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John C. Bertot

Co-Director John Carlo Bertot is Co-Director of iPAC and Professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland. Dr. Bertot received his Ph.D. from the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. His research spans information and telecommunications policy, e-government, government agency technology planning and evaluation, and library planning and evaluation. Dr. […]

Paul T. Jaeger

Co-Director Paul T. Jaeger, PhD, JD, is Professor, Diversity and Inclusion Officer, and Co-Director of the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program of the College of Information Studies and Co-Director of Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland. He studies the impacts of law and policy on information access […]

Ursula Gorham

Associate Director Ursula Gorham, Ph.D., J.D., is a Lecturer in the College of Information Studies. She is admitted to practice law in Maryland and previously served as a law clerk in Maryland appellate and federal bankruptcy courts. Her research has been published in Government Information Quarterly, Public Library Quarterly, Journal of Education for Library and […]

Beth St. Jean

Associate Director Dr. Beth St. Jean is an Associate Professor in the College of Information Studies (https://ischool.umd.edu/), the Associate Director of the Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC) (http://ipac.umd.edu/), and an affiliate faculty member of the Horowitz Center for Health Literacy (http://sph.umd.edu/center/hchl) at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA (https://www.umd.edu/). Dr. St. Jean holds […]

Morgan Adle

Senior Fellow Morgan has a BA in English Literature and a Master of Library Science from the University of Maryland, College Park. Before coming back to UMD as the MLIS Program Manager, she lived in Korea for 3 years teaching English in public schools and then at Chonnam National University. She also has experience working […]

Courtney Douglass

Junior Fellow Courtney earned her MLIS from UMD’s iSchool in 2017, and is currently pursuing her PhD in information studies. Her experience teaching undergraduate composition and literature courses lead to her research around information literacy including teaching and policy initiatives. Courtney is a strong advocate for librarians embracing and being recognized for their role as […]

Natalie Greene Taylor

Senior Fellow Natalie Greene Taylor, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor and the MLIS Program Coordinator at the University of South Florida’s School of Information. She received her Masters and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies, where she was also a graduate research assistant at the Information Policy & Access Center. Currently, […]

Renee F. Hill

Senior Fellow Dr. Renee F. Hill is Principal Lecturer and Director of the School Library programs at the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies. In this capacity, she teaches courses and provides guidance that prepare graduate students to become librarians in K-12 school settings. Renee earned a Bachelor’s degree in Exceptional Student Education at Florida […]

Kelly M. Hoffman

Junior Fellow

Gagan Jindal

Junior Fellow Gagan Jindal conducts qualitative user research to assess the information behavior of people who have chronic illnesses and actionable strategies to optimize their access to information to help them manage their health. Her current research examines how people with chronic illnesses access information on community resources and the low-fidelity design for a crowdsourced […]

Karen Kettnich

Senior Fellow Karen Kettnich is the managing editor of Library Quarterly and has served as a member of the LQ editorial team for more than ten years.  She has managed for The International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion, for the Advanced in Librarianship book series, and for the South Atlantic Review.  She has worked […]

Jonathan Lazar

Senior Fellow Dr. Jonathan Lazar is a professor in the College of Information Studies (iSchool) at the University of Maryland. Dr. Lazar joined the iSchool in 2019, after 19 years as a professor of computer and information sciences at Towson University, where he served as director of the information systems program for 14 years. Dr. […]

Yuting Liao

Junior Fellow Yuting Liao is a Ph.D. candidate in Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. She leverages both quantitative and qualitative methods to explore human interactions with social technology. Her studies examine the issue of privacy and how people make information disclosure decisions in various socio-technical contexts, from fitness trackers to conversational […]

Kim M. Thompson

Senior Fellow Dr. Kim M. Thompson is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina, College of Information and Communications. Her research focuses on the relationship between information access and social inclusion, using critical and qualitative methods to examine conceptualizations of digital inclusion, information access, and information poverty. Some […]