Beth St. Jean

Assistant Director

Dr. Beth St. Jean is the Assistant Director of iPAC and an Assistant Professor in the College of Information Studies ( at the University of Maryland. She is also an affiliate faculty member of the Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy ( in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland. Her research interests include several areas within information behavior, including consumer health information behavior, relevance and credibility, open access and institutional repositories, and information literacy. Her current research focuses on the information behavior of people who are striving to prevent or manage a disease, with a particular focus on the crucially important interrelationships between people’s information behaviors and their health behaviors. Dr. St. Jean’s dissertation ( entailed a longitudinal investigation into how people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes learn about this condition, what factors motivate them and what factors impede them in this process, and how the ways in which they look for, evaluate, and make use of diabetes-related information change as their health condition and related information behavior evolve. Dr. St. Jean teaches foundational courses in the MLS and Ph.D. programs at the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland. She holds a Ph.D. in Information and a Master of Science in Information (Library & Information Services specialization) from the University of Michigan School of Information (, as well as an A.B. in Mathematics from Smith College ( For more information about Dr. St. Jean, please see: