Dr. Kim M. Thompson is a Lecturer in the School of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University in Australia. Her research focuses on information poverty in terms of physical, social, and intellectual information access, with a focus on linking practice, research, theory, and policy to improve information infrastructures and service. She has had opportunities to teach and consult on library curriculum and practice in the US, Central America, and Australia. Her current work with the iPAC focuses on international perspectives on digital inclusion, digital literacy, public policy, and libraries.
Dr. Ann Carlson Weeks is Associate Dean of Academic Programs in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland. Prior to her appointment at the University, she was Director of Library and Information Services for the Chicago Public Schools, Executive Director of the youth divisions at the American Library Association, and Coordinator for the National Library Power Program. She, with her colleagues, was responsible for the creation of the Great Libraries Network (http://greatlibs.wikispaces.com/). In her work with iPAC, she serves as the principal investigator of the School Library Supervisors’ project.
Kim is a second year MLS student in the E-Government and Information & Diverse Populations specializations. She earned her B.A. from The Ohio State University in Medieval and Renaissance Literature and European History. Since moving to the D.C. area she has interned with the United States Department of Labor’s Wirtz Labor Library, served as group liaison between D.C. Public Libraries and the FCC on a Section 508 Technical Accessibility repository project, traveled to India with the iSchool to study knowledge management and libraries in the developing world, and is presently working on the State Library Agency Organizations: Role, Structures, and Services project with iPAC. Kimberly is deeply passionate about reaching underserved communities and promoting civil strengthening and development initiatives through technology and public libraries.
Erin Zerhusen is pursuing her Masters in Library Science at University of Maryland's College of Information Studies with a specialization in Information and Diverse Populations. She received her bachelor's degree in History from Washington University in St. Louis and since graduating has worked as a Development Assistant for the Alzheimer's Association of Colorado until moving to DC in 2011.