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Lai Ma

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School Of Information & Comms Studies
Newman Building
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168449
Email: lai.ma@ucd.ie

Biography

Lai Ma is an Assistant Professor at School of Information and Communication Studies at
University College Dublin, Ireland. She serves as the Director of Master of Library and
Information Studies programme and is a Council member of the Library Association of
Ireland. Lai received her PhD in Information Science from Indiana University-Bloomington in
2012. Her research is concerned with the interrelationship between epistemology,
information infrastructure (primarily bibliographic and citation databases), and its cultural
and social affordances and implications. Her work has been influenced by philosophy of
language, critical social theory, and social studies of science and technology. She has
published conceptual and theoretical work about the concepts of information. Her recent
work focuses on research evaluation practices, as well as the notion of impact in the context
of knowledge production.

Professional

 

Associations

Association: Association for Information Science and Technology, Function/Role: Co-Chair, Awards Nomination Committee; SIG Cabinet Advisor; Past Chair, European Chapter; Past Chair, SIG/HFIS
Association: Library Association of Ireland, Function/Role: Member of LAI Council; Continuing Professional Development Committee
     

Conference Contributions

Ma, L. (2018) The Discourse about Metrics. [Oral Presentation], Accelerated Academy Conference, Prague, Czech Republic , 24-MAY-18 - 25-MAY-18.
Shankar, K; Ma, L; Lucas, P (2018) A Mixed-Methods Examination of Reviewer Recruitment, Assessment Criteria, and Workflow in the Peer Review Process. [Poster Presentation], PEERE International Conference on Peer Review, Rome, Italy , 07-MAR-18 - 09-MAR-18.
Ma, Lai (2017) Research Assessment: STEM vs. SSH or Theoretical vs. Applied?. [Published Abstract], PUBMET (The 4th Conference on Scholarly Publishing in the Context of Open Science), Zagreb, Croatia , 21-SEP-17 - 22-SEP-17.
Ma, Lai (2016) Do Metrics Matter? An Exploratory Study of Publication and Citation Practices in Irish Universities. [Refereed Abstracts], Accelerated Academy Conference, Leiden, The Netherlands , 30-NOV-16 - 02-DEC-16.
Ma, Lai (2016) Reconfiguring Accountability. [Poster Presentation], Nordic Workshop on Bibliometrics and Research Policy, Copenhagen, Denmark , 02-NOV-16 - 04-NOV-16.
Ma, Lai (2016) Epistemology and Conceptions of Information. [Keynote Address], 2016 National Information Science Doctoral Symposium, Beijing, China , 24-SEP-16 - 25-SEP-16.
Ma, Lai (2015) [Keynote Address], Third ASIS&T European Workshop, Osijek, Croatia , 22-MAY-15 - 23-MAY-15.
Ma, Lai (2014) Perspectives of Information Analysis. [Chaired Session], iConference 2014, Berlin , 03-MAR-14 - 08-MAR-14.
Ma, Lai (2014) History and Philosophy of Information papers. [Chaired Session], 77th Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology, Seattle, WA, USA , 31-OCT-14 - 05-NOV-14.
Ma, Lai (2014) Poster track co-chair. [Conference Organising Committee Member], 77th Annual Meeting of the Association of Information Science and Technology, Seattle, WA, USA , 31-OCT-14 - 05-NOV-14.
Michael Buckland, Charles van den Heuval, Lai Ma, Kathryn LaBarre (2012) The 'other' as a research agenda for information science. [Oral Presentation], 75th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Baltimore, MD, USAo , 26-OCT-12 - 30-OCT-12.
Ma, L., et al. (2011) Communicating scientific knowledge: Media, dissemination, and evaluation. [Chaired Session], Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) 2011, Cleveland, OH, USA , 02-NOV-12 - 05-NOV-12.
   

