Luanne Freund
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About me

I am an Associate Professor and Director of the UBC iSchool. 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 teach courses on information retrieval, information services and open data.

 

My research is primarily focused on the human-centred aspect of information retrieval and the ways in which people interact with and make sense of digital information. I am a partner in the Designing for People research cluster at UBC and lead the Digital Information Interaction Group (DiiG) at the iSchool. I have served as the principal investigator on several SSHRC, NSERC and locally funded research projects, and have published extensively in the areas of interactive information retrieval, open data and information access. I serve as Associate Editor of Information Processing & Management and General Chair of the ASIS&T 2018 Annual Meeting in Vancouver. My publication record is available from my Google Scholar page.

 

Contact Information:
UBC iSchool
Suite 470 - 1961 East Mall
Vancouver BC V6T 1Z1
Tel.604-822-0825
E-mail: Luanne.Freund@ubc.ca
UBC is situated on the traditional territory of the Musqueam people.

Research

Current and Ongoing Research Projects

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

 

Making Research Accessible: SSHRC Partnership Development Grant (Co-Investigator) (2018-2021)  

 

Contextual Misinformation Detection using Arabic Social Media – SSHRC (Co-Investigator) (2018-2021) 

 

Systematic Review of Imposed Search Tasks (Co-Investigator)

http://ils.unc.edu/searchtasks/ (2008-ongoing)

 

Former Research Projects and Grants

Graphics, Animation and New Media - A Network Centre of Excellence (Network Investigator)(2010-2015)

>http://www.grand-nce.ca

 

E-informing the Public: a Genre-based approach to Information Interaction in Digital Government - SSHRC (Principle Investigator) (2009-2013) 

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

 

Designing Digital Information Use Environments to support Academic Work - UBC Hampton Fund (Co-Investigator)(2008-2010)

 

Learning from our Students: Assessing student perceptions of information studies programs and the information professions - ALISE funded (Co-Investigator) (2008-2010)

http://www.diigubc.ca/projects/lfos/

Teaching

Courses

LIBR 530 - Subject-Based Infomation Services - description

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

LIBR 557 - Information Retrieval Concepts and Practice - description

LIBR 610 - Theoretical and Research Foundations

Doctoral Student Supervision

Justyna Berzowska, 2009 - 2012 (Supervisor)

Jean McKendry, completed 2013 (Co-Supervisor)

Colleen Addison, completed 2017 - (Supervisor)

Samuel Dodson, 2016 (continuing) - (Co-Supervisor)

Sarah Gilbert, 2012 (continuing) - (Co-Supervisor)

Drew Paulin, 2012 (continuing) - (Co-Supervisor)

 

Saad Alzahrani, completed 2010 (Committee member)

Lei Zhang, completed 2011 (Committee member)

Talal Alhaji, completed 2012 (Committee member)

Weimei Pan, 2012 (continuing) - (Committee Member)

Millicent Mabi, 2013 (continuing) - (Committee Member)

Masters Student Supervision

Kristoff Kessler, completed 2013 (Supervisor)

Kate Chandler, completed 2016 (Committee member)

Samuel Dodson, completed 2016 (Co-Supervisor)

Blake Hawkins, completed 2017 - (Co-Supervisor)

Bonnie Paige, completed 2017 (Supervisor)

Selected Publications

Dodson, S., Freund, L. & Kopak, R. (2018) The role of pre-existing highlights in reader-text interactions and outcomes. Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL, 2018), Fort Worth, TX, June 3-7, 2018.

 

Dodson, S., Freund, L. & Kopak, R. (2017) Do highlights affect comprehension? Lessons from a user study. Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval (CHIIR, 2017), Oslo, Norway.

 

Stoeckle, M. & Freund, L. (2016) A proof of concept personalized music player for persons with Alzheimer’s disease. 79th Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T 2016), Copenhagen, Denmark.

 

Freund, L., Kopak, R. & O’Brien, H.L. (2016) The effects of textual environment on reading comprehension: implications for searching as learning. The Journal of Information Science, 42(1), 79-93.

 

Freund, L., Dodson, S. & Kopak, R. (2016). On measuring learning in search: a position paper. Search as Learning Workshop, 39th Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference (SIGIR 2016), Pisa, Italy.

 

O’Brien, H.L., Freund, L. & Kopak, R. (2016). Investigating the role of user engagement in digital reading environments. Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval (CHIIR 2016), New York, N.Y. ACM.

 

Freund, L., Hawkins, B., & Saewyc, E. (2016) Reflections on the use of participatory mapping to study everyday health information seeking by LGBTQ youth. 79th Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T 2016), Copenhagen, Denmark.

 

Swamiraj, M. & Freund, L. (2015) Facilitating the discovery of open government datasets through an exploratory data search interface. Open Data Research Symposium, Ottawa, May 27, 2015. link

 

Steichen, B. & Freund, L. (2015) Supporting the modern polyglot: a comparison of multilingual search interfaces CHI '15 - Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 3483-3492.

 

Freund, L. & Toms, E.G. (2015) Interacting with archival finding aids. Journal of the American Society of Information Science and Technology. In press. link

 

Freund, L. (2014) Contextualizing the Information Seeking Behaviour of Software Engineers. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. In press.   link

 

Wildemuth, B.W., Freund, L. & Toms, E.G. (2014) Untangling search task complexity and difficulty in the context of interactive information retrieval studies. Journal of Documentation . 70(6), 1118 – 1140.   link

 

O'Brien, H.L., Freund, L., Jantzi, L. & Sinanan, S .(2014) Investigating a peer-to-peer community service learning model for LIS Education. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science. 55(4), 322-335.  

 

O'Brien, H.L., Freund, L. & Westman, S. (2014) What motivates the online news browser? News item selection in a social information seeking scenario. Information Research . 19(3). link

 

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 (men now!)