VITAE

Education

Ph.D. Information Science, January 2010
Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Science, August 2009
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

M.B.A. Simmons College, Boston, MA, 1987

B.A. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, 1977

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor , School of Library and Information Science,
Kent State University, August 2010 – present

Post-doctoral Research Associate, School of Communication and Information Rutgers University, September 2009 – June 2010

Instructor , School of Communication and Information
Rutgers University, Fall 2007 – Spring 2008

Teaching Assistant , School of Communication and Information
Rutgers University, Fall 2003 – Summer 2006 and Spring 2007

Research Interests

The psychology of information search, search behavior, search expertise, search education, the design of interactive retrieval systems, and digital libraries.

Grants and Support

  • Principal investigator on Google Research Award, $76,000, for “A description of domain-independent search expertise”, awarded Summer 2011
  • Co-principal investigator on Google Research Award, $70,000, for "Why users don't take suggestions: Visual and semantic processing in the uptake of suggested query-terms ", Fall 2008, (with N. Wacholder)
  • SCILS Graduate Fellowship, 2008-2009 Academic Year, Rutgers University, School of Communication, Information, and Library Studies
  • Student Travel Grant, ACM Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval, $1,600, July 2008
  • Co-principal investigator on SC&I Research Development Award, $2,100, for “Identifying factors that inhibit information seekers' recognition of useful query terms ”, Fall 2006, (with N. Wacholder)

Publications and Proceedings

[link to my profile on: Google Scholar; Microsoft Research]

Peer reviewed journal articles:

  • Smith, C.L. (2014). Domain-independent search expertise: A description of procedural knowledge gained during guided instruction. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology.
  • Smith, C.L. & Roseberry, M. L. (2013). Professional education in expert search: A content model. The Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 53(4), 255-269.

Refereed conference proceedings:

  • Dickerhoof, A. & Smith, C.L. (2014). Looking for query terms on search engine results pages. Poster to be presented the Annual Conference of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST '14), Seattle, WA.
  • Smith, C.L. (2012). Exploring and describing search expertise. In Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST '12), Baltimore, MD.
  • Smith, C.L. & Wacholder, N. (2010). Developing a detailed view of query reformulation: One step in an incremental approach. Paper presented at the American Society for Information Science and Technology Annual Meeting (ASIST '10) , Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Smith, C.L. & Wacholder, N. (2010). Why do users neglect suggestions?: Effects of semantic relatedness and task on word recognition. Poster presented at the 2010 iConference, Urbana-Champaign, IL.
  • Smith, C.L. & Wacholder, N. (2010). Why Users Don't Take Suggestions: Preliminary Results. Poster presented at the Association for Library and Information Science Education Annual Conference (ALISE '10), Boston , MA .
  • Smith, C.L. (2009). Sensitivity to the results list : A response to poor system performance. Poster presented at the Association for Library and Information Science Education Annual Conference (ALISE '09), Denver, CO .
  • Smith, C.L. & Kantor, P.B. (2008). User adaptation: Good results from poor systems. Proceedings of the 31st annual international ACM SIGIR conference on Research and development in information retrieval (SIGIR '08), Singapore, 147-154.
  • Smith, C.L. (2008). Searcher adaptation: A response to topic difficulty. In Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST '08), Columbus, OH.
  • Barrett, L.P., de Richemond, J., Gal, C. S., Kantor, P. B., & Smith, C. L. (2008). Assessing the Impact of IAIMS on the UMDNJ “Information Workspace”. Poster presented at the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting (MLA ‘08 ), Chicago, IL.
  • Muresan, G., Smith, C. L., Cole, M., Liu, L., & Belkin, N. (2006). Detecting document genre for personalization of information retrieval. Proceedings of the 39th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS '06), Kauai, HI.
  • Muresan, G., Cole, M., Smith, C. L., Liu, L., & Belkin, N. (2006). Does familiarity breed content? Taking account of familiarity with a topic in personalizing information retrieval. Proceedings of the 39th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS '06), Kauai, HI.
  • Muresan, G., Liu, L., Cole, M., Smith, C. L., & Belkin, N. (2005). The effect of document readability on perceived familiarity and relevance. Proceedings of Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST '05), Charlotte, NC.

