Julia Bullard

I am an assistant professor at the iSchool and I teach courses in knowledge organization, classification theory, and information systems. My research looks at the way that knowledge organization systems are designed, implemented, revised, broken or fixed. I am interested in the design of organization systems and how these systems might align with the values and activities of their communities. My dissertation work focused on classification systems – the designed structure of terms, their relationships and the rules for applying these terms tor documents or people.

I have an MA in Cultural Studies and Critical Theory (McMaster), an MLIS from UBC iSchool, and a Ph.D. from the Information School at the University of Texas at Austin. I have published extensively in classification and knowledge organization systems, and the design of organizing systems such as metadata schemas and controlled vocabularies.

  • Information and knowledge organization
  • Information ethics
  • Computer-supported cooperative work
  • Social computing
  • Classification theory
  • Bullard, J. Classification design: understanding the decisions between theory and consequence (Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin), May 2017.
  • M Feinberg, D Carter, J Bullard, A Gursoy. Translating Texture: Design as Integration. Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, 297-307
  • Bullard, J. “Warrant as a means to study classification system design.” Journal of Documentation 73 (1), 75-90. 2017
  • SA Buchanan, J Bullard, W Aspray, et. al. Collaborative syllabus design for studying information work. Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology 54 (1), 630-632. 2017
  • Bullard, J. Motivating Invisible Contributions: Framing Volunteer Classification Design in a Fanfiction Repository. Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Supporting Group Work, 181-193. 2016
  • J Howison, J Bullard. “Software in the scientific literature: Problems with seeing, finding, and using software mentioned in the biology literature.” Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology 67 (9), 2137-2155. 2016.
  • M Zhitomirsky‐Geffet, BH Kwaśnik, J Bullard, L Hajibayova, et. al. Crowdsourcing approaches for knowledge organization systems: Crowd collaboration or crowd work? Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology 53 (1), 1-6. 2016
  • J Bullard, J Howison. “Learning from Elitist Jerks: Creating high‐quality knowledge resources from ongoing conversations.” Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology 66 (11), 2267-2276. 2015
  • J Gruning, J Bullard, M Ocepek. Medium, Access, and Obsolescence: What Kinds of Objects are Lasting Objects?. Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 3433-3343. 2015

Current Courses

Winter 2019
No LIBR course(s) were found for W2019 term.Winter 2019
No LIBR course(s) were found for W2019 term.Winter 2019
No LIBR course(s) were found for W2019 term.Winter 2019
No ARST course(s) were found for W2019 term.