Diana Ascher
Diana L. Ascher is a co-founding principal at Stratelligence LLC and a co-founder of the Information Ethics & Equity Institute. She studies how people seek, prioritize, and trust information, often using data visualization to reveal how power and information flow through social networks. She brings more than two decades of experience as an analyst, editor, media director, & information strategist to her work at the intersection of information studies and the fields of behavioral science, finance, higher education, journalism, law, leadership, management, medicine, and public policy. Dr. Ascher earned a Ph.D. in the Department of Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles; an M.B.A. at the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University; and a B.A. in Public Policy from Duke University as a recipient of the Benjamin N. Duke Leadership Scholarship. 


Sarah Barraige
I am a doctoral candidate in the School of Communication & Information at Rutgers University. My research interests include information practices in early childhood, the use of visual research methods in investigating children’s everyday life experiences, and issues of social justice as they relate to research and practice in this area. I have experience teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, in both in-person and online environments.


Gerald Benoit
Prof. Benoit is an experienced professor, teaching undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral classes, spanning retrieval, visualization, programming, web design, statistics, and more. His current research projects include info retrieval and interactive visualization, Critical Theory and civic engagement in the info professions, and impacts of new technologies and services. Conversant in several languages, he is interested in teaching abroad and locally, including academic year visiting appointments. Let’s chat!


Kathy Brennan
I am seeking a tenure-track faculty position to begin my research and teaching career in human information interaction. I am both a scholar and a practitioner, with more than 20 years of experience working in industry prior to entering my doctoral program at UNC Chapel Hill. My dissertation explores the relationships of two cognitive abilities and personal debt-related domain knowledge with users’ search behaviors and experiences. The lab-based study measures three independent variables (perceptual speed ability, memory span ability, and financial knowledge) and three dependent variables (search behaviors, relevance assessments, and mental workload), using methods chosen from first-hand experience and an extensive review of literature. Data collection techniques include psychometric testing, search interaction logging, eye tracking, questionnaires, and stimulated recall interviews. Participants were 48 adult who performed three information search and assessment tasks on the open web. My teaching portfolio thus far consists of 5 different LIS courses (2 masters, 3 undergraduate) that covered required and elective credits for students. I have taught for the past four years and have received positive evaluations from my students and find the teaching experience very rewarding.


Inkyung Choi
INKYUNG CHOI is a PhD candidate at the school of information studies at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She holds a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from ischool at Syracuse University. Her research interests stem from intellectual curiosity about social and cultural pluralistic perspectives, which influence ways of organizing knowledge. Her dissertation research is a mixed method study to investigate in what ways a globalized knowledge organization (KO) system can be adapted to a culturally different regional environment and what are the impacts of sociocultural factors on the adaptation of the system. As a case of the localization of a global classification system, she has investigated the Korean Decimal Classification (KDC), which has served as the Korean national library classification. Her teaching experiences in core courses for information systems & technology and information organization in forms of both face-to-face and online has covered traditional and non-traditional age students either graduate or undergraduate levels.


Nic DePaula
I’m a PhD candidate at the University at Albany, State University of New York. My research is currently on new media communication, in particular how government agencies and politicians communicate via social media. I am broadly interested in the political economic aspects of new media and how the state administers information and communication policies. My work highlights questions of language and interpretation, political control of information and economic drivers of media interaction. I also try to address questions of ethics and justice of the global information age. Expected graduation: August of 2018.


Ersin Dincelli
Ersin Dincelli is a doctoral candidate and an adjunct professor in the Department of Informatics at the University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY). He works as a senior research analyst at the New York State Center for Information Forensics and Assurance focusing on multiple research projects including investigating cultural and socio-psychological impacts on information security and privacy behavior, cognitive biases and phishing, cybersecurity education, and self-organization in the context of complex traffic systems. He received his M.B.A. with a specialization in Information Technology Management from the University at Albany, SUNY and his B.A. in Economics from Uludag University in Turkey. His primary research interests include individual behavior in the context of information security and privacy, privacy-invasive technologies, cybersecurity education, and cross-cultural issues in information systems.


