Director-at-Large, Jens-Erik Mai



Jens-Erik Mai

Jens-Erik Mai is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, where he previously served as Vice Dean and Acting Dean. Jens-Erik was formerly on the faculty at the Information School of the University of Washington where he also co-directed the Center for Human-Information Interaction; prior to that he was a faculty member at the Royal School of Library and Information Science, Denmark. He earned his Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin as a Fulbright Scholar and his Master and Bachelor degrees from the Royal School of Library and Information Science, Denmark.

Jens-Erik's research interests lie in the broad area of representation and organization of information; his current scholarship questions the conceptual foundation of classification and it seeks to establish an epistemological foundation that accepts the plurality of interpretations across communities. He has published on conceptual and methodological issues in the organization and representation of information; esp. about semiotics, theoretical frameworks, indexing theory, domain analysis, and cognitive work analysis. His most recent publications explore authority and trust in information organization systems and services, and contemporary classification theory's conceptual foundation in modernity. He teaches courses on representation of information, classification, design of controlled vocabularies, and the theoretical foundation of information studies.

Jens-Erik is past chair of the Classification Research SIG of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T). He has chaired the Best Information Science Book Award jury twice, and been a member of the SIG Cabinet Steering Committee. He has served the International Society for Knowledge Organization as executive board member and is currently consulting editor of the Knowledge Organization journal. He was the co-chair for the program committee for the 2011 iConference is the general chair for the 2012 iConference.