Workshops and symposia papers and posters:

  • Smith, C.L. (2013). Factors affecting conditions of trust in participant recruiting and retention: A position paper. Proceedings of the 2013 workshop on Living labs for Information Retrieval Evaluation (LivingLab '13), 13-14.
  • Smith, C.L. (2011). Conditions of trust for completely remote methods: A proposal for collaboration. 5 th Workshop on Human-Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval (HCIR '11), Mountain View, CA.
  • Smith, C.L. (2008). What might users be learning from the system?. Workshop paper/poster presented at the Workshop on Human-Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval (HCIR '08), Seattle, WA.
  • Smith, C. L. (2007). Stopping behavior in information search: The effect of recent search experience on expectations, confidence, and action. Presentation at Connections 2007, Philadelphia , PA.
  • Barrett, L.P., de Richemond, J., Gal, C. S., Kantor, P. B., & Smith, C. L. (2007). Assessing the Impact of IAIMS on the UMDNJ “Information Workspace” . Poster presented at the American Medical Informatics Association 2007 Annual Symposium, IAIMS Program and Poster Session , Chicago , IL.

Technical reports and editorials:

  • Capra, R., Freund, L., Smith, C.L., Smucker, M., & White, R.W. (2013). HCIR 2013: The seventh international workshop on human-computer interaction and information retrieval. SIGIR Forum, 47(2), 33-40.
  • White, R., Capra, R., Golovchinsky, G., Kules, B., Smith, C., & Tunkelang, D. (2013). Editorial: Introduction to Special Issue on Human-Computer Information Retrieval. Information Processing & Management, 49(5), 1053-1057.
  • Tunkelang, D., Cpara, R., Golovchinsky, G., Kules B., Smith, C. and White, R. (March, 2013). Symposium on human-computer information retrieval. Big Data, 1(1): 65-70.
  • Capra, R., Golovchinsky, G., Kules, B., Smith, C.L. , Tunkelang, D., & White, R.W. (2012). HCIR 2012: The sixth international workshop on human-computer interaction and information retrieval. SIGIR Forum, 46(2), 42-49.
  • Smith, C.L. & Wang, G. (2012). Kent State University/Lemur Remote Toolkit (KLRT): A toolkit for remote collection of client-side search logs. Retrieved from http://iakm-research.slis.kent.edu/~seaed/KLRT_Technical_Report_Smith_Wang_2012.pdf
  • Capra, R., Kules, B., Smith, C.L. , Tunkelang, D., & White, R.W. (2012). HCIR 2011: The fifth international workshop on human-computer interaction and information retrieval. SIGIR Forum, 45(2), 102-107.
  • Capra, R., Kules, B., Smith, C.L. , Tunkelang, D., & White, R.W. (2011). HCIR 2010: The fourth international workshop on human-computer interaction and information retrieval. SIGIR Forum, 44(2), 73-77.
  • Belkin, N., Cole, M., Gwizdka, J., Li, Y.-L., Liu, J.-J., Muresan, G., Roussinov, D., Smith, C. L., Taylor , A., Yuan, X.-J. (2005). Rutgers information interaction lab at TREC 2005: Trying hard. Paper presented at the Fourteenth Text Retrieval Conference (TREC2005), Gaithersburg , MD.
  • Belkin, N., Chaleva, I., Cole, M., Li, Y.-L., Liu, L., Liu, Y.-H., Muresan, G., Smith, C. L., Sun, Y., Yuan, X.-J., & Zhang, X.-M. (2004). Rutgers' HARD track experiences at TREC 2004. Paper presented at the Thirteenth Text Retrieval Conference (TREC2004), Gaithersburg, MD.

Dissertation:

  • Smith, C.L. (2010). Adaptive search behavior: A response to query failure. (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ.

Talks

  • Invited talk at the Northeast Ohio Chapter of ASIST (NORASIST). November, 2012: Exploring & Describing Search Expertise.
  • Brown Bag Lunch at Rutgers University Library & Information Science Department, November, 2009: Why users don't take suggestions: Visual and semantic processing in the uptake of suggested query-terms.
  • Invited talk at Syracuse University School of Information Studies, Brown Bag Lunch, October 2009: Why users don't take suggestions: Semantic processing during the search process (with N. Wacholder).
  • Brown Bag Lunch at Rutgers University Library & Information Science Department, April, 2008: User Adaptation: Good Results from Poor Systems.

