Jens-Erik Mai is professor at the University of Copenhagen, Royal School of Library and Information Science in Denmark.
Jens-Erik is interested in basic questions about the nature of information phenomena; he has explored these from a variety of conceptual points (e.g. semiotics, cognitive work analysis, late-modernity, philosophy of language, trust) often with a focus on issues and questions in the organization of information. He has contributed conceptual constructions as well as methodological and programmatic papers that have helped forward thinking about the organization of information.
His most recent publications explore contemporary classification theory's conceptual foundation in modernity, the nature of information quality from a pragmatic philosophy of language perspective, and the ethical foundation for contemporary library classifications.
He teaches courses on classification, design of controlled vocabularies, information ethics, knowledge media, and the theoretical foundation of information studies.
Jens-Erik currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), as the Series Editor for Emerald's Library and Information Science book series, and as a member of the editorial boards for Knowledge Organization and Aslib Proceedings. He was the general Conference Chair for iConference 2012 held in Toronto and is the general Conference Chair for 77th ASIS&T Annual Meeting to be held Oct. 31 - Nov. 4, 2014 in Seattle.
Jens-Erik was previously associate professor at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, where he also served as Vice Dean and Acting Dean. Prior to that he was a faculty member at the Information School of the University of Washington where he also co-directed the Center for Human-Information Interaction.
He earned his Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin as a Fulbright Scholar and his Master and Bachelor degrees from the Royal School of Library and Information Science, Denmark.
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Gymnasieskolen | Jan. 28 2014
Perspektiv | Nov. 28 2013
Perspektiv | Nov. 28 2013
DR2 Morgen | Sept. 4 2013
DR P1 Morgen | Sept. 4 2013
dr.dk | Sept. 4 2013
Politiken | Aug. 13 2013
Information Organizing Processes | Fall 2014
Vidensmedier (Knowledge Media) | Fall 2014
Information Ethics: Privacy and Surveillance | Spring 2014
Information and Cultural Studies' Theories and Traditons | Fall 2013
Information Ethics | Fall 2012
Professor, 2012 -
Associate Professor, 2006-2012
Vice Dean, 2006-2009
Acting Dean, Fall 2008
Assistant Professor, 2000-2006
Co-Director, Center for Human-Information Interaction, 2003-2006
Ph.D., Library and Information Science, 2000
Master of Library and Information Science, 1994
Librarian (Bachelor degree in LIS), 1992
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