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Barbara M. Wildemuth

Professor and Associate Dean
School of Information and Library Science
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
100 Manning Hall, CB # 3360
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3360

Phone: (919)962-8072 or (919)962-8366
Fax: (919)962-8071
Email: wildemuth@unc.edu
Vitae: http://ils.unc.edu/~wildem/wildemuth-vitae.pdf

Current and Recent Research Activities/Projects

Systematic Review of Assigned Search Tasks (with Luanne Freund, University of British Columbia, and Elaine Toms, University of Sheffield)
In order to improve the methods used in interactive information retrieval experiments, we are developing a searchable Repository of Assigned Search Tasks (RepAST) of the tasks that have been assigned in past studies.
Digital Library Curriculum Development (Barbara Wildemuth, UNC PI; Jeff Pomerantz, UNC Co-PI; Ed Fox, VA Tech PI; funded by NSF)
Based on current best practices in the teaching of digital library topics, we developed educational modules and materials related to digital libraries, for use in computer science and information and library science programs. The modules continue to be available in Wikiversity, for teachers and scholars to use and adapt.
Recruiting Medical Students into Health Sciences Librarianship: Pursuing the Informationist Concept through a Dual Degree Model (Barbara Wildemuth, PI, with Claudia Gollop, UNC, and Pat Thibodeau and Robert James, Duke University; funded by IMLS)
The project recruited and supported two cohorts of Duke University medical students to complete a master's degree at SILS during their third "research" year at Duke.
Personal Health Records: An Assessment of Needs and Design Requirements (Barbara Wildemuth and Cathy Blake, as part of the project, "Evidence Base for Personal Health Record Usability," Gary Marchionini, PI; funded by NCI)
Interviews were conducted with a sample of people who have young children, people who have chronic illnesses, people who care for elderly parents, and people who are over 70, to discover the ways in which they currently manage their health records and the features they would like to see in online PHR systems.
Open Video Project (Gary Marchionini and Barbara Wildemuth)
The Open Video repository of digital video based at SILS is used as a platform to investigate the ways that people interact with digital video objects and surrogates for those objects.
Establishing a Research Agenda for Studies of Online Search Behaviors: A Delphi Study (with Carol Barry, Louisiana State University)
This Delphi study focuses on the variables that should be included in studies of online searching behaviors. A panel of experienced researchers rated the priority for study of particular variables and the ways in which those variables might be measured in studies of online search behaviors.

Selected Recent Publications

Wildemuth, B.M., Freund, L., & Toms, E.G. (2013). Designing known-item and fact-finding search tasks for studies of interactive information retrieval. ASIS&T European Workshop 2013: Proceedings of the Second Association for Information Science and Technology ASIS&T European Workshop 2013 June 5-6, Åbo/Turku, Finland. Published as Huvila, I. (ed.). Skrifter utgivna av Informationsvetenskap vid Åbo Akademi Vol. 2. Åbo: Åbo Akademi University, 131-162.

Wildemuth, B.M. & Freund, L. (2012). Assigning search tasks designed to elicit exploratory search behaviors. Paper presented at the Sixth Symposium on Human-Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval (HCIR), October 4-5, 2012, Cambridge, MA. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2391224.2391228.

Wildemuth, B.M., Oh, J.S., & Marchionini, G. (2010). Tactics used when searching for digital videos. Paper presented at the Information Interactions in Context (IIiX) conference, New Brunswick, NJ, August 18-22, 2010. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1840784.1840821.

Wildemuth, B.M. (2010). Healthcare consumers’ needs for interactions with personal health records. Interactive poster presented at the Workshop on Interactive Systems in Healthcare, held in conjunction with ACM SIGCHI, Atlanta, GA, April 10-11, 2010.

Wildemuth, B.M. (2009). Applications of Social Research Methods to Questions in Information and Library Science. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited. Publisher description.

Yang, S., Wildemuth, B.M., Pomerantz, J.P., Oh, S., & Fox, E.A. (2009). Core topics in digital library education. Handbook of Research On Digital Libraries: Design, Development, and Impact. IGI Global, Chapter 49. Publisher description.

Wildemuth, B.M., Pomerantz, J., Oh, S., Yang, S., & Fox, E.A. (2009). The variety of ways in which instructors implement a module digital library curriculum. Poster presented at the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, June 15-19, 2009, Austin, TX. Poster.

