Dr. Shannon Oltmann
University of Kentucky
Shannon Oltmann is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information Science at the University of Kentucky. Her research interests include censorship, intellectual freedom, information policy, public libraries, privacy, and qualitative research methods. She has presented her research at academic conferences such as the Information Ethics Roundtable, the Annual Conference of the Association for Information Science & Technology, the iConference, and the International Congress on Qualitative Inquiry. Her work has been published in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Library Quarterly, Public Libraries Quarterly, Collection Management, Libri, and Library and Information Science Research.


Dr. John Burgess,
University of Alabama


Dr. Emily Knox,
University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign
Emily is an assistant professor in the School of Information Sciences (the iSchool, formerly GSLIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include information access, intellectual freedom and censorship, information ethics, information policy, and the intersection of print culture and reading practices. Emily’s book, Book Banning in 21st Century America was published by Rowman & Littlefield in January 2015. It is the first monograph in the Beta Phi Mu Scholars’ Series. Emily received her Ph.D. from the doctoral program at the Rutgers University School of Communication & Information. Her master’s in library and information science is from the iSchool at Illinois. She also holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Smith College and an A.M. in the same field from The University of Chicago Divinity School.


Dr. A.J. Million
Drury University


Dr. Alan Rubel
University of Wisconsin – Madison
Alan Rubel is an associate professor in the iSchool and in the Legal Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He works on issues surrounding privacy and surveillance, intellectual freedom, intellectual property, and transparency. He received his JD and PhD (philosophy) from the University of Wisconsin and served as a law clerk to Justice Ann Walsh Bradley of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Before joining the faculty at UW, he was a Greenwall Fellow in Bioethics and Health Policy at Georgetown and Johns Hopkins Universities.

Cabinet Representative

Dr. Kristene Unsworth
Drexel University

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