Visiting Scholars

Ali Al-Aufi (PhD) is an Associate Professor at the Department of Information Studies at Sultan Qaboos University, Oman. He received his MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh in 2001 and his PhD in Information Management from Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia, in 2007. He coordinated the MA program in Library and Information Science at SQU, Oman. He has successfully published research papers in regional and international recognized journals. His research interests include information management, scholarly communication, social informatics, and philosophy of LIS.

During his scholarly visit at SILS, Al-Aufi is hoping to conduct and complete a couple research projects, one of which investigates the Omani parliamentarians’ perception and utilization of social networking tools as information sources. The other examines the social epistemology and novelty of the Arabic LIS scholarship. 

alaufia@live.unc.edu 
Sponsor: Dr. Gary Marchionini, Dean and Cary C. Boshamer Professor


Kyungjae Bae (PhD) is an Associate Professor at the Department of Library and Information Science at Dongduk Women’s University, Seoul, South Korea. He received his M.A. (2004) and PhD (2009) in Library and Information Science from the Sungkyunkwan University in South Korea. He’s worked in the LG Sangnam Library, the first digital library in Korea, as a team manager for 10 years before joining the University. In the Library, He performed several digital library projects (https://www.lg.or.kr/eng/pages/about/overview.do) such as digital services for youth and the disabled. His research interests include information literacy, data literacy, information service for the disadvantaged, and usability evaluation. 

During his scholarly visit at SILS, Kyungjae Bae has a plan to conduct a couple research projects: analyzing comparatively the library service system of the U.S. and Korea, and designing user-experience based on library service scenarios for the disabled, which is funded by the National Research Foundation of Korea.

email coming soon
Sponsor: Dr. Gary Marchionini, Dean and Cary C. Boshamer Professor 


Houqiang Yu is a PhD candidate at the School of Information Management of Wuhan University in China. His current research interest are altmetrics, scholarly communication, and informetrics. He also conducted research on knowledge fusion and information visualization. He is involved with several projects funded by the China Natural Science Foundation and the China Social Science Foundation.

At SILS, he is collaborating with Prof. Brad Hemminger and the Internactive Information Systems Lab members to conduct empirical studies on altmetrics indicators and develop methodologies and related tools for improving altmetrics. He will utilize UNC Chapel Hill and other resources to establish connections to an international altmetrics community via various seminars, workshops, and conferences. Meanwhile, he’d like to observe some SILS courses during his visit.

yuhouq@live.unc.edu
Sponsor: Dr. Brad M. Hemminger, Associate Professor