Chirag Shah (’10) promoted, awarded funding from IMLS and Google

June 2, 2016

Chirag Shah (Ph.D. ’10), alumnus of the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), has been promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Library and Information Science at the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University, effective July 1, 2016.

This spring, Shah received funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and Google to support his research.

The IMLS 2016 National Leadership Grants for Libraries award will provide $491,973 for a three-year project titled “Online Q&A in STEM Education: Curating the Wisdom of the Crowd.” The project addresses the growing need for investigating people’s online question-answering (Q&A) behavior and the quality assessment method applied by experts to augment learning experiences of students, specifically in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. It will serve libraries and librarians, as well as students and educators in STEM classes.

Shah also received a Google Award worth $62,813 for a project titled "Predicting Search Behavior Using Physical and Online Explorations.”

Shah had previously received awards and grants from the National Science Foundation and IMLS, including the IMLS Faculty Early Career Award, as well as from private organizations such as Amazon, Google, and Yahoo. His research interests include studies of interactive information seeking, especially in the context of online social networks and collaborations, contextual information mining, and applications of social media services for exploring critical socio-political issues. He serves on the board of Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) as the Director of the Chapter Assembly.