Dr. Lisa Nathan (Faculty Advisor)

Lisa Nathan is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the First Nations Curriculum Concentration at the University of British Columbia’s iSchool. She collaborates with others to imagine, design and enact information practices that support a more humane world.

Dr. Jenna Hartel

Jenna Hartel is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Information,  University of Toronto and the creator of the iSquare Research Program, an arts-informed, visual study of information.

Dr. Rachel Ivy Clarke

Formerly the cataloging librarian at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Rachel Ivy Clarke is currently an assistant professor at Syracuse University's School of Information Studies. Her research focuses on the application of design methodologies and epistemologies to librarianship to facilitate the systematic, purposeful design of library services.

She holds a BA in creative writing from California State University Long Beach, an MLIS from San Jose State University, and a PhD from the University of Washington Information School.

Dr. Vivien Petras

Vivien Petras is a professor for Information Retrieval at the Berlin School of Library and Information Science, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany. In her dissertation, she researched how user and document languages can be mapped for better search performance. An interest in language and vocabulary has shaped her research ever since. Her current projects focus on the challenges of multilinguality and heterogeneity in information systems, particularly in cultural heritage information systems (e.g. the Europeana portal, www.europeana.eu) and academic search engines, where full-text search is rare and sparse metadata records require careful vocabulary use for search. Another current research project analyses complex information needs and the corresponding information systems for book search, grappling again with the problem of non-corresponding access vocabularies. Vivien Petras is also a collaborator on the book project “The Discipline of Organizing” (www.disciplineoforganizing.org), which attempts to create an interdisciplinary vocabulary for studying information systems in the iSchools.