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Lazerow Memorial Lectures

The School of Information Sciences is proud to have hosted the distinguished Samuel Lazerow Memorial Lectures from 2004 – 2009. The 2009 lecture was the last in the series and was co-sponsored by the Eugene Garfield Foundation. Dr. Garfield, the founder of the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), established this distinguished Lecture Series to honor the memory of Samuel Lazerow, who was an outstanding librarian, administrator, and pioneer in library automation. Formerly, the Lazerow Lecture series was sponsored by the Thomson Scientific Institute for Scientific Information Awards Program, now Thomson Reuter. For more information about this lecture series, contact Peiling Wang at

Lazerow Memorial Lecture Presenters:

2009 Lazerow Memorial Lecture with Peter Ingwersen


Peter Ingwersen, an internationally-known scholar in the areas of interactive information retrieval, presented a lecture at the University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences’ Samuel Lazerow Memorial Lecture on October 14.

Professor Ingwersen, a Professor at the Royal School of Library and Information Science in Denmark, discussed information retrieval in the context of information behavior and information seeking in a talk entitled “Research Frameworks for Information Retrieval and User Behaviors.”

Title: Research Frameworks for Information Retrieval and User Behaviors  

Information retrieval (IR) is a research topic of longevity. Researchers have developed important frameworks to observe information-seeking behaviors in various IR contexts. Dr. Ingwersen’s lecture will guide the audience through the four decades of rich IR research from the traditional Laboratory IR paradigm to the Integrated Cognitive IR Research Framework. He presents the selected models and compares them in contexts to build a 9-dimensional framework, from which he further presents a research program for the renewed interests in IR research from new perspectives.

Biography of Peter Ingwersen:
Dr. Ingwersen is an internationally-known scholar and a frequently-invited keynote speaker. His research areas include Interactive Information Retrieval (IR), IR in Context, Evaluation methods for work task-based IR, Informetrics-Scientometrics & Webometrics. He has published several highly cited research monographs, and more than 90 journal articles and conference papers. He has provided free access to his highly cited 1992 book Information Retrieval Interaction. He co-authored The TURN: Integration of Information Seeking and Retrieval in Context, which was nominated for ASIST Best Book in 2006. He is a member of the editorial boards of several international journals: the Journal of American Society for Information Science & Technology, Information Processing and Management, the Scientometrics, and the Journal of Informetrics. He serves on the International Advisory Board of International Collaborative Academy of Library and Information Science at Wuhan University, China.

His honors and awards include Jason Farradane Award (UK) for contributions to Information Science, 1993; internationally most cited Danish Social Scientist 1990-2004; ASIS New Jersey Chapter Distinguish Lectureship Award,1993; the ASIS&T Research Award, 2003; Derek de Solla Price Medal, 2005; and the ASIS&T Best Teacher Award in Information Science, 2007.

2008 Thomson ISI Lazerow Memorial Lecture with Carol Kuhlthau

2007 Thomson ISI Lazerow Memorial Lecture with Tefko Saracevic 

2006 Lazerow Lecture with Dr. Christine Borgman from Lazerow lecture.

Traditionally, anyone setting out to learn about a new topic could visit the reference area of the local library and benefit from a carefully selected collection of specialized resources: encyclopedias, dictionaries, gazetteers, biographies, etc., and quickly build up a set of notes and references, including articles, images, statistical data, and so on. The digital library environment is still weak in providing an effective counterpart to the traditional reference library. How could the design of the digital library infrastructure be improved to provide better and more convenient access to specialized resources to learn about topics, places, times, and people?

Dr. Buckland Biography:

Dr. Michael Buckland is currently Co-Director of the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative and Emeritus Professor of Information Management and Systems at the University of California, Berkeley. He was President of the American Society for Information Science and technology in 1998. Dr. Buckland has made significant contributions to theorization of information sciences and applications of theories to information management and services.

He is a frequently sought-after key-note speaker. Dr. Buckland’s publications include Library Services in Theory and Context (Pergamon, 1983; 2nd ed. 1988), Information and Information Systems (Praeger, 1991), and Redesigning Library Services (American Library Association, 1992), and numerous articles. For more information please visit his Webpage.

Born and grew up in England, he earned his Ph.D. from the Sheffield University, with a doctoral dissertation later published as Book Availability and the Library User (Pergamon, 1975). In 1972, he moved to the United States to Purdue University Libraries where he was Assistant Director of Libraries for Technical Services, before becoming Dean of the School of Library and Information Studies at Berkeley, 1976-84. From 1983 to 1987 he served as Assistant Vice President for Library Plans and Policies for the nine campuses of the University of California. He has been a visiting professor in Austria and in Australia.

About Samuel Lazerow

Samuel LazerowSamuel Lazerow, in whose honor and memory this lecture series was established, had a record of long and distinguished service in the library profession. An honors graduate of Johns Hopkins University, he received his library education at Columbia University. During World War II he served as the Army¹s chief library officer in Europe. Mr. Lazerow spent 25 years of service in the federal library community and held administrative posts at each of the three national libraries. From 1947 to 1952 he served as chief of acquisitions at the National Library of Agriculture and followed that with a similar assignment at the National Library of Medicine for thirteen years. In 1965 he joined the Library of Congress where he headed a task force on the automation and sharing of services between national libraries. He served as Vice President for the Institute for Scientific Information after his retirement in 1972 and held the post until his death. This lecture series was initiated by Dr. Eugene Garfield, founder and president of ISI, as a tribute to his friend and colleague.