Emily Knox is an assistant professor in the School of Information Sciences 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. She is also a member of the Mapping Information Access research team. Emily recently edited Trigger Warnings: History, Theory Context, published by Rowman & Littlefield. Her previous book, Book Banning in 21st Century America, was also published by Rowman & Littlefield and 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. Emily serves on the boards of the Freedom to Read Foundation, National Coalition Against Censorship, and Beta Phi Mu and is the treasurer of the Information Ethics and Policy SIG.
When I inform colleagues and students that they should consider joining ASIS&T I am sometimes met with skeptical looks. “What do they do? How will joining benefit me?” ASIS&T has many pathways to involvement—I have found my time as treasurer of the Information Ethics and Policy SIG rewarding—but we must do more. If elected to the board of directors my primary goal would be to continue the implementation of the strategic plan for 2015-2020, especially Goal 1: Membership and Goal 4: Publicity/Outreach/Advocacy. We have made notable progress with initiatives such as the Diversity and Inclusion Luncheon in 2016 and the wide array of groups, communications, and outreach initiatives in recent years but, as we move into our 80th year, it is imperative that we continually focus on the health of the association and its value to both current and potential members.