Department of Library and Information Science and Book Studies

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tanja Merčun Kariž

Dr. Tanja Merčun Kariž is an Associate Professor at the Department of Library and Information Science and Book Studies at the University of Ljubljana. After finishing her undergraduate studies, she worked as a young researcher and obtained her PhD in Information Science in 2012 with the thesis “Visualization of results and navigation support in user interfaces of bibliographic information systems”.  She is currently the chair for information science and teaches courses on research methods, information retrieval systems and organization of information resources.

Her research focuses on the design and evaluation of bibliographic information systems, the application of FRBR/LRM to bibliographic user interfaces of information system, user experience research, and methods for evaluation of library services and information systems. 



  • 2012: PhD in Information Science (University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts)
  • 2007: University Diploma (B.A.) in Librarianship (University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts)

Academic Positions
Department of Library and Information Science and Book Studies, Faculty of Arts at University of Ljubljana

  • 2021-2023: head of department
  • 2016 - : university teacher
  • 2012 - 2018: research associate
  • 2007 - 2012: young researcher






Peer-reviewed journal papers (selected)

Švab, K., & Merčun, T. (2021). Uporabniška izkušnja v COBISS+ = COBISS+ user experience. Organizacija znanja, 26(1-2), 2126003.

Salaba, A., & Merčun, T. (2020). Visualizations of bibliographic information: A user experience study. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science52(1), 271-287.

Salaba, A., Merčun, T., & Aalberg, T. (2018). Complexity of work families and entity-based visualization displays. Cataloging & Classification Quarterly56(7), 628-652.

Merčun, T., Žumer, M., & Aalberg, T. (2017). Presenting bibliographic families using information visualization: evaluation of FRBR?based prototype and hierarchical visualizations. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 68(2), 392-411.

Merčun, T., Žumer, M., & Aalberg, T. (2016). Presenting bibliographic families: Designing an FRBR-based prototype using information visualization. Journal of Documentation, 72(3), 490-526.

Pisanski, J., Merčun, T., & Žumer, M. (2015). FRBR: The Way Forward. Przegląd Biblioteczny, 83(1), 62-72.

Merčun, T., Švab, K., Harej, V., & Žumer, M. (2013). Creating better library information systems: The Road to FRBR-Land. Information Research: An International Electronic Journal, 18(3). 

Merčun, T., & Žumer, M. (2008). Vizualizacija informacij v sistemih za poizvedovanje. Knjižnica, 52(2/3), 95-114. 

Merčun, T., & Žumer, M. (2008). New generation of catalogues for the new generation of users: a comparison of six library catalogues. Program, 42(3), 243-261.


Published conference papers and posters 

Kuhar, M., & Merčun, T. (2020). Starting a search: Exploring the differences in two digital libraries. Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 57(1), e341.

Aalberg, T., Merčun, T., & Žumer, M. (2017). Interactive displays for the next generation of entity-centric bibliographic models. In Digital Libraries: data, information, and knowledge for digital lives, 19th International Conference on Asian Digital Libraries, ICADL 2017 (pp. 199-211). Springer.

Salaba, A., & Merčun, T. (2017). User interactions with bibliographic information visualizations. In Research and advanced technology for digital libraries, 21st International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries, TPDL 2017 (pp. 579-584). Springer.

Merčun, T., & Žumer, M. (2017). Exploring the influences on pragmatic and hedonic aspects of user experience. Information Research, 22(1), CoLIS paper 1621.

Merčun, T., Salaba, A., & Žumer, M. (2016). User testing of prototype systems in two different environments: Preliminary results. In Digital libraries: knowledge, information, and data in an open access society, 18th  International Conference on Asian Digital Libraries (pp. 104-109). Springer.

Aalberg, T., Merčun, T., & Žumer, M. (2016). BIBSURF—Discover bibliographic entities by searching for units of interest, ranking and filtering. In 2016 IEEE/ACM Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) (pp. 207-208). IEEE.

Merčun, T., & Žumer, M. (2014). Dimensions of User Experience and Reaction Cards. In ICADL 2014: The Emergence of Digital Libraries–Research and Practices, LNCS 8839 (pp. 365-370). Springer.

Švab, K., Merčun, T., & Žumer, M. (2014). Researching bibliographic data with users: examples of 5 qualitative studies. In LIDA 2014 Proceedings: Libraries in the digital age, Assesing libraries and library users and use, Zadar, Croatia.

Merčun, T., & Žumer, M. (2013). User perception of 4 hierarchical layouts. In ASIS&T 2013: Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 50(1), 1-3. [poster]

Merčun, T., & Žumer, M. (2013). Every User His Visualization? User Performance and Preferences of Different Hierarchical Layouts. In ICADL 2013: Digital Libraries: Social Media and Community Networks,LNCS 8279 (pp. 184-185). Springer.  [poster]

Merčun, T., Žumer, M., & Aalberg, T. (2012). Presenting and Exploring the Complexity of Bibliographic Relationships. In ICADL 2012: The Outreach of Digital Libraries: A Globalized Resource Network, LNCS 7643 (pp. 63-66). Springer.

Merčun, T., Žumer, M., & Aalberg, T. (2012). FrbrVis: An information visualization approach to presenting FRBR work families. In TPDL 2012: Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries, LNCS 7489 (pp. 504-507). Springer. [demo]

Aalberg, T., Merčun, T., & Žumer, M. (2011). Coding FRBR-structured bibliographic information in MARC. In ICADL 2011: Digital Libraries: For Cultural Heritage, Knowledge Dissemination, and Future Creation, LNCS 7008 (pp. 128-137). Springer.

Žumer, M., Pisanski, J., Vilar, P., Harej, V., Merčun, T., & Švab, K. (2011). Breaking barriers between old practices and new demands : the price of hesitation. In IFLA 2011: Libraries beyond libraries: integration, innovation and information for all (11 p.).

Merčun, T., & Žumer, M. (2011). Making Web 2.0 work for users and libraries. In Gupta, D. & Savard, R.(eds), Marketing libraries in a Web 2.0 world, IFLA publications, 145 (pp. 13-22). Berlin; New York: De Gruyter: Saur.

Compulsory Courses

Elective Courses



09. 11. - 11. 11. 2023
Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts

26th Neolithic Seminar 'Eurasian Neolithics: How Cultures and Societies Evolve and Why It Matters'

27. 02. 2023
Faculty of Arts

Online presentation of University of Ljubljana for prospective international students

13. 10. 2022
Administrative Office for Doctoral Study, Faculty of Arts

EUTOPIA Citizen Science Clinics

15. 09. 2022
Administrative Office for Undergraduate Study Programme, Faculty of Arts

Reception for International Students at the Faculty of Arts and at the University of Ljubljana (two separate events)

22. 02. 2022
Faculty of Arts

Online sessions for prospective international students, 22 February 2022 at 1.15 pm (CET)