I have woven together three career strands in librarianship, systems management, and information science research; this is my fifth year in campus leadership as a dean.
I worked privately and in government as a professional law librarian in California and in New York. I was also a court-certified paralegal for complex criminal case litigation in State and Federal courts.
I served in healthcare as an information services manager and then as a library information systems director in academia. I have been a senior academic library manager since 2002.
Most recently I am a select and peer-review editor, author, and doctoral advisor on the history and foundations of information science and newer philosophies of information and librarianship.
My latest research examines intuition, particularly in its collective form, and our emerging understanding from cognitive sciences on abilities to share memory and logic, together as a kind of cultural system, a form of community, and potential theoretical basis for citizen science and its correlates. This connects the idea of extended cognition with holistic epistemology in examining how groups and individuals learn together. My concentration exemplar is in the emerging field of astroinformatics.
MLIS, UC Berkeley (1984)
Intuition and Holistic Epistemology, Philosophy of Information, Philosophy of Citizen Science
(2020), Depth of Study Indicates Long-term Investigation. In “Information and Design: Book Symposium on Luciano Floridi’s The Logic of Information” Journal of Documentation [January 2020] https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/JD-10-2019-0200/full/html
(2018), Epistemology Beyond the Brain. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, with Lynnsey K Weissenberger and John M Budd. 69(5):710-719. https://doi.org/10.1002/asi.23994
Issue editor (2015, Winter), Exploring Philosophies of Information. Library Trends, 63(3).
(2014), Intuition, Computation, and Information. Minds and Machines, 24(1), 85-88.
Issue editor (2004, Winter), Philosophy of Information. Library Trends, 52(3).
(2003), An Information Continuum Conjecture. Minds and Machines, 13(4), 553-566.
(2001, Spring), Librarianship and the Philosophy of Information. Library Philosophy and Practice, 3.
(2013). Philosophy of Time and Computation. In First International Conference on Philosophy of Information in China. Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, China.
(2007). A Secular Buddhist Information Ethics? In North American Computing and Philosophy. Loyola University, Chicago, IL.
(2005). A Buddhist Model for the Informational Person. In Second Asia-Pacific Computing and Philosophy. Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.
(2003). An Information Continuum Conjecture. In First European Computing and Philosophy. University of Glasgow, Glasgow Scotland, United Kingdom.
(2002). Is There An Information Ethics? In Computing and Philosophy. Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.
(2002). Objects of Applied Philosophy of Information in Librarianship. In Computing and Philosophy. Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.
(2007). A Buddhist Model for the Informational Person. In Soraj Hongladarom (Eds.). Computing and Philosophy in Asia. Newcastle, United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars.
Regular Member, Association for Information Science and Technology, 2004-2006; Advisory Board Member (2013-2014) and Chair (2015-2016), History and Foundations of Information Science SIG, 2014-
Personal Member, Commission for the History and Philosophy of Computing, 2014- (hapoc.org)
Lifetime Member, Society for the Philosophy of Information, founded 2013 (socphilinfo.org)
Group Member, Philosophy of the Web Community, W3C, 2013- (www.w3.org/community/philoweb)
Personal Member, International Association for Computing and Philosophy, 2003- (ia-cap.org)
Correspondent, Oxford University Computing Laboratory, Oxford University Research Group on the Philosophy of Information (Information Ethics Group), 2002- (www.cs.ox.ac.uk/activities/ieg/people/people.html)
I have attended information science and philosophy conferences in Xi'an and Wuhan and have been invited to lecture and visit at information and library schools around the country. I have no language skills but through my professional membership in the Association of Information Science and Technology and participation with the iSchools movement worldwide I have become a kind of ambassador for cultural exchanges between China and the wider Asian region with Western partners. No future travel plans have materialized as of yet, though I continue to associate with Chinese colleages at domestic and international conferences.
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