Luanne Freund
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about me

My areas of research interest are human information interaction in digital environments; pragmatic and task-based approaches to information searching; workplace search; document genres; the relationship between tasks and genres in information practices; and LIS education and scholarship.


I joined the iSchool at UBC in 2007. I hold a PhD from the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, an MLS degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, an MA (Russian history) from Carleton University, and a BA from the University of Toronto. I am currently Chair of Doctoral Studies at the iSchool.

 

Luanne Freund, Associate Professor
School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, University of British Columbia
Suite 470 - 1961 East Mall
Vancouver BC V6T 1Z1
Tel.: 604-822-0825, Fax: 604-822-6006
E-mail: firstname.lastname@ubc.ca

Research

I am a member of the Digital Information Interaction Group (DiiG) at the iSchool.

 

Graphics, Animation and New Media - A Network Centre of Excellence

http://www.grand-nce.ca

I am a Network investigator for the NCE Grand, and working on the the NGAIA - Next Generation Information Access Project, the NEWS Project, and the MEOW Project. I am project co-leader for the NGAIA project.

Funding Agencies: SSHRC/NSERC - $147,000 (2010-2013)

 

 

E-informing the public: a genre-based approach to information interaction in digital government

http://diigubc.ca/research/egovernment/

I am PI on a multi-year study investigating the information interactions between government information producers and public information consumers from the perspective of genre theory. The aim is twofold: to inform the design of strategies and tools to facilitate access to and use of digital government information, and to validate and extend to the public domain a novel approach to information retrieval based on the relationships between tasks and genres. This work will focus on the case of digital government at the Canadian federal level.

Funding Agency: SSHRC - $122,000 (2009-2013)

 

 

Systematic Review of Imposed Search Tasks

http://ils.unc.edu/searchtasks/

People’s search behaviors vary widely. It’s likely that some of this variation is not related to differences in the characteristics of individual searchers (e.g., domain knowledge or search expertise), but is instead due to differences in the tasks that they are trying to accomplish. Through a systematic review of prior research, we hope to gain a better understanding of the types of search tasks that have been imposed in studies of searching behaviors and evaluations of information retrieval (IR) systems, and the potential influence of those search tasks on study/evaluation outcomes.

Co-Investigators: Barbara Wildemuth, Elaine Toms.

 

Designing Digital Information Use Environments to support Academic Work

Our goal in this study was to discover ways of enhancing the interactive experience and scholarly utility of digital information environments for academic use. We explored how users read and engage with digital materials in order to identify new ways to present and support interaction with these materials.
Funding Agency: UBC Hampton Fund, Amount $20,000 (2009-2012)

Co-Investigators: Heather O'Brien & Rick Kopak

 

Learning from our Students: Assessing student perceptions of information studies programs and the information professions

This project studied student perceptions of their education and their professions. We were interested in how perceptions change over time, across different areas of specialization, and across institutions.
Funding Agency: Association for Library and Information Science Education, $5,000. (2008)
Co-investigators: Joan Cherry & Wendy Duff, University of Toronto .

Teaching

courses

LIBR 503 - Foundations of Information Sources and Services - description

LIBR 530 - Subject-Based Infomation Services - description

LIBR 557 - Information Retrieval Concepts and Practice - description

LIBR 539J - Data Sources in the Public Domain - description

LIBR 610 - Theoretical and Research Foundations - description

doctoral students

Colleen Addison, 2011 - (Supervisor)

Weimei Pan, 2012- (Committee Member)

Sarah Gilbert, 2012 - (Committee Member)

Justyna Berzowska, 2009 - 2012 (Supervisor)

Jean McKendry, completed 2013 (Co-Supervisor)

Talal Alhaji, completed 2012 (committee member)

Lei Zhang, completed 2011 (committee member)

Saad Alzahrani, completed 2010 (committee member)

Selected Publications

Freund, L. (2013). A cross-domain analysis of task and genre effects on perceptions of usefulness. Information Processing and Management.49(5), 1108-1121.

 

Cherry, J., Freund, L. & Duff, W. (2013). Student Perceptions of Information Programs in Canada. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science . 54(3),174-190.

 

Wildemuth, B.M., Freund, L. & Toms, E.G. (2013). Designing known-item and fact-finding search tasks for studies of interactive information retrieval. ASIST European Workshop, 131-162. link

 

Wildemuth, B.M. & Freund, L. (2012). Assigning search tasks designed to elicit exploratory search behaviors. Human Computer Information Retrieval (HCIR) Symposium, Cambridge, MA, 2012. link

 

Toms, E.G., Kopak, R.W., Bartlett, J., & Freund, L. (2011). Selecting versus describing: A preliminary analysis of the efficacy of categories in exploring the web. Presented at the Proceedings of the 10th Text REtrieval Conference (TREC 2001), Maryland. link

 

Cherry, J.M., Duff, W.M., Singh, N., & Freund, L. (2011). Student perceptions of their master's program in information studies and the information professions: A longitudinal study. Library & Information Science Research , 33(2), 120-131.

