I am an academic researcher having interest in all matter of the mind - from creativity to cognitive to cultural.  But if I have to label myself with a discipline then, I am  an Information Scientist interested in the life and after life of information – from conception to consumption. I take a 360 degree view of information as I have moved from studying the theoretical foundations of information science to researching in the areas of ‘cognitive styles’, ‘relevance’ ‘Information Retrieval’ and User Experiences. I am interested in the phenomenon of information and I believe that information manifests in three levels – cognitive (as ideas and concepts in mind); linguistic/symbolic (words and texts), and corporal (as bits and bytes or little black figures on white).  I believe that both relevance and information are cognitive and constructivist.

My teaching career has panned the entire spectrum of the field – Classification and Indexing to Information Retrieval to Medical Information Systems to digital libraries and content management systems.

My fascination with the power of computing has lead me to the field of digital libraries – an area I am currently working in and associated with in different capacities – as a researcher, teacher, and advocate. Since the year 2000, I have been closely involved with the digital library conference series – International Conference of Asian Digital Libraries (ICADL) and currently I am the Chair of the Steering Committee of the ICADL.

Executive Director
International School of Information Management
University of Mysore
Mysore. 570006
Email: shalini@isim.ac.in
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