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Department of Library and Information Science

The Catholic University of America

Department of Library and
Information Science
CLS 314C
Washington, D.C. 20064


I am interested in the design and evaluation of rich information interfaces in support of complex information seeking and retrieval tasks like exploratory search.

One of my main areas of research has been how faceted search interfaces can support exploratory search, where searchers may have evolving information needs, or may be unfamiliar with what they are looking for.

Another focus of my research has been technology competencies in library and information science (LIS) education - the skills that new students bring, the expectations that LIS programs have, and how programs are assessing and supporting new students.

I teach in the areas of information systems, information architecture, systems analysis, programming for Web applications, user interface design, and the design and production of multimedia. I try to include a project working with a real-world organization in almost all of my courses in order to give students real-world experience and put their classwork to good use in a socially benificial way.

Categorized Overviews Thumbnail

A faceted library interface showing three facets along with query box, results, and breadcrumbs trail.

SIGCHI Photo History Thumbnail

The SIGCHI PhotoHistory enabled human-computer interaction (HCI) professionals to browse and annotate photos at an interactive public exhibit and also on the web.

Office Hours - Fall 2013

First of all, if you have a question or need to reach me, don’t wait for my office hours – please call or email me. I try to respond within 1 business day, and sooner if it’s urgent.

With that said, it is sometimes best to sit down together, face-to-face. I encourage students to meet with me in person when practical, and I am happy to make an appointment outside of my scheduled office hours.

During office hours I am available by phone, email, and Gmail chat (wmkules@gmail.com). We can also use Skype or the Adobe Connect web conferencing tool to remotely share desktops.

Weekly office hours:

  • Wednesdays 1:00-2:30 pm
  • November 20
  • No hours during CUA holidays and when university is closed
  • Other exceptions are posted here or on my office door as they arise
Last update 11/18/2013