John Carlo Bertot is Professor and co-director of the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) in the University of Maryland College Park iSchool. He is currently on sabbatical as a visiting professor and senior research fellow at the United Nations University Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance.
John served as director of the iSchool’s MLS program from July 2011-July 2015. With Lindsay Sarin (MLS Program Manager) he co-lead the Re-Envisioning the MLS initiative designed to rethink MLS education in an era of changing information, technology, and community contexts. The report from that effort was issued in August 2015 and can be found here. He received his Ph.D. from the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. John's research has three interrelated aspects: Information policy, which explains the broad set of goals created by governments and other institutions designed to regulate and manage information flows through agencies and government, and how these policies affect the use of information by individuals, communities, and cultural institutions; Public service innovation, which examines the ways in which public sector entities can engage in innovative and entrepreneurial activities designed to foster and promote a “work smarter” approach to services and resources that meet community needs; and Equitable access, which considers ways in which to ensure opportunity for all through access to information and technologies. In addition, John served as editor of Government Information Quarterly from 2000-2015, and now serves as an Associate Editor for the journal. He served as co-editor/editor of The Library Quarterly from 2002-2014. Along with Paul Jaeger, John now serves as co-editor of the Advances in Librarianship book series. He is past-president of the Digital Government Society (DGS), and served as chair of the International Standards Organization’s (ISO) Library Performance Indicator (ISO 11620) working group from 2002-2014. John has previously served as Chair of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Library Research Round Table, and currently serves on the ALA Committee on Research and Statistics and E-government Services Subcommittee. Over the years, John has received funding for his research from the National Science Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Government Accountability Office, the American Library Association, and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.