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Xia Lin

Professor & Head, Department of Information Science

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