Teaching Information Policy, or The Thing that Affects Virtually Every Aspect of Information About Which People Often Forget (SIG/ED)

August 27, 2014

As the Internet has become a ubiquitous part of daily life, the amount of information policy has proliferated from governments at all levels.

Information access, storage, use, management, and other aspects are governed by an ever more complex set of laws, regulations, and other types of policy instruments. All information professionals need to be aware of information policy issues – including security, privacy, intellectual property, and access – and these issues can be explored through courses devoted to the subject or by incorporating them into education about other subjects. This webinar will discuss ways in which to teach:

  • The nature and sources of information policy;
  • The variety and scope of information policies;
  • Connections between policy and professional activities;
  • Roles of policy in different information institutions;
  • Measurement and evaluation of the impacts of policy; and
  • Advocacy for better policy.

The instructors of this webinar have taught and co-taught a wide range of courses and classes on information policy topics in both academic and professional venues.


Paul T. Jaeger
P. JaegerPaul T. Jaeger, PhD, JD, is Associate Professor and Diversity Officer of the College of Information Studies and is Co-Director of the Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland. The author of 12 books and more than 150 journal articles and book chapters, his work focuses on the impacts of policy on information access.

Ursula Gorham
U. GorhamUrsula Gorham is a doctoral candidate in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland and a Graduate Research Associate at the Information Policy & Access Center. In addition to being a licensed attorney in Maryland, she holds graduate degrees in library science and public policy. Her research focuses on collaborations among libraries, government agencies and non-profit organizations to meet community information needs.

Natalie Taylor
N. TaylorNatalie Taylor is a doctoral candidate at the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, where she also received her Masters of Library Science. She is a Graduate Research Associate at the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) and has published articles in Library & Information Science Research, Public Library Quarterly, and Information Polity, among others. A co-author of the book Digital Literacy and Digital
Inclusion: Information Policy and the Public Library, her research focuses on young people’s access to digital information.

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