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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


While I am on leave this year, I am not maintaining this site. For up-to-date information, please see my blog, questionablepedagogy.com/.

I am the Chair of the Department of Library and Information Science (on leave 2015-16). 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.

I am interested in how we teach with and about technology in the field of library and information science (LIS). A developing area of my research is in the area of technology competencies in LIS education - the skills that new students bring, the expectations that LIS programs have, and how programs are assessing and supporting new students.

My previous research has addressed the the design and evaluation of rich information interfaces in support of complex information seeking and retrieval tasks like exploratory search. I have studied 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.

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

I am generally on campus between 10:00am and 5:00pm. I can schedule appointments earlier or later with some advance planning. I have an open door policy - if my door is open, I'm usually happy to chat for a few minutes.

I can be available by phone, email, Skype, etc. I try to respond to emails and voicemail (301-755-7982) within 1 business day, although I sometimes get behind on email.

Last update 10/20/2014