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I am an assistant professor of information science at the University of Kentucky. I received my BA in Philosophy & Religious Studies / English from Monmouth College, and my MA and PhD in Information Science and Learning Technologies from the University of Missouri.

Research Updates

I am working on an information retrieval project related to bibliographic and abstracting/indexing databases. The problem investigates discrepancies among systems based on the same data file. Currently, we have one manuscript under review, one presentation scheduled for MLA '19, and one poster scheduled for iConference 2019.

I am also beginning a line of research that investigates how document presentation and metadata explains variance in perceptions of truth. Our work has passed review by our institutional review board and data collection is in process. This is a quasi-experimental study.

Teaching Updates

I teach in two academic programs: information communication technology (ICT) and library science (LS). For the spring 2019 semester, I am teaching an ICT undergraduate course on semantic web development and a LS graduate source on electronic resource management.

I also regularly teach undergraduate courses covering Linux systems administration (ICT) and personal knowledge management (ICT), and a graduate course on knowledge management (LS/ICT).