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John A. Shuler

Affiliate Faculty

John A. Shuler is an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago University Library, where he is the Bibliographer for Urban Planning and Government Information/Documents Librarian For the last 25 years, Prof. Shuler’s teaching includes graduate information science and librarianship courses at Syracuse University, Dominican University, University of Oregon, as well as the University of Maryland. His is committed to researching issues that involve how libraries can incorporate government information and services into their organizational missions, government information policies, and specific ways governments can use information technology to foster civic engagement. He has written articles, book chapters, and co-authored books. Prof. Shuler serves as an editor for Government Information Quarterly, and served on the editorial board for Journal of Academic Librarianship.

Jessica McGilvray

Affiliate FacultyJessica McGilvray is Assistant Director for the Office of Government Relations at the American Library Association's Washington, DC office where her portfolio consists of government information, e-government services, federal libraries and open access/transparency. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland's College of Information Studies. Jessica graduated from Florida State University with a Master's degree in Library and Information Studies. While pursuing her degree she worked at the Information Use Management and Policy Institute at Florida State University, focusing her attention on e-government issues.
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Katie Shilton

Senior Research FellowKatie Shilton is an Assistant Professor within the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland (as of August 2011). Her research explores ethics and policy for the design of information collections, systems, and technologies. She previously coordinated an NSF-funded research project at the Center for Embedded Networked Sensing, and is currently conducting an education project focused on ethics as inspiration for innovation. Katie received a B.A. from Oberlin College in 2003, a Master of Library and Information Science from UCLA in 2007, and a Ph.D. in Information Studies from UCLA in 2011.
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Ursula Gorham-Oscilowski

Graduate Research AssociateUrsula Gorham-Oscilowski is a doctoral student in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland. Ursula received her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law and is admitted to practice in Maryland. She also holds Master's degrees in Public Management, with a specialization in International Security and Economic Policy, and in Library Science from the University of Maryland. Her research interests include information policy and law with a focus on privacy issues and e-government initiatives.
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Amanda Waugh

Graduate Research Associate

Amanda Waugh is a Graduate Research Associate at the center. She is pursuing Doctorate in Information Studies at the University of Maryland's iSchool after receiving her Master's in Library Science in May 2012. Amanda is working on iPAC projects that focus on libraries and student achievement, primarily the Sci-Dentity project ( which examines the intersection of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and storytelling in the school library and an online environment with urban middle school students.

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Sarah Dammeyer

Assistant Editor, Government Information QuarterlySarah Dammeyer holds a Master's degree in English with a concentration in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Maryland. She lectures in the English Department's Academic Writing and Professional Writing programs. Her current research interests are in writing pedagogy, birth narratives, and Wallace Stegner.
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Jeffrey DiScala

Graduate Research AssociateJeffrey DiScala is a doctoral student in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland. He holds an MLS from the University of Maryland and a bachelor's in psychology from the University of Illinois. His research interests include school librarianship, collaborative instruction, professional teacher development, and technology integration. In his work with iPAC, he is the co-principal investigator on the School Library Supervisors’ project.
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Sheri A. Massey

Affiliate FacultyDr. Sheri A. Massey received her MLS and her Ph.D. from the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland with an emphasis in school library media programs. Because of her background as a District of Columbia Public Schools teacher and Montgomery County public school librarian, Dr. Massey has devoted a considerable amount of time exploring the history and development of urban school library media programs. Dr. Massey was a research assistant for the Council of the Great City Schools Great Libraries Network before finishing her doctorate. She is now a full-time lecturer teaching school library media courses at the College of Information Studies, With iPAC, Dr. Massey is a part of the School Library Supervisors’ research team.
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Ann Carlson Weeks

Affiliate Faculty

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 ( In her work with iPAC, she serves as the principal investigator of the School Library Supervisors’ project.

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Diane Barlow

Affiliate FacultyDr. Diane Barlow, Special Assistant to the Dean of the College of Information Studies, has extensive experience in national survey research projects, most recently on an IMLS-funded study of subject specialists in research libraries. Other survey experience includes numerous studies of academic, public, and federal libraries and library networks conducted as Senior Research Associate for King Research, Inc. and as an independent consultant. Dr. Barlow retired from the position of Associate Dean of the College of Information Studies earlier this year. With iPAC, Dr. Barlow provides support and guidance in the development and piloting of the survey instrument and the analysis of data for the School Library Supervisors’ project.