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Personal Information Management in Theory and in Practice
Half Day, Sunday, October 19, 8:30am-12:00noon (separate fee)

This tutorial provides an overview of Personal Information Management or PIM  both as a field of inquiry and as an activity that all of us of necessity perform every day.  The tutorial includes the following:  1.) A historical overview of PIM with special emphasis on developments over the past 20 years.  2.) An analytical breakdown of PIM with respect to key problems, stages of information management (search, acquisition, organization, storage, retrieval, disposal...) and domains of information management (email, web, e-documents...). 3.) An assessment of the current state of PIM as a field of inquiry.  The tutorial will review promising lines of empirical inquiry, theoretical development and tool development.  4.) A practical review of enduring "dos" and "don'ts" of personal information management. An effective practice of PIM will vary from person to person according to the various roles a person must perform (in the workplace, at home and elsewhere).  5.) An overview of the many tools that promise to help in PIM and the few that really do.

The tutorial is designed for a general audience.  Researchers, especially in related areas such as information retrieval and library management, will have an opportunity to learn more about PIM as a field of inquiry. But personal information management is something we all must do.  Everyone who attends will have an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of PIM, its fundamental problems, the roles it plays in daily life and the ways in which selected strategies and supporting tools can help.


William Jones, Associate Professor, The Information School, University of Washington
William Jones has published basic research in cognitive psychology as well as more applied research into information retrieval and human/computer interaction. He has also served as a program manager  at Microsoft Corporation, where he was involved in the production of information retrieval-related features for both Microsoft Office and MSN Search. Prior to his work at Microsoft, William Jones worked as an internal consultant at Boeing, where he led a successful effort to create an information repository for flight deck problems and design rationale. William is currently on the faculty of the Information School and is a co-PI on the Keeping Found Things Found (KFTF) project (funded by the National Science Foundation. (

Harry Bruce, Associate Dean, Research, The Information School, University of Washington
Harry Bruce has an extensive record in the fields of information behavior and library and information science. He has been active in the exploration of social, educational and work-related issues surrounding the changing role of information technologies such as the Web. Harry recently published a book titled “The users view of the Internet” in which he presents a theoretical framework for understanding how people relate to the complex information interactions that characterize web use. Harry is a co-PI on the Keeping Found Things Found (KFTF) project (funded by the National Science Foundation. ( 

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