Jens-Erik Mai is professor of information studies at the University of Copenhagen. His work concerns basic questions about the nature of information phenomena in contemporary society — he is concerned with the state of privacy and surveillance given new digital media, with classification given the pluralistic nature of meaning and society, and with information and its quality given its pragmatic nature.
His publications into the nature of classification have been recognized by Emerald’s “Outstanding Paper Award” for the paper “The Modernity of Classification” published in Journal of Documentation — and by the International Society for Knowledge Organization’s (ISKO) “Best Paper in KO Award” for the paper “Ethics, Values and Morality in Contemporary Library Classifications” which was published in Knowledge Organization.
He teaches courses on classification, design of controlled vocabularies, information ethics, privacy and surveillance, knowledge media, and the theoretical foundation of information studies.
Jens-Erik is the editor of Emerald’s Studies in Information book series, and is a member of the editorial boards for Knowledge Organization and Aslib Journal of Information Management. He was the general Conference Chair for iConference 2012 held in Toronto and the general Conference Chair for 77th ASIS&T Annual Meeting held in Seattle.
Previously Jens-Erik was associate professor at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, where he also served as Vice Dean and Acting Dean. Prior to that he was a faculty member at the Information School of the University of Washington where he also co-directed the Center for Human-Information Interaction.
He earned his Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the The School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin as a Fulbright Scholar and his Master and Bachelor degrees from the Royal School of Library and Information Science, Denmark.
Jens-Erik lives in a small town north of Copenhagen with his wife Mette Ribergaard Mai and their teenage son.