Dr. Chi-Shiou Lin was recently name Director of the Department of Library and Information Science at National Taiwan University (NTU). Dr. Lin earned his PhD in 2007 and worked in the SLIS Library as a project assistant in cataloging.
His dissertation is titled “The conceptualization of government publications on the world wide web : a genre theory inspired investigation” and he continued to research government information and social informatics at NTU when he joined the faculty. Currently, his research has broadened into scholarly communication, open access, and the functionality of social science and humanities abstracts for research. To build on the emphasis of Print Culture at SLIS, Dr. Lin also studies pleasure reading in Taiwain in conjunction with the departments of foreign and Taiwanese literature.
In comparing SLIS to NTU, Dr. Lin states “like SLIS, NTU faculty comes from very diverse academic backgrounds; we also have friendly relationships among faculty members and between faculty and students. Professional LIS education in Taiwan begins at the undergraduate level. We are the only LIS department in Taiwan that offers undergraduate, master, and PhD degrees. The department currently has 13 full-time faculty members and is particularly strong in infometrics (bibliometric) research.”
When asked what he misses most about Madison, Dr. Lin reminisced about “the small, cozy SLIS Library, SLIS Commons, the workroom of the SLIS Library; the Terrace and the Rathskeller; the regular beer nights I had with fellow PhD friends, where we shared our thoughts and reflections on stuff we learned; and the very supportive atmosphere in the SLIS program.” In Taiwan, he enjoys living close to his parents and beloved nephew and hanging out with his students.