PhD in Information Studies, UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies, May 2018

MLIS, UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies, May 2011

Certificate of Concentrated Study in Information Organization

BA, Mass-Communication – Radio/Television, University of WI-Milwaukee, May 1987


Assistant Professor, Simmons College, 2018-present

Courses include:

  • Organization of Information, LIS-415 (core)
  • Art Documentation, LIS-446 (elective)

Teaching Academic Staff, UWM SOIS, 2016-2018

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Information Science and Technology, INFOST 110 (onsite)
  • Information Resources for Research, INFOST 210 (online)
  • Organization of Knowledge, INFOST 230 (onsite and online)
  • Organization of Information, INFOST 511 (online and onsite)
  • Basic Cataloging for School Libraries, INFOST 691/711 (online)

Research Assistant, UWM SOIS, 2012-2016

  • Domain analysis, data collection and visualization, bibliography, literature review, oral history interviewing, transcription of interviews, editing

Research Assistant, UWM History Department, Hmong Diaspora Studies Program, 2015-present

  • Literature review, oral history interviewing, oral history transcription and summary, writing and editing

Indexer, independent contracting, 2015-present

Teaching Assistant, UWM SOIS, INFOST 230: Introduction to Knowledge Organization, spring 2015, and INFOST 511: Information Organization, fall 2014

Bibliographer, UWM History Department, 2012-2014

  • Prepared 2400+ item bibliography on the history of the metropolitan Milwaukee area to support research for the Encyclopedia of Milwaukee (EMKE), an ongoing project in the History Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Resulted in published volume.

Employment in the field – research and classroom support for SOIS, June 2011 to August 2012

Adjunct Instructor, Bryant & Stratton College, 3 semesters, Fall 2011 – Summer 2012

  • History & Practice of Information Systems – 2 sections fall 2011, 2 sections spring 2012
  • Introduction to Information Literacy and Research (COMM 150) – 2 sections, summer 2012

Project Assistant for UWM History Department for EMKE, 9/2010 – 8/2011

  • Served the needs of the editorial board for the Encyclopedia of Milwaukee and began research for the bibliography that supported authorship for the encyclopedia.

Intern – Golda Meir Library Technical Services Department, 8/2009 to 11/2010

  • Cataloging (copy and original) of library materials, acquisitions ordering and processing, acquisition of gifts and their processing, technical services support, semi-annual book sale support

Fieldwork – Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research, Medical College of WI, summer 2010. Focus on information architecture.

Copyeditor for online entertainment magazine, a subsidiary of MTV Networks, 7/2007 to 9/2009.

Legal Secretary/clerical for VonBriesen & Roper, S.C. from 3/2004 to 9/2005

Legal Secretary for patent administration lawyer, James Skarsten, 1998 – 2002

Library Aide – Dunwood School, Fox Point, WI (K-3) from 1/1988 to 6/1991

Worked and later managed the UWM Union Call Directory information center from 1985 to 1987.


Graf, Ann M. 2021. (accepted) “Time and Space as Used in the Documentation of Graffiti Art.” Library Trends 69 (3).

Graf, Ann M. 2020. “Domain Analysis of Graffiti Art Documentation: A Methodological Approach.” Knowledge Organization at the Interface: Proceedings of the Fifteenth International IKSO Conference, 6-8 July 2020, Aalborg, Denmark. Würzburg: Ergon. 2020. (Conference cancelled due to Covid-19. Paper will be published in the proceedings.)

Graf, Ann M. 2020. (accepted) “Developing a taxonomy of graffiti art process and product to enhance documentation, description, and discovery.” Knowledge Organization 47 (8).

Graf, Ann M. 2020. “Documenting graffiti art works: IKOS views Portland.” IKOS Bulletin: Newsletter of the Institute for Knowledge Organization and Structure, Inc. 2 (1) Spring 2020: 5-8.

Graf, Ann M. 2019. “Warrant Revealed and an Institutional Response: The AAT and Graffiti Art.” In Proceedings of the 7th North American Symposium on Knowledge Organization. Metadata Research Center, College of Computing & Informatics, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, June 13-14, 2019.

Graf, Ann, Crystal Fulton, Amy Jackson, Kathryn La Barre, John Walsh, Carol Tilley, Shannon Lucky, Tim Gorichanaz. 2019. “Everyday Documentation of Arts and Humanities Collections. Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology, November 10-14, 2018, Vancouver, B.C., 55(1): 680-83.

Graf, Ann M. 2018. “Facets of graffiti art and street art documentation online: A domain and content analysis.” PhD diss. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Smiraglia, Richard P., and Ann M. Graf. 2017. “From Music Cataloging to the Organization of Knowledge: An Interview with Richard P. Smiraglia.” Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 55 (5).

