Kaitlin Peterson

Research Fellow and Reviews Editor, The Library Quarterly

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. 

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Frank Bonnevier

Operations Manager

Frank is currently an Operations Manager / Graduate Associate working for the Information Policy and Access Center.  Originally from Pennsylvania, Frank received a B.A. in English from Temple University in Philadelphia.  He currently holds a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Maryland's iSchool.  His research interests include leveraging emerging technologies to enhance communication between libraries and their users; specifically to effectively bridge any digital or web literacy gaps experienced by underserved populations.   While at iPAC Frank has worked to create a web-based mobile application and other big-data projects designed to release PLFTAS data to a larger audience.

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 (http://ischool.umd.edu/) at the University of Maryland. She is also an affiliate faculty member of the Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy (http://www.healthliteracy.umd.edu/) 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 (http://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/handle/2027.42/91570) 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 (https://www.si.umich.edu/), as well as an A.B. in Mathematics from Smith College (http://www.smith.edu/). For more information about Dr. St. Jean, please see: http://terpconnect.umd.edu/~bstjean/.

Lindsay C. Sarin

Research Fellow and Reviews Editor, The Library Quarterly

Lindsay C. Sarin is the MLS Program Coordinator, Reviews Editor of The Library Quarterly, and a doctoral student in the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies. Lindsay currently holds an MLS from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research interests include information policy and its relationship to library advocacy, information literacy services to diverse populations, and library marketing. She also works on several ALA and ACRL Committees to promote association involvement to new information professionals. She can be found on Twitter @lcsarin.

Rebecca Follman

Graduate Research Associate

Rebecca Follman is a graduate student in the College of Information Studies. She has a bachelor's in English from Northwestern University. Prior to entering the graduate program at the iSchool, she was a high school English teacher and webmaster. With iPAC, she works on The Lilead Project.

Erin Zerhusen

Graduate Assistant

 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.

Dr. June Ahn

Affiliate Faculty
Dr. June Ahn (http://ahnjune.com/) is an Assistant Professor in the University of Maryland's College of Information Studies and College of Education. His research examines the design, implementation, and evaluation of new media for teaching and learning, with a focus on science, math, and computational thinking education. His current projects include understanding how open, peer-led learning occurs in the massively open online course platform (MOOC), Peer 2 Peer University. He is also the PI on the NSF funded Sci-dentity project (http://scidentity.umd.edu/) that engages inner-city middle school youth with science fiction storytelling and social media to enhance their identification with STEM ideas. His research focuses on two current aspects of technology, youth, and education: (a) how we can leverage the participatory capabilities of social media and social computing tools for the goal of learning and (b) how the presence of ubiquitous information available via networks and digital media alters how teaching and learning happen in both formal and informal environments.
 

Kimberly White

Graduate Research Associate

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.

Jean Lee

Graduate Research Associate

Jean is in the Master of Information Management program at the University of Maryland's College of Information Studies.  She is a cum laude graduate of Goucher College, where she majored in psychology and minored in philosophy.  Before joining iPAC in researching Internet usage and connectivity barriers at public libraries, Jean researched populations being treated for mood and anxiety disorders and worked with ESOL learners on developing their literacy skills.  She is particularly interested in strategies for overcoming barriers to access and usability of Internet resources, the development of community spaces, and the advancement of literacy initiatives through technology.

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Kim Thompson

Affiliate Faculty

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.

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