Catherine Dumas
I am currently a PhD Candidate in Information Science and an instructor in the Information Science Department in the College of Engineering & Applied Sciences, University at Albany, State University of New York. My area of research is in computational social science. The title of my Dissertation is “The Dynamics of E-petitioning Behavior in We the People: An Exploration of Online Mobilized Collective Action”. I will complete my doctoral degree in May 2018.  My primary research involves quantitative data collection and analysis using data mining techniques, namely, market basket analysis and social network analysis to gain a better understanding of the impact of e-petitioning (electronic petitioning) as a collective mobilized action having to do with the expression of policy preferences and the way that signing behavior takes place. My research presents e-petitioning as a ubiquitous form of online political action that has emerged as a contemporary and potentially effective way for citizens to communicate with their governments about policy issues and that makes public participation in policy discussions more accessible. Several national democracies provide e-petitioning platforms for their citizens to engage in this new form of political participation. Since 2014, my work has focused on the signing behavior of electronic petitions appearing on the Obama Administration’s electronic petitioning platform, We the People. My doctoral work builds on a study, “Examining political mobilization of online communities through e-petitioning behavior in We the People” (Dumas et al, 2015) published in Big Data & Society that demonstrated that individuals signed e-petitions initiated during a one week period following the Sandy Hook tragedy in strategic ways to support their policy preferences regarding gun control. That study left unanswered questions about whether individuals use the petitioning platform on a more consistent basis to register and express their opinions about policy issues that play out over long periods of time. In addition to my research, I have over five years of teaching experience in the area of Information Science (face-to-face, online and blended). See my website for more information about the courses I have taught: https://sites.google.com/view/catherine-l-dumas/home


Yuanyuan Feng
I am a Ph.D. candidate at Drexel University expected to graduate by the summer of 2018 and currently seeking junior faculty or post-doctoral positions. My research areas include information behavior, human-computer interaction, health & wellness management, library & information services, and digital curation. I have taught multiple graduate-level courses at Drexel University and can teach library & information services, information description & organization, human-computer interaction, web development, digital curation, information systems, and database management.


Katrina Fenlon
I am a doctoral candidate at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I am seeking a tenure-track position. My research focuses on digital collections as fundamental infrastructure for research and scholarly communication. I focus on how collections are modeled, developed, and used for research and dissemination, in order to advance the services and systems built around collections, and to create deeply useful, highly interoperable, and openly accessible platforms for research and learning. More broadly, I study the urgent challenges and opportunities arising from digital collections as one among many new forms in the landscape of scholarly communication. My research has broached digital collections from four different perspectives: Scholar-generated research collections; aggregation of cultural heritage collections from libraries, archives, and museums; scholarly use of digital libraries; and library-based open-access publishing. The goals of my research are to (1) improve research infrastructures and systems that will advance how scholars gather, share, and build upon digital sources of evidence; and (2) inform library and information science theory and practice related to scholarly communication and digital collections, to help ensure a sustainable and broadly impactful future for digital scholarship in the humanities and across disciplines.


Rebecca Frank
Rebecca is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI). Her dissertation research examines the social construction of risk in the audit and certification of trustworthy digital repositories. She also conducts research in the areas of digital preservation, digital curation, and data reuse, focusing on social and ethical barriers that limit or prevent the preservation, sharing, and reuse of digital information. She is currently a Graduate Student Research Assistant on the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) supported Qualitative Data Reuse: Records of Practice in Educational Research and Teacher Development (QDR) project and has previously worked on the IMLS supported Dissemination Information Packages for Information Reuse (DIPIR) project. She has an MSI from the University of Michigan School of Information with a specialization in Preservation of Information, and a BA in Organizational Studies from the University of Michigan. Rebecca’s work has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Australian Academy of Science.


Tim Gorichanaz
Tim Gorichanaz is a PhD candidate in information studies in the College of Computing & Informatics at Drexel University.  His research explores how people build understanding through their experiences with information and documents. Tim’s research areas include document theory, information behavior and philosophy of information, which he explores through the domains of artwork, long-distance running and religious practice. His research has been published in many of the field’s top journals, including Library Trends, Journal of Documentation, Journal of Information Science, and Library & Information Science Research. His paper “Document Phenomenology” was selected as the outstanding paper published in Journal of Documentation in 2016. Recently he received the Litwin Books award for ongoing dissertation research in information studies. Tim’s professional experience includes advertising and teaching English as a second language, and his educational background includes Spanish literature and linguistics. Tim has served as a peer reviewer for Journal of Documentation and other journals, and on committees for ALISE awards and as an ASIS&T SIG officer.  When he is not reading or writing, he enjoys running long distances and learning classical guitar.


