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:

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.


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.