Shalini Urs is an Information Scientist having interest in all matters of the mind – from creativity to cognitive to cultural. Taking a 360 degree view of information, she has researched on issues ranging from the theoretical foundations of information science to technological aspects of digital libraries. Her areas of research include – relevance and Information Retrieval, Metadata, ontology and Social Network Analysis.
Shalini was a Fulbright scholar and visiting professor at Virginia Tech, USA during 2000-1 at Virginia Tech. Her major accomplishments include – the Vidyanidhi Digital Library project (www.vidyanidhi.org.in), an internationally known Indian digital library. She put India on the global digital library map by bringing the well known international digital library conference series ‘International Conference on Asian Digital Libraries (ICADL)’ to India in December 2001.
Having conceptualized the International School of Information Management, Shalini founded ISiM at the University of Mysore with seed funding from Ford Foundation and Informatics India in collaboration with leading Information Schools in the US (www.isim.ac.in). She is currently the Chair of the Asian Digital Library Steering Committee and Vice Chair of Consortium of I-Schools of Asia-Pacific (CiSAP).