Karl Fast

Assistant Professor

Kent State University

City
Kent, Ohio, United States
Discipline
Computer and Information Science
Interests
Human-information interaction Information architecture Information visualization Distributed cognition Digital libraries
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About

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.
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Publications

  • Interaction and the epistemic potential of digital libraries

    Fast K, Sedig K

    International Journal on Digital Libraries (2011)

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  • The confluence of research and practice in information architecture

    Fast K

    Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (2006)

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  • Synonym rings and authority files

    Leise F, Fast K, Steckel M

    Boxes and Arrows (2003)

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  • All about facets & controlled vocabularies

    Leise F, Fast K, Steckel M

    Boxes and Arrows (2002)

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  • What is a controlled vocabulary?

    Leise F, Fast K, Steckel M

    Boxes and Arrows (2002)

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  • Controlled vocabularies: a glosso-thesaurus

    Leise F, Fast K, Steckel M

    Boxes and Arrows (2003)

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  • Creating a Controlled Vocabulary

    Leise F, Fast K, Steckel M

    Boxes and Arrows (2003)

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  • Human-information interaction for digital libraries: from document repositories to knowledge environments

    Fast K

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  • From pace layering to resilience theory: the complex implications of tagging for information architecture

    Campbell D, Fast K

    Information Architecture Summit (2006)

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  • The Ontological Perspectives of the Semantic Web and the Metadata Harvesting Protocol: Applications of Metadata for Improving Internet Search

    Fast K, Campbell D

    Canadian Journal of Library and Information Science (2001)

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  • Panizzi, Lubetzky and Google: How the Modern Web Environment is Reinventing the Theory of Cataloguing

    Campbell D, Fast K

    Canadian Journal for Information and Library Science (2004)

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  • Academic libraries and the Semantic Web: What the future may hold for research-supporting library catalogues

    Campbell D, Fast K

    The Journal of Academic Librarianship (2004)

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  • "I still like Google": university student perceptions of searching OPACs and the Web

    Fast K, Campbell D

    Proceedings of the 67th Annual Meeting of ASIS&T (2004)

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  • The INVENT framework: examining the role of information visualization in the reconceptualization of digital libraries

    Fast K, Sedig K

    Journal of Digital Information (2005)

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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 3 months)

Information Architect

Argus Associates

October 2000 - April 2001 (6 months)

Manager of Online Content

Activestate

April 2000 - May 2000 (1 month)

Information Architect

Northern Lights Internet Solutions

March 1997 - March 2000 (3 years)

Information Architect

Zu.com Communications

April 1996 - April 1997 (1 year)

Research Engineer (Physics)

University of Saskatchewan

June 1994 - February 1997 (2 years 8 months)

Education history

The University of Western Ontario

PhD (Information Science)

September 2002 - February 2010 (7 years 5 months)

The University of Western Ontario

MLIS (Information Science)

May 2001 - April 2002 (11 months)

University of Saskatchewan

B.Sc. (Engineering Physics)

September 1990 - September 1994 (4 years)