Gollop, C., Schaeffer, P., Wildemuth, B.M., Schardt, C., & Thibodeau, P.L. (2009). A novel approach to educating medical informationists. Paper presented at the Association for Library and Information Science Education annual meeting, Denver, January 20-23, 2009.

Wildemuth, B.M., Pomerantz, J., Oh, S., Yang, S., & Fox, E.A. (2008). A digital libraries curriculum: Expert review and field testing. D-Lib Magazine, 14(7/8). http://www.dlib.org/dlib/july08/07inbrief.html#WILDEMUTH.

Pomerantz, J., Wildemuth, B.M., Oh, S., Yang, S., & Fox, E.A. (2008). Evaluation of a curriculum for digital libraries. Poster presented at the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, Pittsburgh, June 16-20, 2008. Recipient of 3rd place prize in poster competition. Abstract. Poster.

Yang, S., Wildemuth, B.M., Kim, S., Murthy, U., Pomerantz, J.P., Oh, S., & Fox, E.A. (2007). Further developments of a digital library curriculum: Evaluation approaches and new tools. Asian Digital Libraries: Looking Back 10 Years and Forging New Frontiers, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 4822, 434-443. Abstract. Full text.

Pomerantz, J., Oh, S., Wildemuth, B.M., Yang, S., & Fox, E.A. (2007). Digital library education in computer science programs.  Short paper presented at the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, Vancouver, June 20-23, 2007.  http://eprints.cs.vt.edu/archive/00000945/01/Pomerantz_CSsyllabi.pdf.

Schaeffer, P., Thibodeau, P.L., James, R., Wildemuth, B.M., & Gollop, C. (2007). The informationist and the information specialist revolution: Career pathways for physicians? Poster presented at the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, May 18-23, 2007. Abstract. Full text.

Yang, S., Fox, E. A., Wildemuth, B. M., Pomerantz, J., & Oh, S. (2006). Interdisciplinary curriculum development for digital library education. Proceedings of the International Conference of Asian Digital Libraries, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 4312, 61-70. Abstract. Full text.

Pomerantz, J., Oh, S., Yang, S., Fox, E.A., & Wildemuth, B.M. (2006). The core: Digital library education in library and information science programs. D-Lib Magazine, 12(11). Abstract. http://www.dlib.org/dlib/november06/pomerantz/11pomerantz.html.

Marchionini, G., Wildemuth, B. M., & Geisler, G. (2006). The Open Video Digital Library: A Möbius strip of research and practice. Journal of the American Society for Information Science & Technology, 57(12),1629-1643. Abstract.

Wildemuth, B. M., Blake, C. L., Spurgin, K., Oh, S., & Zhang, Y. (2006). Patients’ perspectives on personal health records: An assessment of needs and concerns. Poster presented at “Critical Issues in eHealth Research 2006,” Bethesda, MD, September 11-12, 2006. Abstract. Full text.

Wildemuth, B. M., & Hughes, A. (2005). Perspectives on the tasks in which information behaviors are embedded. In Fisher, K E., Erdelez, S., & McKechnie, L. (Eds.), Theories of Information Behavior. Medford, NJ: Information Today, for the American Society for Information Science & Technology, 275-279. Abstract.

Wildemuth, B. M. (2004). The effects of domain knowledge on search tactic formulation. Journal of the American Society for Information Science & Technology, 55(3), 246-258. Abstract.

Complete list of publications, with abstracts, available at http://ils.unc.edu/~wildem/bmw-abstracts.html.

Current and Recent Teaching Responsibilities

INLS 500, Human Information Interactions (Spring 2014)

INLS 584, Information Ethics (Fall 2013)

INLS 691H, Research Methods in Information Science, Honors (Fall 2014)

INLS 781, Proposal Development (Fall 2014)

INLS 887, Seminar in Theory Deveopment (Spring 2013)

Additional Activities in Professional Associations and at UNC-CH

American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIST)
Director-at-Large, 2007-2010
Awards & Honors Committee, Co-Chair, 2013-2014
ASIST Doctoral Seminar for Research and Career Development, 2013 (Co-Organizer, with Howard Rosenbaum)
UNC-CH General College Administrative Board, 2008-2014
UNC Faculty IT Advisory Committee, 2011-2014

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