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Xia Lin

Professor and Director of International Programs

Information Science

Dr. Lin's major teaching interests include information retrieval, digital libraries, and programming Internet information systems (Java Programming). His research focuses on visual-based information access in the digital environment. He is particularly interested in applying information visualization techniques for information access, content management, and knowledge discovery.


  • PhD in Information Science, 1993, University of Maryland at College Park.
  • Master of Librarianship, 1986, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, 1982, Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou, China.

Research/Teaching Interests

Digital libraries, information visualization, knowledge mapping, object-oriented programming, information retrieval, information architecture, information-seeking behaviors in digital environments

Select Publications

  • Lin, X.; Zhang, M.; Shang, Y.; & An, Y. (2014). An ontology and brain-model-based semantic discovery and visualization system. The sixth International Conference on Advanced Cognitive Technologies and Applications (Cognitive’2014, Venice, Italy, May 25-29, 2014), pp. 72-76.
  • Lin, X., & Ahn, J. (2013). Challenges of knowledge structure visualization. Proceedings of the International UDC Seminar 2013, Classification & Visualization: Interfaces to Knowledge (The Hague, 24-25, October 2013), pp 73-87.
  • Lin, X., Kerren, A.; Zhang, J. (2009). Challenges in human-centered information visualization: Introduction to the special issues. Information Visualization Journal, 8(3), 137-138.

Grant Awards

  • 2011-2014. $414,000. PI. IMLS National Leadership Grant
    “Improving Search, Sensemaking, Learning, and Social Tagging Through a Universal Appliance for Query Expansion and Meaningful Concept Displays”
  • 2012-2013. $150,000. Co-PI. IMLS/NEH
    “Digging into Data Challenge: Digging into Metadata.”
  • 2007 -2011. $992,110. PI. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
    “Developing Faculty in Digital Librarianship for the 21st Century”.  

Professional Activities & Associations

  • American Society for Information Science and Technology
  • Association of Library and Information Science Educators