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.
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.