New Position at Simmons!

I am very pleased to join the faculty at Simmons College in Boston, MA as an assistant professor this summer. Simmons has an excellent reputation in Library Science and Archives education and is a great fit for my teaching and research experience in information organization and art documentation. I look forward to the move east, working with an exceptional faculty and student body, and getting to know the Boston area.

ISKO Best Paper Award 2016

I had the privilege of traveling to Rio de Janeiro this past September to present my research at the 14th International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO) Conference. The theme of the conference was “Knowledge Organization for a Sustainable World: Challenges and Perspectives for Cultural, Scientific, and Technological Sharing in a Connected Society.” My presentation, “Describing an Outsider Art Movement from Within: The AAT and Graffiti Art,” was chosen as the best paper of the conference. All conference proceedings were published in volume 15 of the series Advances in Knowledge Organization by Ergon Press.


Onde há respeito, há paz (Where There is Respect, There is Peace) by Panmela Castro. Photo by Ann M. Graf. Click here for more information on this mural.

ALISE 2016 Works in Progress Poster References

Albrechtsen, Hanne, and Pejtersen, Annelise M. 2003. Cognitive work analysis and work centered design of classification schemes. Knowledge Organization 30(3/4): 213-227.

Becker, Howard S. 2008. Art worlds. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Bruce, Caitlin. 2014. “Transitional art, transnational murmurs: Post-revolutionary urban street art.” PhD diss., Northwestern University.

Jacob, Elin K. 2003. Ontologies and the Semantic Web. Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology April/May: 19-22.

Mai, Jens Erik. 2008. Actors, domains, and constraints in the design and construction of controlled vocabularies. Knowledge Organization 35(1): 16-29.

Marchese, Christine. 2012. “Impact of organizational environment on knowledge representation and use: Cognitive work analysis of a management consulting firm.” PhD diss., Long Island University.

Olberg, Steven T. 2011. “Political graffiti on the West Bank wall in Israel/Palestine.” PhD diss., University of St. Thomas (Minnesota).

Phillips, Julie Dawn. 2002. “Gran Fury and the politics of AIDS: The rhetoric of visual argument in the gay and lesbian rights movement.” PhD diss., Purdue University.

Smiraglia, Richard P. 2015. Domain analysis for knowledge organization: Tools for ontology extraction. Amsterdam: Chandos.

Valesi, Marco. 2014. “Clean wall, voiceless people: Exploring socio-identitarian processes through street-urban art as literature.” PhD diss., University of California, Merced.

me 11-17-15 I am a PhD dissertator at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in the School of Information Studies (SOIS). My research is in the area of knowledge organization (KO). I am studying how people gather, organize, share, and describe collections using various systems for organization, such as classifications, taxonomies, folksonomies, and metadata schemas. Their collections may consist of research articles, books, artworks, or even abstract things such as concepts or ideas.

Currently I am finishing up my dissertation proposal and getting ready for the work that will become the basis of the dissertation itself. I will be studying a particular non-academic domain of artists and art lovers and how they have organically developed a knowledge organization system, or KOS, to suit their needs.

When not working or studying, I enjoy running, biking, hiking, knitting, and photography. I began volunteering this past summer at the Urban Ecology Center, working as a Citizen Scientist helping to survey local odonate populations (dragonflies and damselflies). A long-time resident of Milwaukee, I have four children and two miniature schnauzers.