Library and Information Science
University of America
Department of Library and
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
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.
A faceted library
interface showing three facets along with query box, results, and
SIGCHI PhotoHistory enabled human-computer interaction (HCI)
professionals to browse and annotate photos at an interactive public
exhibit and also on the web.
Hours - Fall 2013
of all, if you have a question or need to reach me, don’t wait
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
(firstname.lastname@example.org). We can also use Skype or the Adobe Connect web conferencing
remotely share desktops.
Last update 11/18/2013
- November 20
- No hours during CUA holidays and when university is closed
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