Vyacheslav (Slava) Zavalin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Library & Information Studies

Vyacheslav (Slava) Zavalin, Ph.D.



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Vyacheslav “Slava” Zavalin is an Assistant Professor in the School of Library & Information Studies at Texas Woman’s University. Dr. Zavalin completed his ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Information Science with a concentration in information organization and systems and Ph.D. in information science with concentration in data analytics at the University of North Texas. His research interests, teaching and practical experience lie in the areas of cataloging and classification, metadata, subject analysis, and information organization, data analytics, digital imaging and data visualization. Since 2015, he has been teaching RDA Cataloging in MARC21, including descriptive and subject cataloging and authority control. He actively collaborated with faculty, students, and library practitioners in several research projects and co-authored resulting publications in areas of information organization and access. He designed course materials and taught introductory and advanced cataloging and classification courses. He also designed and taught a Data Visualization and Analytics course. His teaching philosophy emphasizes experiential learning and he is committed to working closely with students to help them achieve academic success and develop professionally.


Ph.D., Information Science, University of North Texas, Denton, TX
M.S., Information Science, University of North Texas, Denton, TX
Masters Degree or Equivalent, Engineering, Economics and Management, National Transport University, Kiev, Ukraine
Graduate Certificate, Technology Processes Automation, Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture, Kiev, Ukraine


Data Science; Information Organization; Information Systems; Metadata; Cataloging; Classification; Subject Access; Subject Representation; Data Visualization; Digital Imaging; Linked Data; Smart Data; Big Data

Recent Presentations

Analysis of Genre and Subject Representation in the Children's and Young Adults' Cataloging Program (CYAC) Bibliographic Metadata for Fiction Books
International Association of School Librarianship Annual Conference (2021)
Paper | Vyacheslav Zavalin

Collecting and Evaluating Large Volumes of Bibliographic Metadata Aggregated in the WorldCat Database: Challenges and Possible Solutions
ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (2020)
Faculty Workshop | Vyacheslav I Zavalin, Shawne D. Miksa

Professional Affiliations

  • Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE)
  • Beta Phi Mu The International Library and Information Studies Honor Society
  • International Association of School Librarianship
  • Texas Library Association