Education

Year 2012 Institution: Indiana University, IN. USA
Qualification: PhD Subject:
Year 2007 Institution: Indiana University, IN. USA
Qualification: MLIS Subject:
         

Publications

 

Book Chapters

Ma, L. (2013) 'Critical methodology and the reconceptualization of information' In: Dennis, B., Carspecken, L., & Carspecken, P. F (eds). Qualitative research: A reader in philosophy, core concepts, and practice. New York: Peter Lang. [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

Ma, Lai (2015) 'A sign on a tree: A case for public knowledge'. Library Trends, 63 (3):528-539. Available Online [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Ma, Lai (2013) 'Is information still relevant?'. Information Research, 18 (3). Available Online [Details]
Ma, Lai (2012) 'Some philosophical considerations in using mixed methods in library and information science research'. Journal of the American Society of Information Science and Technology, 63 (9):1859-1867. Available Online [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Ma, Lai (2012) 'Meanings of information: The assumptions and research consequences of three foundational LIS theories'. Journal of the American Society of Information Science and Technology, 63 (4):716-723. Available Online [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
 

Conference Publications

Ma, L (2018) Responses to the Output-Based Research Support Scheme in University College Dublin Science and Technology Indicators Conference , 12-SEP-18 - 14-SEP-18 [Details]
Ma, L; Shankar, K; Lucas, P (2018) Document Analysis of Peer Review Criteria in Science Foundation Ireland Science and Technology Indicators Conference [Details]
Ma, L. (2018) An implementation of performance-based funding system at individual level: An exploratory study iConference [Details]
Ma, L., & Ladisch, M. (2016) Scholarly communication and practices in the world of metrics: An exploratory study Proceedings of the 79th Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology [Details]
Aytac, S; Chen, HL; Hu, X; Ma, L; Potnis, DD & Rorrissa, A (2016) Diversity and Multiculturalism in LIS Education Proceedings of the 79th Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology [Details]
Budd, J; Day, R; Ma, L; Stevenson, S (2014) Informational and Media Failures and Potential Successes Proceedings of the 77th Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology [Details]
Fuller, S; Hjørland, B; Ma, L; Ibekwe-SanJuan, F; Mai, J-E; Tennis, J; Warner, J (2013) Uncovering epistemological assumptions underlying research in information studies Proceedings of the 76th Annual Meeting of the Association of Information Science and Technology [Details]
Aparac-Jelu¿ić, T; Ibekwe-SanJuan, F; Huvilia, I; Ma, L; Ortiz-Repiso, V; Warner, J (2013) Crossing the boundaries in information science: Perspectives on Interdisciplinarity Proceedings of the 76th Annual Meeting of the Association of Information Science and Technology [Details]
Ma, Lai (2011) Situational information: Formal ontological categories and research consequences Proceedings of the 74th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology [Details]
Day, R. E., & Ma, L. (2011) Rethinking unsaid information: Jokes and ideology Proceedings of the iConference 2011 [Details]
Ma, L. (2010) Information as discursive construct Proceedings of the 73th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology [Details]
Ma, L. (2010) Theory and education: A case of structuration theory Proceedings of the iConference 2010 [Details]
Ma, L. (2009) Critical ethnography for information research in diverse contexts Proceedings of the 72th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology [Details]
Day, R. E., & Ma, L. (2009) Examining together social and technological research in library andinformation science Proceedings of the iConference 2009 [Details]
Ma, L. (2009) Critical ethnography for information research Proceedings of the iConference 2009 [Details]
Rosenbaum, H., Day, R. E., & Ma, L. (2009) Technology, organization and materiality: Reflections on the problem of agency Proceedings of the 15th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS) [Details]
                                                                                                                                       

Research

Research Interests

Research Evaluation
Research Policy
Peer Review
Scholarly Communication
Science and Technology Studies
Critical Information Studies
Information Infrastructure
Philosophy of Information



   

Current Postgraduate Students

Andrea Muzzarelli, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor

Collaborators

 

External Collaborators

COST Action IS15137 ENRESSH: Evaluation in the Social Sciences and the Humanities