Aaron J. Loehrlein


I am an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies, the iSchool@UBC. I hold a joint PhD in Information Science and Cognitive Science from Indiana University. My research lies at the intersection of these two disciplines, and I teach and conduct research in the following areas:


Knowledge Organization, particularly user's interactions with classification schemes and other knowledge organizing systems


Taxonomies, which are so easy to create that they are virtualy eponymous. However, the different techniques for their creation, and the implications for their use, can be challenging to study in a systematic manner.


Cognitive Categorization, or the study of how categories form in a person's memory. These categories are distinct from structures that are maintained externally to memory, such as those that are found in knowledge organizing systems. I am fascinated by the interaction between our own internal conceptual structures and external conceptual structures that we create and share with others.


School of Library, Archival and Information Studies

The iSchool@UBC

The University of British Columbia

Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Suite 470 - 1961 East Mall, Room 480

Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1