 

Kopak, R., Freund, L. & O'Brien, H.L. (2011). Digital Information Interaction as Semantic Navigation in Innovations in IR: Perspectives for Theory and Practice , eds. Allen Foster and Pauline Rafferty. Facet Publishing.

 

Freund, L. (2010). Genre searching: a pragmatic approach to information retrieval in The Janus Faced Scholar, a Festschrift in Honour of Peter Ingwersen. Special volume of the e-zine of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics, 6, 35-42.

 

Freund, L. & Berzowska, J. (2010). The Goldilocks effect: task-centred assessments of e-government information. 72 nd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science & Technology, Pittsburgh, PA . link

 

Westman, S. & Freund, L. (2010). Information interaction in 140 characters or less: genres on Twitter. Information Interaction in Context (IIiX), New Brunswick, NJ, August 18-22.

 

Freund, L. (2008). Exploiting task-document relations in support of information retrieval in the workplace (Doctoral dissertation). University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario. link

 

Freund, L. & Butterworth, R. (2008). Tagging for Use: an analysis of use-centred resource description. Information Interaction in Context (IIiX), London, UK, October 2008.

 

Freund, L. & Nilsen, C. (2008). Assessing a genre-based approach to online government information. Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Information Science, Vancouver, B.C., June 2008. link

 

Freund, L. (2008). Situating relevance through task-genre relationships. Bulletin for the American Society for Information Science and Technology , 34 (5), 23-26.

 

Freund, L. & Toms, E.G. (2007). Revisiting informativeness as a process measure for information interaction. Web Information Seeking and Interaction Workshop at the 30th Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands. link

 

Cherry, J., Duff, W. & Freund, L. (2007). Usability beyond the interface: designing a portal for text analysis. Presented at 70th annual meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T 2007), Milwaukee, Wisconsin. link

 

Yeung, P.C. & Freund, L., & Clarke, C.L. (2007). X-Site: A workplace search tool for software engineers. Presented at the 30th annual international ACM SIGIR conference on Research and development in information retrieval, Amsterdam, Netherlands. link

 

Freund, L., Clarke, C.L.A. & Toms, E.G. (2006). Towards genre classification for IR in the workplace. Information Interaction in Context (IIiX), Copenhagen, Denmark, October 2006. link

 

Freund, L & Toms, E.G. (2006). Enterprise search behaviour of software engineers. Presented at 29th annual international ACM SIGIR conference on Research and development in information retrieval, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington (pp. 645-646). link

 

Freund, L., Toms, E.G. & Waterhouse, J. (2005). Modeling the information behaviour of software engineers using a work - task framework. Presented at 68th annual meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T 2005), Charlotte, NC. link

 

Freund, L. & Toms, E.G. (2005). Contextual search: from information behaviour to information retrieval. Presented at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Information Science, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, June 2-4, 2005. link

 

Freund, L., Toms, E.G. & Clarke, C.L.A. (2005). Modeling task-genre relationships for IR in the workplace. Presented at the 28th annual international ACM SIGIR conference on Research and development in information retrieval, Salvador, Brazil. link

 

Freund & L., Toms, E.G. (2005). Using contextual factors to match intent. Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference, Salvador, Brazil. link

 

Freund, L. & Toms E.G. (2004). Job profiles: incorporating contextual factors into workplace search queries. Poster presented at 67th annual meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T 2004), Providence, Rhode Island. link

 

Toms, E.G., O'Brien, H.L.O., Kopak, R. & Freund, L. (2005). Searching for relevance in the relevance of search. In F. Crestani and I. Ruthven (eds.), Context: nature, impact, and role: COLIS 5: Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Conceptions of Library and Information Sciences (Glasgow, UK, June 5-8), pp. 59-78. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 3507. link

 

Toms, E.G., Bartlett, J., Freund, L. & Szigeti, S. (2004). Identifying the significant contextual factors of search. In Workshop on Information Retrieval in Context at the 27th Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK (pp. 26-29).

 

Freund, L. & Toms, E.G. (2003). Understanding the brevity of web queries. Paper presented at 66th annual meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T 2003), October 19-22, Long Beach, CA. link

 

Freund, L. & Toms, E.G. (2003). Understanding the brevity of web queries. Poster presented at 66th annual meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T 2003), October 19-22, Long Beach, CA. link

 

Toms, E. G., Freund, L., Kopak, R., & Bartlett, J.C. (2003). The effect of task domain on search. Presented at 2003 conference of the Centre for Advanced Studies on Collaborative research, October 6-9, 2003, Toronto, Ontario (pp. 303-312). IBM Press. link

 

Freund, L. & Toms, E.G. (2002). A preliminary contextual analysis of the web query process. Presented at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Information Science, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, May 30-June 1, 2002. link

Life

My wonderful boys.

 

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