Rich Gazan

Associate Professor
Library & Information Science Program
Information & Computer Sciences Department
Hamilton Library 2J
2550 McCarthy Mall
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808) 956-5838
gazan (at) hawaii (dot) edu
www2.hawaii.edu/~gazan


“I hold a dual-culture faculty position at the University of Hawaii that’s at the intersection of Information & Computer Sciences and Library & Information Science. I’m interested in how people integrate diverse types of knowledge, from collections of diverse documents to the work of people with different kinds of expertise.”


Education

Ph.D. 2004, University of California, Los Angeles
M.L.I.S. 1998, University of Hawaii
B.A. 1987, University of California, Berkeley

Professional Background

Chair, Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Communication & Information Sciences, University of Hawaii

Associate Professor, University of Hawaii Department of Information & Computer Sciences, 2012-present

Assistant Professor, University of Hawaii Department of Information & Computer Sciences, 2007-2012

Assistant Professor, University of Denver Library & Information Science Program, 2005-2007

Information Scientist, Answerbag, 2004-present

Evaluation Consultant, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and UCSD Libraries, La Jolla, CA, 2002-2003

Consultant and Partner, 3Clix, Honolulu, HI, 2000-2002

Library Consultant, Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies, 2000-2001

Information Scientist, SilverPlatter Information (now Ovid), Norwood, MA, 1999-2000

Librarian, SOEST Library, University of Hawaii School of Ocean & Earth Science & Technology, 1998

Systems Analyst, Information Access Company (now Cengage), Foster City, CA, 1996-1997

Database Editor, Information Access Company, Foster City, CA, 1991-1996

Indexer/Abstractor, Information Access Company, Foster City, CA, 1989-1991

Recent Courses Taught

LIS 610: Foundations of Information Professions
LIS 650: Management of Libraries and Information Centers
LIS 663: Database Searching
LIS 699: Directed Reading and Research
ICS 101: Tools for the Information Age
ICS 210: Information Systems and Society
ICS 686: Digital Video Information
ICS 691: Special Topics: Digital Video Analysis & Creation
ICS 691: Special Topics: Social Computing

Current Research Interests

I study information integration in interdisciplinary scientific collaborations as a Co-Investigator with the NASA Astrobiology Institute at UH, and in social computing environments with the Answerbag question answering community.

Selected Publications

Rich Gazan (2010). Microcollaborations in a Social Q&A Community. Information Processing & Management 46(6), 693-702.

Rich Gazan and Lisa Miller (2010). The Practical Mechanics of Interdisciplinary Science. Astrobiology Science Conference, 26-29 April 2010, League City, TX.

Lisa Miller and Rich Gazan (2010). Adaptation of an Open Source Semantic and Conceptual Retrieval Framework to the Astrobiological Domain. Astrobiology Science Conference, 26-29 April 2010, League City, TX.

Rich Gazan (2010). AIRFrame: Integrating Diverse Digital Collections in Astrobiology. ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, 21-25 June 2010, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

Rich Gazan (2009). When Online Communities Become Self-Aware. Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-42), 5-9 January 2009, Waikoloa, HI.

Rich Gazan (2009). Fundamentals of Information Studies: Understanding Information and Its Environment, 2nd ed., by June Lester and Wallace C. Koehler, New York: Neal Schuman. Journal of the American Society for Information Science & Technology 60(2), 429.

Rich Gazan (2008). Social Annotations in Digital Library Collections. D-Lib 14(11/12).

Rich Gazan (2007). Seekers, Sloths and Social Reference: Homework Questions Submitted to a Question Answering Community. New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia 13(2), 239-248.

Rich Gazan (2007). Understanding the Rogue User. In: Diane Nahl and Dania Bilal, eds. Information & Emotion: The Emergent Affective Paradigm in Information Behavior Research and Theory. Medford, New Jersey: Information Today, 177-185.

