Information Organization & Retrieval

Our Specialties


Archival Arrangement and Description

Faculty Expert

Dr. Karen Gracy  Dr. Heather Soyka

Explore our faculty’s work in Archival Arrangement and Description

  • Gracy, K. F. (2015). Archival description and linked data: A preliminary study of opportunities and implementation challenges. Archival Science, 15 , 239-254.
  • Gracy, K. F., & Lambert, F. (2014). Who’s ready to surf the next wave? A study of perceived challenges to implementing new and revised standards for archival description. American Archivist, 77(1), 96-132.


Faculty Experts

Explore our faculty’s work in Cataloging

  • Chan, L. M., & Salaba, A. (2016). Cataloging and classification: An introduction (4th ed.). Scarecrow Press, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.


Faculty Experts

Dr. Athena Salaba  Dr. Marcia Zeng

Cross-language Information Retrieval

Faculty Expert

Dr. Athena Salaba

Discovery Systems

Faculty Experts

Dr. Lala Hajibayova  Dr. Athena Salaba

Explore our faculty’s work in Discovery Systems

  • Buente, W., Baybayan, C., Hajibayova, L., McCorkhill, M., & Panchyshyn, R. (2020). Exploring the renaissance of wayfinding and voyaging through the lens of knowledge representation, organization and discovery systems. Journal of Documentation, 76(6), 1279-1293.


Faculty Expert

Dr. Athena Salaba

Explore Our Faculty's Work in Indexing

  • Salaba, A. (2009). End-user understanding of indexing language information. Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, 47(1), 23-51.

Interactive Information Retrieval

Faculty Experts

Dr. Athena Salaba  Dr. Catherine Smith

Explore Our Faculty’s Work in Interactive Information Retrieval

  • Smith, C. L., Gwizdka, J., & Feild, H. (2017). The use of query auto-completion over the course of search sessions with multifaceted information needs. Information Processing & Management, 53(5), 1139–1155.

Linked Data

Faculty Experts

Dr. Marcia Zeng Dr. Karen Gracy

Explore our faculty’s work in Linked Data

  • Gracy, K. F. (2018). Enriching and enhancing moving images with Linked Data: An exploration in the alignment of metadata models. Journal of Documentation, 74(2), 354-371.
  • Hajibayova, L. (2013). News, blog, ecommerce: Does genre matter for taggers? Transition cultures, transition KO: Evolving exploration, critical reflection, and practical work. In Proceedings of the Fourth North American Symposium on Knowledge Organization (NASKO 2013).


Faculty Experts

Explore our faculty’s work in Metadata

  • Salaba, A. & Tennis, J. T. (2018). Solid foundations and some secondary assumptions in the design of bibliographic metadata: Toward a typology of complementary uses of metadata. In Proceedings of the Fifteenth International ISKO Conference, Porto, Portugal, 9-11 July 2018. Würzburg: Ergon Verlag.
  • Zeng, M. L. & Qin, J. (2021). Metadata (3rd ed.). ALA Neal-Schuman.
  • Zeng, M., Gracy, K. F., & M. Žumer. (2014). Using a semantic analysis tool to generate subject access points: A study using Panofsky’s Theory and two research samples. Knowledge Organization, 41(6).
  • Zeng, M. L., Gracy, K. F., & Skirvin, L. (2013). Navigating the intersection of library bibliographic data and linked music information sources: A case study in metadata alignment. Journal of Library Metadata, 13(2-3), 254-278.


Faculty Expert

Dr. Marcia Zeng


Faculty Experts

Dr. Marcia Zeng  Dr. Athena Salaba

User-generated Tags

Faculty Experts

Dr. Lala Hajibayova

Explore Our Faculty’s Work in User-Generated Tags

  • Hajibayova, L., & Jacob, E. K. (2016). An investigation of the levels of abstraction of tags across three resource genres. Information Processing & Management, 52(6), 1178-1187.
  • Hajibayova, L., & Jacob, E. K. (2015). Factors influencing user-generated vocabularies: How basic are basic level terms? Knowledge Organization, 42(2), 102-112.