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Karl Fast

  • Assistant Professor
  • Kent State University
  • 14PublicationsNumber of items in Karl's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 14Followers

Recent publications

  • Interaction and the epistemic potential of digital libraries

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  • The confluence of research and practice in information architecture

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Professional experience

Assistant Professor

Kent State University

August 2007 - Present

Research Assistant

The University of Western Ontario

September 2003 - December 2006(3 years)

Information Architect

Argus Associates

October 2000 - April 2001(6 months)

Manager of Online Content


April 2000 - May 2000(a month)

Information Architect

Northern Lights Internet Solutions

March 1997 - March 2000(3 years)

Information Architect Communications

April 1996 - April 1997(a year)

Research Engineer (Physics)

University of Saskatchewan

June 1994 - February 1997(3 years)


PhD (Information Science)

The University of Western Ontario

September 2002 - February 2010(7 years)

MLIS (Information Science)

The University of Western Ontario

May 2001 - April 2002(a year)

B.Sc. (Engineering Physics)

University of Saskatchewan

September 1990 - September 1994(4 years)

Research interests

Human-information interaction Information architecture Information visualization Distributed cognition Digital libraries


I teach user experience design at Kent State University. I study how interacting with information helps people make sense of that information, reason with it, and use it to solve problems. I'm a founding member of the Information Architecture Institute. Also, I'm Canadian.