Additional Research Experience

Research projects:

  • "Barriers to Innovation: Problems, Experiments, and Paths to Solutions. Final report on research conducted for the White Rose Health Innovation Project." 2006-07, Research Associate. Development, implementation, and analysis of online survey of health-related technology innovators in New Jersey, for the Brystra Corporation.
  • Evaluation of the Integrated Advanced Information Management Systems (IAIMS) Operational Project. 2006. Research team member. Report writing and development of online survey, supervised by Dr. P. Kantor.
  • Website Quality Study, 2006. Research team member. Automation of assessment instrument and evaluation of selected sites, supervised by Dr. C. McInerney
  • Text REtrieval Conference (TREC) 2004, 2005. Research team member. Planning, analysis and writing, supervised by Dr. N. Belkin .

Teaching

Teaching Interests:

Digital libraries, experimental methods, human-computer interaction, information retrieval, interactive search systems, information systems, and system evaluation.

Awards and Recognition:

Certificate of Appreciation: Outstanding Support Provided to Students with Disabilities,
Kent State University Student Accessibility Services,
April 2012

Distinguished Achievement as a Part-time Lecturer,
Library and Information Science Department, Rutgers University SC&I,
December 2006

Courses taught: Kent State University

 

Digital Libraries [LIS 60638]
Fall 2010 - present

Information Storage and Retrieval Systems [LIS 60641]
Spring 2011 - present

Information Technology for Library Professionals [LIS 60003]
Spring and Fall 2011 - present

Courses taught: Rutgers University

 

Database Technologies [ITI, 04:547:330] Fall 2006 - Spring 2008 (4 sections)

Independent Study [ITI, 04:547:460]
Fall 2007; Supervised 2 students in design and implementation of database-driven website

Information Technology and Informatics [ITI, 04:189:103]
Spring 2006 and Teaching Assistant for 6 sections

Management of Technological Organizations [ITI, 04:547:210]
Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Spring 2010

Organizing Information [MLIS, 17:610:520] Spring 2010

Course development: Rutgers University

 

Understanding Library Systems and Software Applications
[MLIS, 17:610:552] Previously "Automated and Networked Systems",redesigned, Fall 2010

Service

School of Library and Information Science, Kent State University
Committee memberships:

  • SLIS Technology Committee, 2010 – present, chair 2013-present
  • Ad hoc Committee on Revisions to FAC Handbook, 2013 - present
  • Ad hoc Committee on Learning Outcomes, 2012
  • Student Academic Complaint Committee, 2010 – 2012
  • Sub-committee on Administration & Financial Support, Committee on Accreditation, 2010 – 2011

Peer review activities: journals

    • ACM Transactions on Information Systems, 2014
    • Information Processing & Management, Special Issue on HCIR, co-guest editor, 2012
    • Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 2010
    • Information Retrieval, 2009

Peer review activities: conferences

    • ACM SIGIR, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014
    • ACM SIGCHI, 2010, 2011
    • Information Interaction in Context Conference (IIiX), 2010, 2012, 2014
    • ASIST Annual Meeting, 2009
    • IEEE International Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics, 2005

Other committees:

Board Membership:

Conference volunteer:

    • Conference on Interdisciplinary Studies in Information Privacy and Security - 2007, 2008
    • Greater New York Area DB/IR Day - 2006

Other:

    • Graduate Student Representative, SC&I Research Development Committee, Fall 2006 - 2009
    • PhD Peer Mentor, SC&I PhD Program, 2008-2009, inaugural academic year
    • Coordination of SC&I Undergraduate Research Day, Spring 2008
    • Development of content for online ITI Program Library Tutorial, implemented in conjunction with Alexander Library staff, Fall 2007

Professional Affiliations

Association for Computing Machinery

Association for Library and Information Science Education

The American Society for Information Science and Technology

Other Professional Experience

Massachusetts Software Council Fellowship Program Internship, 2000;
User Interface Engineering (Jared Spool), Andover , MA

Founder, International Documentary Library Service, 1999 - 2010;
Designed, developed, and launched database-driven digital library for documentary film, television and radio (site no longer hosted)

Management in various capacities in banking and investment services, including systems, operations, marketing, and business strategy.
BankBoston, Boston , MA, 1980 - 1998

Catherine L. Smith   last update 10/4/2014