Devon Greyson
(PhD, MLIS) Postdoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia. I study what people do with health-related information and when this matters to health and social equity. I most often work with youth, parents/families, clinicians, and the public health system. Qualitative and mixed methodologist; 26 peer-reviewed articles; dual (US/CAN) citizen. http://devongreyson.ca @DevonGreyson


Samantha Kaplan
Sami) Kaplan is a PhD candidate in information and library science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She studies misinformation at the intersection of everyday life and health.


Wade Kelly
I am a PhD candidate at Swinburne University in Melbourne Australia. The focus of my research is community engagement. Simply put, I’m interested in how and why universities and academics engage with community. I’m passionate about knowledge dissemination to non-academic audiences and am excited about the differences institutions can make in communities and society.


Heejun Kim
I am a PhD candidate in Information Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My dissertation study aims to automatically predict the credibility of health information on social media. Along with the rapid increase in the volume of information, information with low credibility such as fake news has adversely affected the information ecosystem. My goal as a scholar is to contribute to solving problems related to credibility. My broad research interests are text mining, information retrieval, health informatics, and human-computer interaction. My background in geographic information science (M.S.) will be an interesting asset to your institute. I have teaching experiences in text mining and programming (Python) as an instructor. Thank you for considering the job interview opportunity.


HyunSeung [“HonSong”] Koh
In May, 2015, I completed my Ph.D. degree in Information Science in the Department of Information and Library Science at Indiana University (IU) Bloomington, with an interdisciplinary minor in Human-Computer Interaction. Currently, I have been involved in library assessment projects at the IU Bloomington Libraries, especially in relation to information literacy.


Dirk Lewandowski
Dirk Lewandowski is a professor of information research and information retrieval at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany. He is the editor of Aslib Journal of Information Management (formerly: Aslib Proceedings), a ISI-ranked information science journal. Dirk Lewandowski studied library science at the School of Library Science in Stuttgart, as well as philosophy, information science, and media studies at Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf. He received his Ph.D. from that university in 2005. Dirk has published extensively in the areas of Web information retrieval, search engine user behaviour and the role that search engines play in society. His work has been published in some of the leading information science journals, including JASIST, Journal of Information Science and Journal of Documentation. Dirk has served as an expert to, among others, the High Court of Justice (UK) and the Deutscher Bundestag (German Parliament). He has been named an ACM Distinguished Speaker in 2016. Prof. Lewandowski authored and edited several books on search engines, including “Suchmaschinen verstehen” (Springer, 2015) and “Web Search Engine Research” (Emerald Group Publishing, 2012), as well as a series of German-language handbooks on search.


Xiaofeng Li
Xiaofeng Li is a PhD candidate at Rutgers University in the area of Library and Information Science with ABD status. Her dissertation examines young people’s information practices and collaborations in informal learning environments, especially makerspaces in school libraries and public libraries.


Mahdi Najafabadi
I am a Ph.D. candidate in University at Albany (SUNY), with a MPA/MBA and Software Engineering background. My thesis is on Modeling Open Data Ecosystem and I am graduating on either May or August 2018. My research interests include: Managing Information and Information Technology (IT) in Sociotechnical Systems; Strategic Planning and Policy Making for Sustainable Development; Application of Innovative Technologies to Reduce Social Gaps; Computer Modeling and Simulation for Policy Analysis and Learning Purposes; Social Media, and Social/Organizational Network Analysis; and Enterprise IT Projects Success and Failure Modes. I started teaching since my first semester in the Ph.D. program, after I put together the syllabus and curricula for an undergraduate IT Project Management course which complies with the popular project management and IT service management frameworks, such as PMBOK, SDLC, and ITIL v3.0. And for the most part, I taught this course in several semesters, in both face-to-face and online setting. My 7+ years of IT Management experience in the private sector helped me be an effective instructor for the Information Science classes such as the IT Project Management. For more information, please refer to my webpage here: http://www.albany.edu/faculty/mahdi


Sarah Beth Nelson
Sarah Beth is a doctoral candidate in the School of Information and Library Studies at the University of North Carolina. She holds an EdS with a focus on school library media from the University of Georgia and an MLIS from the University of Alabama. Sarah Beth has worked as both a public and school librarian. Her research interest is oral information practices, with the focus of her dissertation being the reality storytelling movement.


