Erik Mitchell is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland College of Information Studies and a Senior Research Fellow at iPAC. Erik received his Ph.D. from the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his MLIS from the University of South Carolina. His research focuses on roles of metadata and cloud computing in personal and organizational contexts. His most recent work has focused on investigating uses of metadata by college students and in applications of cloud computing in libraries. Prior to joining the University of Maryland, Erik worked in information technology roles in academic libraries for fifteen years. Erik publishes widely in LIS literature and writes a recurring column for Journal of Web Librarianship.
James P. Neal, III is pursuing his Master’s degree in Library Science at the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies, in the Information and Diverse Populations concentration. He is a former Program Associate at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH). James is originally from Columbia, SC. He holds a B.A. from Morehouse College in Political Science. He has done graduate course work in cultural anthropology at the University of Michigan. James served in the Peace Corps as an Agricultural Extension Agent in Zaire (Democratic Republic of the Congo) during the early 1990s. He has had a career in academic and scholarly publishing in Boston, MA.