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.
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.
Last update 10/20/2014
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.