Abigail J. McDermott received her Master's degree in Library Science from the University of Maryland's College of Information Studies in July 2012 as part of the E-Government Librarianship Scholarship Program's inaugural class. Much of the research she conducted as a Master's candidate focused on the digital divide that exists in the U.S, so she is very excited to join the Digital Inclusion Survey team. Abigail previously co-authored two PLFTAS reports as a member of that iPAC data collection team, while designing and developing the the iPAC Website (http://ipac.umd.edu/), and coordinating the first Digital Government Society Meeting hosted by UMCP. Abigail has a B.A. in international affairs and anthropology from The George Washington University, and her other research interests include copyright reform and the green library movement.
Johnna Percell is pursuing her Master's degree in Library Science at the University of Maryland's College of Information Studies specializing in Information and Diverse Populations. Johnna received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Harding University in 2008. She spent the past few years working with a non-profit organization serving the education and housing needs of families with criminal justice involvement. Her interests include examining the role increased information access can play in inspiring underserved populations to overcome obstacles and find success.
Kaitlin Peterson is the MIM Program Coordinator of the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies and the Reviews Editor of The Library Quarterly. She received her Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Minnesota Duluth and her Master of Library and Information Science with a specialization in Information and Diverse Populations from the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies. Kaitlin is interested in research that focuses on the role libraries play in the community as well as how libraries adapt in the changing social and economic environment.
Brian Real is a PhD student in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland. He currently holds a Master's degrees in Communication from Johns Hopkins University (2008) and Library Science from the University of Maryland (2011). Brian has previously worked for the Calvert County Public Library system as a Public Services Librarian and for the University of Maryland's Nonprint Media Services Library as a graduate assistant. In addition to working for iPAC, Brian currently works as the graduate assistant for the Graduate Field Committee in Film Studies (www.film.umd.edu).