Research Focus

The research development of the Institute reflects the core value of library and information studies: promoting knowledge management at the personal, institutional and societal levels.

We have been teaching and conducting cutting-edge research in the following three major areas: knowledge organization, information behavior, and information distribution.

Research on Knowledge Organization focuses on the characteristics, collection, and organization of information. Research on Information Behaviors concerns users’ behaviors of acquiring, seeking and using information. Research on Information Communication emphasizes the interaction among technology, society and communication.

Based on the three major research areas mentioned above, we incorporate relevant subject fields and develop corresponding applications, including Digital Collections (digital library) and Electronic Publishing for promoting knowledge retrieval and utilization, Information Services and Scholarly Communication for enhancing knowledge sharing, as well as E-Learning and Information Literacy for building a knowledge society.

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.Chart of Areas of Research and Development

In addition to the above-mentioned cross-disciplinary research areas, the Institute also excels and promises to cultivate in the following domains:

  1. Digital Collections and Electronic Publishing
  2. Digital collection becomes an important subject matter as we are entering an information era. The goal of digital collections is not only archiving analog and non-digital data with digital approaches, but also sharing information through modes that better meet user needs.  Moreover, reading is undergoing a dramatic change, moving from critical reading to leisure reading; from paper-based reading form to screen-based reading; and from static to dynamic.  Electronic technologies have led to media convergence and changed the industrial chain of traditional information services. This phenomenon has blurred the boundaries among the downstream, midstream and upstream of information services, as well as the boundaries among electronic publishing and relevant industries. Knowledge and techniques concerning digital content management, such as Metadata, XML, RDF, and Ontology, contribute a lot to the application of digital libraries and represent as common standards among the fields of electronic publishing, digital collections, and e-learning. Library and Information Studies should treat electronic publishing, digital collections, e-learning and digital libraries as the same series of knowledge and an important research direction.

  3. Information Literacy and E-Learning
  4. The research scope of library and information studies lies not only in preservation, but also in the equality of distribution, acquisition, usage and creation of human knowledge.  New information literacy skills are urgently needed in the age of digitalization, as information transforms from traditional print media to digital forms.  Our institute aims to assist users in the new age to acquire new skills and attitudes, in response to today’s digitalized, Internet and personalized information environment.  The future trend will be to develop service modes that meet users’ learning needs.  We have to keep this in mind as we include information literacy and e-learning together as an important development direction within the field of library and information studies.

  5. Internet Technologies and Web-based Information Services
  6. The vigorous development of Internet technologies and information services has created enormous impact on knowledge organization, information behaviors, and information dissemination, with no exception on knowledge management at the individual, organizational and societal levels.  Relevant Internet technologies have been extensively applied to knowledge management, from database management, information retrieval, data mining, to semantic web and information architecture.  Moreover, Internet technologies and information services are heavily used for electronic publishing, digital preservation, e-learning, and digital libraries.  Our institute mainly focuses on the following two areas of Internet technologies and information services: (1) the discussion on LIS-related standards of Internet technologies, including SOAP, SRU/W, Open Search, DOI, OAI-PMH, OpenURL, and so on; and (2) the appropriate use of Internet technologies and information services in the context of knowledge management and library and information studies.

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