Dr. Tali Gazit



Ph.D. – Information Science - a recipient of the scholarship for honor doctoral students, Bar-Ilan University, 2017.

Thesis: Participation and Lurking in Social Discussions in Facebook Groups. Supervisors: Prof. Bar-Ilan and Prof. Amichai-Hamburger.

M.A – Bibliotherapy (Magna cum laude), Faculty of Education, Haifa University, 2006.

Thesis: Self-disclosure in Personal Profiles in Online Dating Sites. Supervisor: Prof. Azi Barak.

B.A – Psychology and Philosophy, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2001.



2015 – Present, Senior faculty member, the Department of Information Science, Bar-Ilan University.

2017 – 2018, External teacher, School of Psychology, Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya.

2008 – 2018, Teaching and Research Assistant, School of Communication, Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya.

2013 – 2015, Research Assistant in a project about E-democracy, Bar-Ilan University, the Department of Information Science

1995 – 2005, Teacher, "Sivan" and "John Bryce" colleges, Jerusalem/Tel-Aviv.

1993 - 1995, Teacher at "Mamram", IDF.




Course no. 35-894: Psychological aspects in the digital age.

Course no. 35-713: Organizational behavior.

Course no. 35-915: The digital man.

Course no. 35-903: Bibliotherapy.

Course no. 35-975: Advanced Statistics and Research Methods.

Course no. 35-994: An Introduction to Statistics and Research Methods.



Gazit, T., Nisim, S. & Ayalon, L. (2022). Intergenerational family WhatsApp groups and older adults' overall wellbeing. Online Information Review. See here

Avizohar, C., Gazit, T. & Aharony, N. (2022). Facebook Medical Support Groups: The Communication Privacy Management Perspective. Aslib Journal of Information Management. See here


Gazit. T. (2021). Key motivations for leading Facebook communities: A Uses and Gratifications approach. Aslib Journal of Information Management, 73 (3), 454-472. See here.

Gazit. T. (2021). Exploring leadership in Facebook communities: Personality traits and activities. Proceedings of the 54th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences HICSS (Jan, 2021), See paper here and a short video here

Eitan, T. & Gazit, T. (2021). Leader behaviors in Facebook support groups: An exploratory study. Current Psychology. See here


Gazit, T. & Bronstein, J. (2020). An exploration of the leadership strategies of Facebook community leaders. Online Information Review45(1), 99-117. See here

Gazit, T. & Amichai-Hamburger, Y. (2020). Factors underlying engagement in Facebook support groups of female infertility patients, Psychological Reports124(3), 1150-1173. See here

Bar-Ilan, J., Gazit, T. & Amichai-Hamburger, Y. (2020). Leading factors that explain engagement in closed Facebook groups. Information Research25(3), paper 866. See here 


Gazit, T., Aharony, N. & Amichai-Hamburger, Y.  (2019). Tell me who you are and I will tell you which SNS you use: SNSs Participation frequency. Online Information Review, 44(1), 139-161. See here

Gazit, T. (2019, April). Engagement in Facebook learning groups. iConference 2019, University of Maryland, Washington, DC, USA. See here

Gazit, T., Amichai-Hamburger, A., & Bar-Ilan, J. (2019, February). Student engagement in a Facebook group supporting a university course, A paper presented at Chais2019 conference, Open University, Ra'anana: Israel. See here

Aharony, N., & Gazit, T. (2019). Factors affecting students' information literacy self-efficacy. Library Hi-Tech37(2), 183-196. See here


Gazit, T. & Aharony, N. (2018, October). WhatsApp Groups Managers Characteristics. ISIC conference 2018, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland.

Gazit, T. & Aharony, N. (2018). Factors Explaining Participation in WhatsApp Groups: An Exploratory Study. Aslib Journal of Information Management, 70 (4), 390-413. See here

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

Aharony, N., & Gazit, T. (2018). Students' information literacy self-efficacy: An exploratory study. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 52(1), 224-236. See here

Perez, O., Bar-Ilan, J., Gazit, T., Amichai-Hamburger, Y., Aharony, N., & Bronstein, J. (2018). The Prospects of E-Democracy: An experimental study of collaborative E- Rulemaking. Journal of Information Technology & PoliticsSee here


Gazit, T. (2017). Participation and Lurking in Social Discussions in Facebook Groups. (Doctoral Dissertation). Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel. See here

Aharony, N., & Gazit, T. (2016). The Importance of the WhatsApp Family Group:  An Exploratory Analysis. Aslib Journal of Information Management68 (2), 174 – 192. See here

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. Computers in Human Behavior, 55(1), 268-277. See here

Bronstein, J., Gazit, T., Perez, O., Bar-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, 36 (6), 793-818. See here


In progress

Gazit, T. (2022). Students' online academic engagement during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gal, L., Gazit, T. & Bronstein, J. (2022). The Motivations of Leaders to Lead Facebook Online Parents Groups.


Lectures and conferences


Virtual leadership in social media. Chair of a seminar in INFO 2022 - The 36 Annual Conference & Exhibition, Tel-Aviv, May 2022. See program and opening lecture (in Hebrew)


Exploring leadership in Facebook communities: Personality traits and activities. Paper presented at the 54th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences HICSS (Jan, 2021), See paper here and a short video here

Online leadership in social media sites. Paper presented at Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA) conference, Inter-University Centre, Dubrovnik, Croatia, April, 2021.


Leading Factors That Enhance Engagement in Closed Facebook Groups. Paper presented at: Communication & Media Studies: The Future of Democracy in The Digital Age, University of Bonn, Germany, September 2019. See here

Engagement in Facebook learning groups. A poster presented at: iConference2019, University of Maryland, Washington, DC, USA, April 2019. See here

Student engagement in a Facebook group supporting a university course. Paper presented at: Chaise 2019 conference, Open University, Ra'anana, Israel, February 2019. See here

קבוצות פייסבוק כמלוות קורסים אקדמיים: כיצד יוצרים בהן מעורבות? מאמר שהוצג בכנס מיט"ל ה-17, מרכז יצחק רבין, ת"א (מושב א'2: דגמי הוראה ייחודיים), יולי 2019. כאן

מ'נשמע משפחה שלי? על חשיבותן של קבוצות הוואטסאפ המשפחתיות. הרצאה שניתנה במסגרת ליל המדענים והמדעניות באוניברסיטת בר-אילן. כאן


Virtual leadership: WhatsApp groups managers. A poster presented in ISIC2018, Krakow, October 2018. See here

Searching for love on the Internet. A lecture in a Conference on Technologies and Information in the Internet Age, Bar-Ilan University, April 2018


Ask us a question: Who and what enhance discussions in Facebook groups? A lecture presented in INFO 2017 - The 32 Annual Conference & Exhibition, Tel-Aviv, May 2017.


Participation and Lurking in Virtual Groups. Participating in a doctoral colloquium in iConference2016, Philadelphia, USA, March 2016.

Last Updated Date : 08/06/2022