Harry Bruce

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Dr. Harry Bruce is a Professor and Dean Emeritus of the Information School of the University of Washington. His teaching and research focus is on human information behavior, information seeking and use and personal information management. Harry’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Institute for Library and Museum Studies, and the Australian Department of Employment Education and Training.

Research Highlights

Bill and Mellinda Gates Foundation — Global Libraries ($1,437,500) 2016-2026: Distinguished Practioner in Residence.

National Science Foundation— Information & Intelligent Systems ($24,484) 2010-2011: “Workshop: 2011 iConference Doctoral Research Colloquium”

National Science Foundation – Intelligent Information Systems – Collaborative Systems ($605,000) 2006-2009: “Structuring Personal Information Collections

National Science Foundation - Information and Data Management ($428,389) 2001, 2002, 2003: "Keeping Found Things Found" Supplementary award ($70,000), 2004-2005

National Science Foundation – Information and Data Management ($34,361) 2004, 2005: "Sponsored workshop on personal information management"

National Science Foundation - Information and Data Management ($246,208) 2003: "Information Retrieval and Databases: Synergies and Syntheses" – PI workshop, Seattle, September 2003.

Institute for Museum and Library Services ($212,023) 2003, 2004, 2005: "Project Athena: Spinning the Web of our Future"

Institute for Museum and Library Services ($74,801) 2005, 2006: "Extending the Web"

National Science Foundation - Computation and Social Systems ($444,947) 1999, 2000, 2001: "Collaborative Information Retrieval"

Recent Presentations

Bruce, H. “Trends in information research and education.” Presentation to King Saud University, March, 2017, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Bruce, H. “Title: Creating an intellectual hub for computing and information science at the University of Pittsburg.” University of Pittsburg iSchool consolidation review, January, 2016.

Bruce, H. “Interdisciplinary Practices at iSchools.” iConference 2014, Berlin, Germany, March 2, 2014.

Bruce, H. “The Audacious Vision of Information Schools.” 2010 International Symposium on the Transformation & Innovation of Library and Information Science, November 16-17, 2010, Taipei, Taiwan.

Bruce, H. "High Impact Leadership Roles for the 21st Century Academic Librarian." Academic Librarian 2: Singing in the Rain; The Conference Towards Future Possibilities; March 11-12, 2010, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China.

Bruce, H. ”The Emerging Role of Libraries in an Information Age.“ Friends of the Seattle Pacific University Libraries, SPU, Seattle, WA; March 25, 2009.

Bruce, H. “Leadership in Higher education: iSchools and the 21st Century Librarian.” NW Academic Library Directors Symposium, Portland, OR; November 6, 2008.

Bruce, H. "Educating information specialists in a digital age." Information technology: Second Sino-U.S. Symposium on Library and Information Science Education in Asia. School of Information Management, Wuhan University, China, October 2006.

Keeping Found Things Found and Other Challenges of Personal Information Management. Pressing Questions of the Information Age Series, University of Washington, June, 2005.

Recent Publications

Bruce, H. "The Vision, Successes and Challenges of the iSchool Movement." 8th Annual Conference of the Saudi Association for Library Information. 2017. Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 2017.

Jones, W., Wenning, A., & Bruce, H. "How Do People Re-find Files, Emails and Web Pages?" Proceedings of iConference 2014. Urbana-Champaign, IL, 2014.

Bruce, H. “The Audacious Vision of Information Schools” Journal of Library and Information Science 37(1): 4-10 April, 2011.

Bruce, H., Wenning, A., Jones, E., Vinson, J., and Jones, W. Seeking an ideal solution to the management of personal information collections. Information Research, 16(1) March, 2011.

Jones, E., Bruce, H., et al. (2008). "I Give Up! Five Factors that Contribute to the Abandonment of Information Management Strategies." 68th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST 2008). Columbus, OH.

Civan, A., Jones, W., Klasnja, P., Bruce, H. (2008). "Better to Organize Personal Information by Folders Or by Tags?: The Devil Is in the Details." 68th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST 2008), Columbus, OH.

Jones, W., Bruce, H., Foxley, A., and Munat, C. "Planning Personal Projects and Organizing Personal Information." Annual meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), Austin, Texas, November 2006.

Bruce, H., Richardson, D.J., and Eisenberg, M. "The I-Conference: Gathering of the Clans of Information." Bulletin of the American Society of Information Science and Technology, Vol. 32 (No. 4), April-May, 2006 pp.9-23.

Bruce, H. Personal anticipated information need. Information Research, 10(3) paper 232. April, 2005.