I'm a Ph.D. candidate at the Drexel University College of Information Science and Technology.
My dissertation research investigates long-term information needs of people self-managing a chronic disease by examining critical incidents that led a patient to look online for health information. This work is intended to help develop models and theory to support exploratory search in the health sciences. My conceptual model draws from information seeking theories and models of chronic disease care. Preliminary results show increasing expertise of patients over time, and a turn towards social media to complement authoritative information resources.
Other projects include investigating taxonomy and ontology visualization, and social curating and collecting activities.
My work is informed by 10+ years industry experience as an Information Architect and Web Developer. I have an MSLIS from Drexel University, and my Ph.D. research has been supported by an IMLS research fellowship.
Towards A Conceptual Model of Long-Term Online Health Information Behavior Zarro, M. (2013). Proceedings of HCIR 2013.
Wedding Dresses and Wanted Criminals: Pinterest.com as an Infrastructure for Repository Building. Zarro, M., Hall, C., & Forte, A. (2013). Seventh International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM 2013).
Exploring Social Curation. Zarro, M., & Hall, C. (2012) D-Lib Magazine 18(11/12). November/December 2012.
Social Curation on the Website Pinterest.com. Hall, C. & Zarro, M. (2012). Proceedings of ASIS&T 75th Annual Meeting (ASIST 2012).
Developing A Dual-Process Information Seeking Model for Exploratory Search. Zarro, M. (2012). The Sixth Symposium on Human-Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval, HCIR2012, Cambridge MA.
Using Social Tags and Controlled Vocabularies As Filters for Searching and Browsing: A Health Science Experiment. Zarro, M. & Lin, X. (2011). The Fifth Workshop on Human-Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval, HCIR2011, Mountain View CA.
I am working with other graduate students to investigate linking behaviors information seeking on crowdsourced webpages, like Wikipedia,to support consumer health search and learning.
My collaborators and I are exploring users' social collecting and sharing activites, what we call "social curating," on social media sites like Pinterest.
I am working with a team at Drexel and other institutions to investige taxonomy and ontology visualization.
Instructor: Information Architecture (INFO658), Drexel University
Instructor: Digital Library Technologies (INFO657), Drexel University
Masters Thesis Lead: Yara Safadi, The University of the Arts
Teaching Assistant: Computer Supported Collaborative Work (INFO405), Drexel University
Professional Mentor: Information Architecture Institute
Instructor and Mentor: Summer Multimedia Development Institute, Bryn Mawr College