Graf, Ann M. 2016. “Describing an Outsider Art Movement from Within: The AAT and Graffiti Art.” In Chaves, Guimarães, José Augusto, Suellen Oliveira Milani, and Vera Dodebei, eds. Knowledge Organization for a Sustainable World: Challenges and Perspectives for Cultural, Scientific, and Technological Sharing in a Connected Society. Proceedings of the Fourteenth International ISKO Conference 27-29 September 2016 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Würzburg: Ergon, 125-132.

Kipp, Margaret E. I., Jihee Beak, and Ann M. Graf. 2015. Tagging of Banned and Challenged Books. Knowledge Organization 42 (5): 276-283.

Graf, Ann M., Seligman, Amanda I., and Anderson, Margo. 2014. Bibliography of Metropolitan Milwaukee. Milwaukee: Marquette University Press.

Graf, Ann, and Smiraglia, Richard P. 2014. “Race & ethnicity in The Encyclopedia of Milwaukee: A case study in the use of domain analysis.” Babik, Wiesław Ed., Knowledge Organization in the 21st Century: Between Historical Patterns and Future Prospects. Proceedings of the Thirteenth International ISKO Conference 19-22 May 2014 Kraków, Poland, 114-120.

Graf, Ann, and Smiraglia, Richard P. 2013. Transition in education: Domain analysis from the Encyclopedia of Milwaukee. In Proceedings of the 4th North American Symposium on Knowledge Organization (NASKO 2013), June 13-14, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Available

Graf, Ann, and Smiraglia, Richard P. 2012. Cultural curation as classification: the evolution of the bibliography and taxonomy for The Encyclopedia of Milwaukee. In Quan-Haase, Anabel, Rubin, Victoria L., and Chaves, Debbie eds., Information in a local and global context: proceedings of the 40th annual conference of the Canadian Association for Information Science, Waterloo, Ontario, May 31-June 2, 2012. Available

Fox, Melodie J., and Graf, Ann M. 2011. Research and opinion: Mining the collective, reconsidering warrant [review of Lynne Howarth presentation]. Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 49(6): 543-44.


Everyday Documentation of Arts and Humanities Collections. Panel presentation at the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) annual meeting, 10-14 November, 2018 in Vancouver, B.C.

Describing an Outsider Art Movement from Within: An update on the AAT and Graffiti Art. Guest lecture to LIS 446: Art Documentation, Simmons, October 24, 2018, and Brown Bag presentation to COCIS faculty, Simmons, November 7, 2018.

Use of Explicit Categories for the Organization of Online Graffiti Art Image Collections: Examining Current Community Practices. Accepted proposal for presentation at the 15th International ISKO Conference, 9-11 July 2018 at Porto, Portugal.

The AAT and Graffiti Art. Public Presentation as part of the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee School of Information Studies Brown Bag Series 2016-17 on November 16, 2016.

Describing an Outsider Art Movement from Within: The AAT and Graffiti Art. Presented at the Fourteenth International ISKO Conference 27-29 September, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro.

Ephemeral Art, Ephemeral Community: Domain Analysis of an Unintentional, Collaborative Archive of Street Art, Works in Progress poster presented at ALISE, January 2016, Boston.

Photograph, Organize, Display: How Individuals Are Preserving a Record of Street Art. Poster presented at the Archives Education Research Institute (AERI), June 2014, Pittsburgh.


Editorial Board, Knowledge Organization, 2019 to present

Simmons University SLIS Admissions and Awards Committee, 2018 to present

ASIST SIG-AH Social Media Officer, 2017 to present

ASIST Membership Committee, 2018 to present

UWM SOIS Academic Planning Committee, 2017 to 2018

UWM SOIS Research Committee, 2015 – 2017

Secretary of SOIS ASIS&T Student Chapter, 2013 – 2015

Executive Committee Member, SOIS Doctoral Student Org., 2014 – 2015

Judge, UW System Symposium for Undergraduate Research, 2014, 2015, 2017

UWM SOIS Diversity and Equity Committee, 2013 – 2014

SOIS Ad Hoc committee on MLIS Completion Requirements, Spring 2013

SOIS Journal Task Force, Spring 2013


International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO) – 2012 to present

North American Society for Knowledge Organization (NASKO) – 2012 to present

American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIST) – 2011 to present

SIG-CR (Classification Research), SIG-AH (Arts & Humanities), SIG-SM (Social Media)

Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) – 2015 to present

Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) – 2017 to present

Mid States Chapter

Social Studies of Information Research Group (SSIRG) at SOIS – 2013 to present

Knowledge Organization Research Group (KOrg) at SOIS – 2012 to present

Visual Resources Association (VRA) – 2017 to present


ISKO Best Paper Award 2016 for “Describing an Outsider Art Movement from Within: The AAT and Graffiti Art” at the International ISKO Conference, September 27-29, 2016, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Chancellor’s Graduate Student Award, fall 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016

Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, May 1987