Professor Benoit directs the Information Science & Technology Concentration at SLIS and teaches undergraduate computer science, graduate information science, and doctoral-level classes. Prior to entering the academic world, he worked as a rare materials librarian, later settling into programming/analysis and even started the marketing firm, Imada Wong Park + Benoit. Prof Benoit’s work experience and research interests aim at improving the human experience through ethical, technically-informed, and purposeful application of information systems. Consequently, his service, research, and teaching activities integrate the sciences and arts of information. Students in his courses learn standards, hands-on competencies, interoperability of data, professional and scholarly communication to fulfill their own career interests while addressing real-world needs. His work is framed by the philosophy of language, aesthetics, computation, and the emancipatory use of technology. Working with colleagues, Benoit’s research studies the innovation and management of new systems.
Some research projects focus on multilingual issues; others on visual resources; some on digital object repurposing in data-rich settings. All are designed to let students participate and apply their knowledge to their own projects. Active projects include the information science virtual lab, innovation and information discovery, information aesthetics and visualization. The lab’s collections include images from the Boston Public Library’s digital collection, metadata records, social tags and expert text. The whole is a research platform to generate data for retrieval algorithm design, human information seeking behavior, and innovative interfaces.
Since 2004, Benoit has organized a research and discussion colloquium, referred to as the “Lunchtime Lectures”. In 2012, he proposed and lead the Simmons Study Abroad Program in Rome (2013) and Paris (2014).
Gerald Benoit's Curriculum Vitae
• LIS 458: Database Management
• LIS 469: XML
• CS 343/LIS 486: Systems Analysis in Information Services
• LIS 488: Technology for Information Professionals
• LIS 489: Technical Foundations of Information Science
• LIS 531Z: Data Operability and Web-Based Resources
• LIS 593D: Information Visualization
• LIS 620: History, Concepts, and Research Opportunities
• LIS 642: Applied Statistics for Library and Information Science
Many papers, project documentation, and code samples, and drafts for comment are available from Prof. Benoit's homepage (http://web.simmons.edu/~benoit/) and from the project server http://pomme.simmons.edu/.
Metadata Interoperability in Libraries
Metadata standards abound. Equally, scaleable computing architectures and storage models have evolved to manage vastly large sets of data in ways that foster integration, interactivity, visualization, repurposing, and facets. Combined with emerging end-user expectations, the future of information services challenge our expectations of information discovery as well as questioning without boundaries the possibilities for Library & Information Science systems and services.