Jens-Erik Mai named new head of University of Copenhagen iSchool


Jens-Erik Mai will take on the position as Head of Department at the Royal School of Library and Information Science (RSLIS), Copenhagen, Denmark on Sept. 1st 2017. He has been full professor at the department since 2012, and was previously associate professor at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, where he also served as Vice Dean and Acting Dean. Prior to that he was a faculty member at the University of Washington Information School, where he also co-directed the Center for Human-Information Interaction. Jens-Erik Mai has an MLIS from RSLIS and a PhD from the Information School at the University of Texas in Austin.

Jens-Erik Mai will take over the position after Per Hasle, who has headed the RSLIS since 2008. During Per Hasle’s tenure, RSLIS has developed tremendously; most significantly, Per Hasle oversaw the successful merger of RSLIS with the University of Copenhagen in 2013. RSLIS is now one of eight departments at the University’s Faculty of Humanities, and a significant player in the Faculty’s digital initiatives, including the faculty-wide strategic efforts in the area of digital humanities.

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2015 Tony Kent Strix Award winner is Peter Ingwersen


“The winner of the 2015 Tony Kent Strix Award is Peter Ingwersen, Professor Emeritus at The Royal School of Library and Information Science, University of Copenhagen (Denmark).
UKeiG, in association with the International Society for Knowledge Organisation UK and the British Computer Society Information Retrieval Specialist Group, is delighted to announce that this year’s winner of the Tony Kent Strix Award is Peter Ingwersen, Professor Emeritus at The Royal School of Library and Information Science, University of Copenhagen, Professor II at Oslo University College, Norway and Docent at Åbo Akademi University, Finland.
Professor Ingwersen’s major and sustained contribution to the theoretical and experimental understanding of information retrieval makes him an excellent candidate for the Award. His work includes the first and most detailed empirical study of people’s interactions with human search intermediaries using a naturalistic approach – now compulsory reading for both theoreticians and practitioners – which was used to inform the design of automated search intermediairies such as iPhone’s Siri, and his visionary monograph Information Retrieval Interaction (Taylor Graham, 1992) as well as the seminal work on defining and developing the “Principle of Polyrepresentation”, which has been instrumental in theoretically explaining why and how faceted categorisation and presentation, used in most websites today, helps users to perform effective relevance judgements and query formulation. His innovative and highly practical application of bibliometric and informetric approaches to the construction and use of information resources, structures and technologies on the web, which he coined “Webometrics”, has had a tremendous impact far outreaching the borders of information retrieval research, as has his innovative research on the integration of the information retrieval and human information seeking processes, which he developed both theoretically and empirically with Professor Jarvelin – a previous Award winner.”
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European iSchool leaders meet in Copenhagen to discuss cooperation and EU initiatives


Leaders from the European iSchools met in Copenhagen the weekend of November 7-8, 2013 to discuss cooperation and EU initiatives. Those in attendance:

  • Julie Mcleod, Northumbria University
  • Michael Seadle, Humboldt University
  • Pedro Simões Coelho,  NOVA University of Lisbon
  • Ann-Sofie Axelsson  University of Boras
  • Nicolas Julien, Télécom Bretagne
  • Philippe Picouet, Télécom Bretagne
  • Val Gillet, University of Sheffield
  • António Lucas Soares, University of Porto
  • Kari-Jouko Räihä, University of Tampere
  • Josep Cobarsí Morales, University of Catalonia
  • Per Hasle, RSLIS