Patterns of self-disclosure and anonymity. ASLIB Journal of Information Management, 66(2), 175-201. 

    Aharony, N. & Bronstein, J. (2014). Academic librarians' perceptions on information literacy: The Israeli perspective. portal: Libraries and the Academy, 14(1), 103-119.  

    Bronstein, J. (2013). The Role of perceived self-efficacy in the information seeking behaviour of library and information science students. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 35(2), 151-158. 

    Bronstein, J. (2013). Being private in public: Information disclosure behaviour of Israeli bloggers.  Information Research, 18(4). Paper 600. Retrieved from: http://InformationR.net/ir/18-4/paper600.html   

    Bronstein, J. (2013).  Like me!: Analyzing the Facebook pages of   2012US presidential  candidates. Online Information Review, 37(2), 173-182.  

    Bronstein, J., & Zivian, L. (2013). Perceived self-efficacy of library and information science professionals regarding their information retrieval skills. Library and Information Science Research, 35(2), 151-158.  

    Bronstein, J. (2013). Personal blogs as online presences on the Internet: Exploring self -presentation and self-disclosure in blogging. ASLIB Proceedings, 65(2), 161-181 

    Aharony, N. & Bronstein, J. (2012). A Delphi investigation into future trends in e-learning. Interactive Learning Environments, 22(6), 789-803.

    Finzi, S., Bronstein, J., Bar-Ilan, J., Baruchson-Arbib, S., Rafaeli, S., & Ravid, G. (2012).Volunteers acting as information providers to citizens. ASLIB Proceedings, 64(3), 289-303.  

    Bronstein, J. (2011). The role and work perceptions of academic reference librarians: A qualitative inquiry. portal: Libraries and the Academy, 11(3), 791-811.  

    Bronstein, J. (2010). Selecting and using information sources: source preferences and information pathways of Israeli library and information science students. Information Research, 15(4) paper 447. Retrieved from http://InformationR.net/ir/15-4/paper447.html.  

    Hetz, H., Baruchson-Arbib, S., Shalom, N. & Bronstein, J. (2010). Managing public libraries in an era of change. Meidaat, 6, 4-30. (In Hebrew).  

    Bronstein, J. (2009). Current trends in library and information studies. Libri, 59(2), 78-87.  

    Bronstein, J. and Aharony, N. (2009). Views and dreams: A Delphi investigation into library 2.0 applications. Journal of Web Librarianship, 3(2), 89-110. 

    Bronstein, J. and Baruchson-Arbib, S. (2008). The application of cost & benefit and least effort theories in studies of information seeking behaviour of humanists. Journal of Information Science, 34(2), 131-144.  

    Baruchson-Arbib, S. and Bronstein, J. (2007). Humanists as information users in the digital age: The case of Jewish studies scholars. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 58(14), 2269-2680  

    Bronstein, J. (2007). Current trends in library and information studies curricula around the world: looking for the user-centred approach. Journal of Information, Communication & Ethics in Society, 5(2/3), 59-79.   

    Bronstein, J. (2007). The role of the research phase in information seeking behaviour of Jewish studies scholars: a modification of Ellis's behavioural characteristics. Information Research, 12(3) paper 318.  Retrieved from: http://InformationR.net/ir/12-3/paper319.html   

    Bronstein, J. and Baruchson-Arbib, S. (2004). Information seeking behaviour: Model analysis towards a user-centred approach, Meidaat, 1(1), 2-14. (In Hebrew) 

    Baruchson-Arbib, S. and Bronstein, J. (2002). A view to the future of the library and information science profession: A Delphi study. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 33, 397-408. 


    Last Updated Date : 26/02/2024