Kathryn La Barre

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Associate Professor

PhD, Information Science, Indiana

203 LIS
(217) 244-4449
klabarre [at] illinois.edu

Office Hours

Mondays 7:30-8:30 p.m. (online or by appointment), Wednesdays 1:00-2:00 p.m. 

Research Focus

Interrogating historical and contemporary naming practices and power dynamics in cultural heritage collections of films, comics and zines. Methods: Community-based participatory research and oral history.

Other Professional Appointments

Faculty Affiliate, Gender and Women's Studies


La Barre is an expert in contemporary and historical knowledge organization and access systems. Her areas of focus include task analysis, facet analysis, faceted classification, and concept theory. Her research has been published in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, the Annual Review of Information Science and Technology, Library Trends, Knowledge Organization, Libraries and the Cultural Record, and Cataloging and Classification Quarterly. At the iSchool, she teaches courses in information organization and access. In 2011, she was named the School's Centennial Scholar in recognition of her outstanding accomplishments in the field of library and information science.


Libraries Info and Society (IS502AO)
Oral History (IS590OH)

Completed Research Projects

Related Topics

Cultural Informatics and Heritage, Digital Humanities, Diversity and Social Justice, Education of Information Professionals, History of Information, Information Practices and Behaviors, Libraries and Librarianship, Organization of Knowledge and Information, academic librarianship, cataloging, information systems, metadata, research, information infrastructure, intellectual foundations, next generation catalogs