Rich Gazan (2007). Library Management Education and Reality: A Clearer Connection. In Edward D. Garten, Delmus E. Williams and James M. Nyce, eds. Advances in Library Administration & Organization, vol. 24. JAI Press, Greenwich, CT, 237-254.

Rich Gazan (2007). Understanding and Communicating Social Informatics: A Framework for Studying and Teaching the Human Contexts of Information and Communication Technologies, by Rob Kling, Howard Rosenbaum and Steve Sawyer. Medford, NJ: Information Today. Journal of the American Society for Information Science & Technology 58(1), 151-152.

Rich Gazan (2006). Specialists and Synthesists in a Question Answering Community. American Society for Information Science & Technology Annual Meeting, 3-9 November 2006, Austin, TX.

Rich Gazan (2005). Imposing Structures: Narrative Analysis and the Design of Information Systems. Library & Information Science Research 27(3), 346-362.

Rich Gazan (2005). Digital Library Evaluation: A Longer View. D-Lib 11(7) Joint Conference on Digital Libraries Workshop Report: Studying Digital Library Users in the Wild: Theories, Methods, and Analytical Approaches.

Rich Gazan (2003). Metadata as a Realm of Translation: Merging Knowledge Domains in the Design of an Environmental Information System. Knowledge Organization 30 (3/4), 182-190.

Rich Gazan, Gregory H. Leazer, Christine L. Borgman, Anne J. Gilliland-Swetland, Laura Smart, Dan Ancona, Rachel Michael Nilsson (2003). Use Scenarios in the Development of the Alexandria Digital Earth Prototype. American Society for Information Science & Technology Annual Meeting, 19-22 October 2003, Long Beach, CA.

Christine L. Borgman, Gregory H. Leazer, Anne J. Gilliland-Swetland & Rich Gazan (2001). Iterative Design and Evaluation of a Geographic Digital Library for University Students: A Case Study of the Alexandria Digital Earth Prototype (ADEPT). Proceedings of the Fifth European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries, 4-8 September 2001, Darmstadt, Germany.

Rich Gazan (2000). The Wonder Years of XML. Library Computing 19(1/2), 13-17.

Christine L. Borgman, Anne J. Gilliland-Swetland, Gregory H. Leazer, Richard Mayer, David Gwynn, Rich Gazan & Patricia Mautone (2000). Evaluating Digital Libraries for Teaching and Learning in Undergraduate Education: A Case Study of the Alexandria Digital Earth Prototype (ADEPT). Library Trends 49(2), 228-250.

Selected Presentations

Rich Gazan (2007). Social Computing as Co-created Experience. American Society for Information Science & Technology Annual Meeting, 21-24 October 2007, Milwaukee, WI.

Rich Gazan (2007). Technologies of Forgetting and Exclusion: Case Studies in the Social Benefits of Forgetting. Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, 11-13 October 2007, Montreal, QC.

Rich Gazan (2006). Making Google Happy: The Evolution of an Online Question Answering Community. University of Hawaii Department of Information & Computer Sciences, 27 June 2006, Honolulu, HI.

Rich Gazan (2006). Beyond Trust: Becoming a Critical Information Consumer. School of Communication Summit, 1-3 March 2006, Denver, CO.

Rich Gazan (2004). Hybrid Knowledge: Concepts and Applications. University of Michigan School of Information, 4 February 2004, Ann Arbor, MI.

Rich Gazan (2004). Creating Hybrid Knowledge. University of British Columbia School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, 9 March 2004, Vancouver, BC.

Rich Gazan (2004). Creating Hybrid Knowledge: A Role for the Professional Integrationist. Association for Library & Information Science Education Annual Conference, 6-9 January 2004, San Diego, CA.

Rich Gazan (2002). Creating Connections in Multidisciplinary Problem-Focused Research. Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, 7-10 November 2002, Milwaukee, WI.

Rich Gazan (2002). Creating Connections in Multidisciplinary Problem-Focused Research: A Role for Information Studies? UCLA Department of Information Studies, 31 Oct 2002, Los Angeles, CA.