Lala Hajibayova

Lala Hajibayova, Ph.D.

School of Information
Associate Professor
Contact Information


Lala Hajibayova is an associate professor in the Kent State University School of Information.  Hajibayova teaches courses on Information Representation and Organization, Indexing and Abstracting, Social Informatics and Scholarly Communication. She received her Ph.D. in Information Science with a minor in Communications from Indiana University Bloomington. Hajibayova’s research falls into a broad category of sociotechnical studies, information representation and organization, and scholarly communication. She is particularly interested in examining interplay between individuals’ contextualized experiences, patterns and behaviors of engaging with systems and the potential of individuals’ collective actions to enrich systems of representation, organization and discovery, leading to ways to facilitate designing of human-centered systems that embrace multiplicity of views and comply with ethical norms. Her research has been published in leading peer-reviewed information science journals including Information Processing and Management, Journal of Association for Information Science and Technology, Journal of Information Science and Journal of Documentation and Information Research.

*The School of Information faculty are superstars in the field. Therefore, it is impossible to list all of the great work they do on one page. Listed below is a small selection of recent work. Further information can be viewed in Dr. Hajibayova’s CV (found below) or on her Google Scholar page. 


Academic Program
Library & Information Science

Information and Knowledge Organization Data/Information/TechnologyCultural Heritage Informatics

Research Specialties

Scholarly CommunicationsComputer-supported Collaborative WorkAltmetricsNatural Language ProcessingInformation BehaviorDiscovery SystemsInformation System DesignUser-generated TagsThe Digital DivideInformation EthicsNet Neutrality

Selected Publications

Hajibayova, L. (2020). (Un)Theorizing citizen science: Investigation of theories applied to citizen science studies. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIS&T), 71(8), 916-926.

Hajibayova, L. (2019). An investigation of cultural objects in conflict zones through the lens of TripAdvisor reviews: A case of South Caucasus. Journal of Information Science.

Hajibayova, L. (2019). Exploring individuals’ patterns of personal information management practices: Factors influencing the representation, organization and credibility assessment of information. Information Research, 24(3), paper 835.

Hajibayova, L. (2019). Investigation of Goodreads reviews: Kakutanied, deceived or simply honest? Journal of Documentation, 75(3), 612-626.

Hajibayova, L. (2018). Leveraging collective intelligence: From univocal to multivocal representation of cultural heritage. Journal of Documentation74(6), 1190-1203.

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.


Principal Investigator for “An investigation of STEM book reviews,” KSU College of Communication and Information (CCI) seed grant, $7,000, 2018


  • Summer Research Institute for the Science of Socio-Technical Systems, National Science Foundation, Consortium for the Science of Sociotechnical Systems (CSST) Fellowship, Stevenson, WA (2016)
  • Indiana University Bloomington, School of Library and Information Science, Dean’s Fellowship (2007 - 2011)
  • U.S. Department of State, Edmund S. Muskie/Freedom Support Graduate Program Fellowship (2001 - 2003)

Professional Service

  • Review Editor for Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence: Language and Computation 
  • Served as Chair for ASIS&T Special Interest Group/Classification Research (SIG CR) (2016 - 2019)


  • American Society for information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), Member (2008 - Present)
  • International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO), Member (2010 - Present)


Ph.D. from Indiana University Bloomington, M.L.S. from St. John’s University (New York), B.S./M.S. in Electromechanical Engineering from the Civil Engineering Institute (Baku, Azerbaijan)


Information Representation, Information Organization, Sociotechnical Studies, Scholarly communication