The latest addition to the School of Information and Library Science’s (SILS) list of faculty book publications is Interactive Information Seeking, Behaviour, and Retrieval, co-edited by Dr. Diane Kelly and Dr. Ian Ruthven (University of Strathclyde, UK).
The book, a collection of thirteen essays, addresses recent advances in interactive information retrieval. "Interactive Information Retrieval (IIR)," says Dr. Kelly, "blends research from information retrieval (IR), information behavior and human computer interaction (HCI) to form a unique research specialty that is focused on enabling people to explore, resolve and manage their information problems via interactions with information systems. IIR research consists of studies of people's information search behaviors, their use of interfaces and search features, and their interactions with systems. IIR research is also concerned with classification, indexing and retrieval techniques that are tailored to individual users or groups of users."
Contributors to the book are some of the leading authors and thinkers in the areas of information-seeking, behaviour and retrieval. Coming from academia and industry, they lay the intellectual foundations of the area and provide over 500 references to related work. The book aims to become an indispensable text for LIS graduate students and for professionals who want to better appreciate how information retrieval systems are designed, implemented and evaluated.