Tao Jin, PhD

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Tao Jin, PhD

Associate Professor

PhD: Information Studies, McGill University, 2008

Master's Degree(s): MLIS, McGill University, 2002

Bachelor's Degree(s): BA, Capital Normal University, 1995

223N Peabody Hall
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
O: (225) 578-1486
F: (225) 578-4581

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Tao Jin is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Studies at Louisiana State University. Dr. Jin was a working journalist at Dow Jones & Company, Inc. prior to his academic career. Since 2004 he has been researching, teaching, and advising in the areas of competitive intelligence, knowledge management, and business information seeking and processing. Over the years he has promoted and/or served for various professional organizations, such as the Association for Information Science and Technology, Special Libraries Association, Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals, Canadian Association for Information Science, ARMA International, and the Institute of Certified Records Managers. He currently sits on editorial board the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science. He advises students who are interested in special libraries, knowledge management, and records and information management. He is the program coordinator for the Graduate Certificate in Records and Information Management. 

Courses Taught

7000 Information and Society

7004 Management of Information Organizations

7205 Business Information Resources

7403 Special Libraries and Information Centers

7508 Management of Knowledge-based Assets in Organizations

7511 Competitive Intelligence  

7612 Information Governance

Research Areas

Competitive Intelligence, Knowledge Management, Business Information Seeking and Processing, and Records and Information Management.

Selected Publications

Ju, B., Stewart, J. B., & Jin, T. (2022). “A Bit Hard for us to Explain”: Barrier to Creating New Information in Scientific Collaboration. Library and Information Science Research, 44, 101173 (http://doi. Org/10.1016/j.lisr.2022.101173) 

Jin, T., & Chen, M. (2019). Exploring Underlying Causes of Cross-national Differences in Intellectual Property Ethics: A Concept-map. In E. Tomé, F. Cesário, and R. R. Soares (Eds.), Proceedings of the 20th European Conference on Knowledge Management, Vol.1, pp.584-592. DOI: 10.34190/KM.19.135. Reading, UK: Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited.

Jin, T., Ward, A., Yi, K. (2018). The Key to Fostering Transdiciplinary Research Collaboration: Finding the Connections. Proceedings of the 46th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Information Science.

Jin. T. (2017). The Role of Information Professionals in Competitive Intelligence (CI) Practices. Information Outlook, 21(3): 8-10, 18.

Jin. T., & Ju, B. (2014). Toward understanding the perceptions of information professionals about competitive intelligence work. Journal of Information and Knowledge Management, 13 (2):1450011, DOI: 10.1142/s02196492150017.

Jin, T., & Ju, B. (2014). The Corporate Information Agency: Do Competitive Intelligence Practitioners Utilize It? Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 65(3): 589-608. DOI: 10.1002/asi.22993

Selected Presentations

Jin, T., & Chen, M. (2019). “Cultural Barriers to Intellectual Property Ethics: A Theoretical Mode." The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T 2019), October 13-23, Melbourne, Australia. DOI: 10.1002/pra2.00053

Jin, T. (2018), "What can information professionals contribute to intelligence analysis". The 18th ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2018), June 3 - 6, University of North Texas, Fort Worth, TX, USA. Association for Computing Machinery, DOI: 10.1145/3197026.3205365

Jin, T., & McLain, W. (2017). “Identifying core competencies for records management and information governance professionals: A job advertisement analysis”. The 45th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Information Science (CAIS 2017), May 31 – June 2, Toronto, Canada.

Ju, B., Jin, T., & Stewart, B. (2016). “Investigating communication hindrance in interdisciplinary collaboration: A grounded theory approach”. The 79th Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T 2016), October 14-18, Copenhagen, Denmark. DOI:10.1002/pra2.2016.14505301113.

Jin, T. (2015). "Special librarianship: A marginalized area in LIS education". The 2015 Annual Conference of Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE 2015), January 27-30, Chicago, IL, USA. 

Selected Grants & Funded Projects

McLain, W., & Jin, T. (2015). Identifying Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities for RIM/IG Professionals. ARMA International Educational Foundation (AIEF), $13,651 requested, $7,500 offered (contract not accepted). 

Ju, B., & Jin, T. (2014). Collaboration Technologies and Knowledge Sharing in Distributed Scientific Collaboration. Faculty Research Grant Program, the Office of Research and Economic Development, Louisiana State University, $10,000 awarded. 

Jin, T. (2014). Knowledge management portal as an enabler for transdisciplinary research collaborations. Peabody Society Alumni and Friends Dean’s Circle Program, College of Human Sciences and Education, Louisiana State University, $3,000 awarded. 

Jin, T. (2009). Understanding the value of corporate libraries in competitive intelligence practices. SLA Research Grant, Special Libraries Association, $24,160 requested and $20,314 awarded. 

Selected Professional & Community Service

Member, The 47th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Information Science (CAIS 2019) Program Committee, 2019

Member, ARMA Competence Update Group for 2017 ARMA RIM Core Competencies, ARMA International, 2016-2017

Executive Board Member, Competitive Intelligence Division, Special Libraries Association, 2011-2013  

Awards & Honors

The 2010 BRASS Emerald Research Grant Award Recipient,Business Reference and Service Section (BRASS) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), American Libraries Association (ALA)