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Diane Rasmussen Pennington

Women's Coalition Co-Chair

University of Strathclyde

Dr. Diane Rasmussen Pennington is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Information Science and the Course Director for the MSc Information and Library Studies in the iSchool at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. She leads the iSchool’s Information Engagement research group, which broadly investigates what people do with information as well as what information does to people.

Her own research areas include user behaviours on social media, digital consumer health information, and the authority of information sources. She has edited two books: Social media for academics: A practical guide and Indexing and retrieval of non-text information as well as co-edited Social tagging in a linked data environment. She has delivered over 80 presentations and published more than 40 works in top information science journals. She teaches classes in the organisation of knowledge, cataloguing and classification, and library technology systems.

She is Chair of the Metadata and Discovery Group (MDG) of the UK’s Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). She serves on the Standing Committee for the IFLA Section on Education & Training. For ASIS&T, she is a past Director-at-Large, as well as a past chair of SIG VIS, SIG CR, and the European Chapter. She has served as Vice President and President of the Canadian Association for Information Science/L’Association canadienne des sciences de l’information (CAIS/ACSI). She is particularly excited about co-chairing the iSchool Women’s Coalition for the incredible opportunity to support other women in information science and promoting all their amazing talents!

Meghan Harper

Women's Coalition Co-Chair

Kent State University

Dr. Meghan Harper is the Director and Professor in the Schools of Information at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Dr. Harper serves as the Coordinator of the School Library program in the School of Information and currently teaches four courses in the area of Youth Services in the School of Information. Dr. Harper is co-director of the Virginia Hamilton Multicultural Literature Conference, the longest running national conference of its kind.

Dr. Harper earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, a Master of Library Science, and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Kent State University. Dr. Harper has held administrative positions of Assistant Curriculum Director, Director of Technology and Libraries, and as a school librarian at levels K-12. 

Her research areas include school library administration, assessment and evaluation, ethic of care, trauma informed care, multiliteracies and informational non-fiction print and non-print resources, and bibliotherapy. She is the author of Reference Sources and Services for Youth (Neal-Schuman, 2011) and the forthcoming Cataloging for School Librarians (ALA Editions, 2019), and Guide to 21st Century Literacies (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019) and the 2nd Edition of Reference Sources and Services, ALA Editions, 2019  along with numerous articles, book chapters, reviews, and the Church and Synagogue Library Association Guide Helping Those Who Hurt. She has been an invited speaker at numerous state and national conferences, as well as internationally in Doha, Qatar, and Tokyo, Japan.

Sanda Erdelez

Temporary Ex-Oficio Member

Simmons University

Dr. Sanda Erdelez is a Professor and Director at Simmons University School of Library and Information Science. She received her LL.B. and LL.M degrees from the University of Osijek Law School (Croatia) and Ph.D. in information transfer from Syracuse University. She was also a faculty member at the University of Missouri, University of Texas at Austin and University of Osijek.

Dr. Erdelez is a former Fulbright Scholar and recipient of The Texas Excellence Teaching Award and The ALISE Pratt-Severn Faculty Innovation Award. Her research interests include human information behavior, human-computer interaction and usability evaluation in online environments. She has been internationally recognized for her pioneering research in the areas of information encountering and opportunistic discovery of information. Her research has received funding from both corporate and government sources including Dell Inc., SBC Communication, Texas State Government, and NSF. She is an active member of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), where she has served in numerous leadership roles including the chair of Special Interest Group on Information Seeking and Use (SIG USE) and member of the ASIS&T Board of Directors. In 2015, Dr. Erdelez received the Outstanding Contribution to Information Behavior Research Award from SIG USE and also became a member of the SIG USE Academy of Fellows. She is the incoming chair of the iSchools Organization.

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