Research Team

Project Investigators

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Leanne Bowler, Associate Professor,
Director, Sara Fine Institute for Interpersonal Behavior and Technology,
Department of Information Culture and Data Stewardship,
School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh

Email | lbowler [at] pitt.edu
Website | http://www.pitt.edu/~lbowler/

Bio

Leanne Bowler is an Associate Professor and Director of the Sara Fine Institute for Interpersonal Behavior and Technology at the School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, where her teaching and research focuses on young people and their experiences interacting with information, data, and technology. Her research explores the intrapersonal competencies and practices of young people as they use, create, learn, and play in socio-technical environments, as well as the role that their families and out-of-school organizations like libraries play in this arena. She has a Master in Education, a Master in Library Science, and a PhD in from McGill University’s iSchool.

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Amelia Acker, Assistant Professor,
School of Information, University of Texas at Austin

Email | aacker [at] ischool.utexas.edu
Website | http://www.ameliaacker.com/

Bio

Amelia Acker studies the emergence and standardization of new information objects and data traces communication networks. Currently, she is researching data cultures, information infrastructures and digital preservation contexts that support long term cultural memory and literacy. Amelia’s current research program addresses emerging digital traces and mobile computing cultures that are shaped by new data collection practices amongst different kinds of users, designers, technologists, and institutions. Her research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and has been published injournals such as the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST), Archival Science, and the Annals of the History of Computing.

Advisors

Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Assistant Professor,
Department of Media and Communications, The London School of Economics and Political Science

Email | S.P.Gangadharan [at] lse.ac.uk

Bio

Seeta Peña Gangadharan is an Assistant Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Program Fellow at New America's Open Technology Institute (OTI). Her work lies at the intersection of communication policy and social justice. She focuses on the nature of digital inequalities, data and discrimination, social dynamics of technology adoption, communication rights, and media justice.


Heidi Julien
, Professor and Chair,
Department of Library & Information Studies, University at Buffalo

Email | heidijul@buffalo.edu

Bio

Heidi Julien is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Library & Information Studies at the University at Buffalo. She is the former director at the School of Library & Information Studies, University of Alabama. She has taught at the University of Alberta and Dalhousie University in Canada, and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Her research and teaching interests focus on digital literacy and information behavior, as well as research methods. She has served as editor of the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science (CJILS) and on the editorial board of Library & Information Science Research; currently she serves on the editorial board for CJILSand Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Dr. Julien is active in the Association for Information Science & Technology where she has served as chair of SIG USE, and she is a past member of the board of the Association for Library & Information Science Education.

 

Research Assistants

Wei Jeng, PhD Student,
School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh

Bio

Wei Jeng's research explores how people share information, data, and resources in the digital age. Her long-term research goal is to provide insights on improving research infrastructure for scholars in all disciplines, particularly social sciences, humanities and related scholarly communities.


Yu Chi
, PhD Student,
School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh

Bio

Yu Chi’s research mainly focuses on human information behavior and web analytics. Especially, she is interested in how people obtain information and improve knowledge through online information seeking.

 

Kelsey O'Rourke, MLIS student, 
School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh

Bio

Kelsey O'Rourke is seeking her Master in Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree at the University of Pittsburgh, specializing in information technology. Her interests also include data management and youth services in libraries.

 

Tess Wilson, MLIS student, 
School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh

Bio

Tess Wilson earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University and is currently pursuing her MLIS at the University of Pittsburgh. She has worked with children in a variety of disciplines, including creative writing, theater, music, tinkering, and fine art.