Dr. Brian Butler

CIS Welcomes Dr. Brian Butler as Our Seminar Speaker

We are very pleased to have Dr. Brian Butler as our seminar speaker.

Please join us on Sept 24 (Mon) at 4:30 pm. It is sure to be a thought provoking and interesting talk!

We will have very light pupus in the LIS cafe after Brian’s talk so you can get to know him a bit and schedule a time to talk further with him if you would like. 

He is at Shidler until Oct 6th and has an office in C401B.

Dr. Brian Butler

Dr. Brian Butler

Topic: “Wherever you go, there you are”: Taking the concept of “local” seriously in Library, Information and Computing Research


Much has been written about the potential for information and communication technologies to eliminate the constraints of space and time.   Yet, despite the hope for disconnection between information/computation and place, we continue to struggle with the challenges of ensuring that the technologies and systems we create meet the needs of particular communities and individuals who necessarily exist in particular places.  The premise of this talk is that as long as information/computational systems are based on and created for corporeal entities, we must have a comprehensive understanding of “local” if we are to realize the potential and avoid the pitfalls of emerging technologies and the new information infrastructures they enable (or said another way: as long as there are physical devices and real people involved, “All information use is local” – and if we fail to understand what this means, we will miss opportunities for interesting, high impact advances in information and computing research).

Speaker Biography:

Dr. Brian Butler is Professor and Senior Associate Dean at the University of Maryland, College of Information Studies. His research focuses on developing theories and techniques that enable groups, communities, and organizations to harness the full potential of new technologies. His recent work examines the role of information institutions and infrastructures in community resilience. Butler’s research and community-building work have been funded by federal agencies, foundations and corporations that include National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Microsoft Research, Yahoo! and Intel. His work has been published in venues such as MIS Quarterly, Organization Science, Information Systems Research, ACM Transactions on Computer Human Interaction, The Journal of Medical Internet Research, and The Journal of the Association of Information Science and Technology.