Danielle Pollock
Danielle Pollock is a doctoral candidate in the College of Communication and Information at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her research focuses on the information behaviors of scientists, scholars, and practitioners in research-intensive environments. Her interests include the diffusion of information innovations, data sharing and management, team science, and the role of disciplinary and professional values in shaping information technologies and behaviors. Her dissertation project uses a mixed-method approach to examine the adoption of innovations for information sharing and communication by practitioners in research-intensive health care environments. She has taught courses on topics ranging from web design to environmental data management to the interactions of race, gender and information technologies. Danielle has a master’s degree in Information Science and Learning Technologies from the University of Missouri and professional experience providing library and information services to organizations including Sandia National Laboratories and the Missouri Department of Transportation.


Frances Ryan
Ryan is a doctoral student at Edinburgh Napier University’s School of Computing (Scotland). She is an American native from a rural community in the mountains of Washington State, currently living in Scotland. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Central Washington University (USA) and a Master of Letters in Media and Culture (with distinction) from the University of Stirling (Scotland).Frances’ research interests include social media use and behaviours, online reputation and identity, everyday life information seeking and behaviours, and digital information sharing. She is interested in collaborations on these (and related) interests. Frances is also keen to discuss opportunities for post-doctoral research projects based on the output of PhD thesis or similar themes. (PhD expected in 2018.)


Madelyn Sanfilippo
Madelyn R. Sanfilippo is as a postdoctoral Research Scholar at the Information Law Institute at New York University. Her research fundamentally addresses legal, social, and political issues surrounding information and information technology access, applying a social informatics perspective, particularly as it relates to unequal outcomes regarding interactions between policies, institutions, and information. She studied Political Science, International Studies, Spanish, and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison as an undergraduate and completed her masters and doctoral studies in Information Science at Indiana University, Bloomington’s School of Informatics and Computing.


Fei Shu
Fei Shu is a PhD candidate in the School of Information Studies at McGill University. His research interests focus on bibliometrics, scholarly communication and research evaluation, but he also works on various research projects in information visualization, information organization, and social media. During his doctoral studies, he has published more than 30 refereed publications and received more than 100,000 USD research funding. He is the iFellow funded by Andrew W. Mellon Foundations.


Leslie Thomson
I am a fifth-year doctoral candidate researching everyday life information practices–specifically creating and sharing–in the context of serious beauty and lifestyle YouTube. I use multiple data sources to investigate my phenomena of interest, including textual and audio content, semi-structured interviews, and audiovisual content. My dissertation, a constructivist grounded theory study to be completed in early Fall 2018, considers the following questions: What are serious beauty and lifestyle YouTubers’ personal and/or professional information practices, and how do these fit or work together in relation to their YouTube uploading? What activities and resources are entailed in their YouTube-related information/content creating practice specifically? How do their information practices shift with time, over the course of their leisure/work careers? How do they ideate or find inspiration for their videos? How do they navigate a novel field of work and assume roles as informal information providers? My research will expand our field’s current knowledge of information creating and open avenues for research about the place of ‘citizen experts’ in information-source horizons. It will also beget an understanding of how information practices shift as people transition hobbies to amateur or work pursuits, and add to ‘positive information science’ and information practices movements. Practically, it will point to ways in which information services can better support amateur and nascently professional new media creators, and to ways in which information services, systems, and sharing may be enhanced for other communities.


Mei Zhang
I am a Ph.d candidate in Library Science at the Information School at University of Wisconsin-Madison. My research interests focus on examining the interrelationships between libraries and publishing industry in the production, selection and purchase of packaged electronic products (e-journals and e-books). My dissertation studies the complex decision-making process used by academic librarians to purchase e-book products, and compares that to other process theories of decision making. I have published three peer-review journal articles, and the fourth one is in the stage of ‘revise and resubmit’.I have extensive teaching experience in different instructional roles and modes, and I was named as a Teaching Fellow as a recognition of my outstanding teaching performance