SILS welcomes visiting scholars

August 14, 2012


The School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill welcomes visiting scholars from Korea, China and Australia. They include, Jong Sung Kim from Keimyung University; Fenglin Li from Wuhan University; and Falk Scholer from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

Jong Sung Kim's teaching and research interests include school library media program and youth services in public libraries in Korea. He will attend two SILS classes per semester, thus adding his expertise to our students’ experiences, and participate in SILS brown-bag lunches and faculty meetings. He may also conduct a public lecture during his time in North Carolina. His host at SILS is Dr. Sandra Hughes-Hassell, SILS professor.

Dr. Kim holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Library and Information Science from Pusan National University. He is currently chair of the Department of Library and Information Science, Keimyung University. He has written a number of books and articles on bibliotherapy for children and the history of school libraries in Korea.

Fenglin Li is a senior professor and associate chair at the Department of Information System and E-Commerce, School of Information Management, Wuhan University. This school was the first Chinese School to join the iSchool Caucus, of which SILS is a charter member. He has published papers in peer-reviewed conferences in English as well as papers in Chinese language journals and conferences.

Dr. Li is spending a year in the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Laboratory to perform collaborative research and observe SILS classes that coincide with courses offered at Wuhan University. He will work with students and faculty in the lab on user interface evaluations, participate in discussions related to our work in designing tools to support collaborative Web search over multiple sessions, observe courses in HCI and information seeking behavior and give at least two guest lectures, one related to his own research and one related to the information science program at Wuhan. His host is Dr. Gary Marchionini, dean and Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished professor.

Falk Scholer lectures at the School of Computer Science and Information Technology at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Australia.

Dr. Scholer has an international reputation in the area of information search. He is active in all major conferences and has made substantial contributions to the growth of the field through his research, teaching and service. Dr. Scholer’s research is specifically related to understanding human information behavior, developing behavioral models and technologies that help people find information and developing evaluation approaches for these technologies.

During Dr. Scholer’s stay at SILS, he and his sponsor, Dr. Diane Kelly, Frances Carroll McColl Term Professor, will collaborate on a project that investigates how the design of search systems conditions people to act in particular ways, and how this can limit people’s abilities to solve particular kinds of information search problems. While visiting, Dr. Scholer will audit SILS courses and will be invited to participate in lab meetings, brown bag discussion sessions and presentations.