Knowledge Organization Systems

Athena Salaba

Athena Salaba, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
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Introduction Video: Meet Athena Salaba, Ph.D. 

Athena Salaba, Ph.D., an iSchool faculty member since January 2004, teaches in the area of information organization. Her research interests include the organization of information, metadata, knowledge organization systems, subject access to information, user studies, and information-seeking behavior. She also collaborated with iSchool Professor Yin Zhang, Ph.D., on an IMLS-funded research project on FRBR implementation to develop effective library catalogs. She is the recipient of the Bohdan S. Wynar Research Paper Competition Award (Yin Zhang and Athena Salaba), Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), 2009. She is the author of a number of refereed journal articles, book chapters, conference papers and presentations, and co-author of Implementing FRBR in Libraries: Key Issues and Future Directions (New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2009; with Y. Zhang) and Cataloging and Classification: An Introduction, 4th edition (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2016; with L.M. Chan). She served as the co-chair and secretary of the IFLA Working Group on the Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Records (FRSAR) and chair of the Subject Analysis Committee (SAC) of ALA’s ALCTS Division; she currently serves as a member of the IFLA’s FRBR Review Group. She holds a Ph.D. in library and information studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and M.L.S. and B.A. in cultural anthropology from Kent State University.

Advising areas: cataloging, metadata, academic librarianship, digital librarianship


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison; , M.L.S., Kent State University; , B.A., Kent State University
Organization Of Information, Metadata, Knowledge Organization Systems, Controlled Vocabularies, User Information Searching