First Graduates of the SOIS PhD First Graduates of the SOIS PhD

The School of Information Studies is excited to announce our first doctoral graduates in Information Studies: Suyu Lin and Kun Lu.

Suyu’s dissertation is titled “A Comparative Study on Institutional Repositories (IRs): Comparing Organizational Factors Influencing Initiation and Implementation of Two IR Projects”. In the abstract, Suyu writes “The results suggest that a formal faculty leader in the initial stages of development of institutional repository project may assist in garnering faculty support related to the endeavor and that later librarians may take the lead to move the IR project forward when the institution has developed sufficient faculty support.” She received a B.A. in Library and Information Science from the National Taiwan University and a M.L.S from the University of Pittsburg. Her research interests include open access, international and comparative librarianship, intercultural information ethics, knowledge management and information policy.

Kun’s dissertation is titled “Assessing Systematic Topic Difficulty Based on Query and Collection Features”. As stated in the abstract, the results of the study “provide a comprehensive understanding of the existing problems, possible solutions and future trends for research on assessing systematic topic difficulty.” He received a B.S in Information Management and Systems and a M.S. in Information Management from Wuhan University. His research interests include information retrieval system design, applied infometrics, data mining, and natural language processing.

SOIS began offering a PhD in Information Studies in 2008 with three concentrations in: information organization, information policy, and information retrieval. The program currently has over 25 students.

Congratulations to Suyu and Kun!  

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