Dr. Colin Rhinesmith, Assistant Professor, Simmons University School of Library and Information Science
Dr. Martin Wolske, Teaching Assistant Professor, School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Melinda Carr, Graduate Research Assistant, Simmons University School of Library and Information Science
Madison Bishop, Graduate Research Assistant, Simmons University School of Library and Information Science
Colin Rhinesmith is an assistant professor in the Simmons University School of Library and Information Science.
Rhinesmith’s research and teaching interests are focused on the social, community, and policy aspects of information and communication technology, particularly in areas related to digital inclusion and broadband adoption.
Rhinesmith’s work has appeared in several scholarly journals, including: Government Information Quarterly; Information, Communication & Society; International Journal of Communication; Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults; Telecommunications Policy, and Public Library Quarterly.
He has been a Google Policy Fellow and an adjunct research fellow with New America’s Open Technology Institute in Washington, D.C. He was also a faculty research fellow with the Benton Foundation and a faculty associate with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.
Rhinesmith has been nationally recognized for his contributions to the fields of digital equity and community technology. His work has been mentioned by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Communications Commission, PBS MediaShift, and the MacArthur Foundation’s Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning, and he was awarded the Buske Leadership Award from the Alliance for Community Media.
Rhinesmith received his Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was an Institute of Museum and Library Services-funded Information in Society Fellow and a Research Scholar with the Center for Digital Inclusion.
Since coming to GSLIS in 1995 to work on issues of digital access and equity, Martin Wolske has served a range of boundary spanning roles facilitating community collaborations, shepherding engagement projects, developing innovative technical resources, and advocating system change. Working at the intersection of critical and feminist theories of technology, constructivism, sociotechnical systems, and community informatics, his research and teaching interests focus particularly on engagement pedagogy; popular education approaches to digital media literacy training; and participatory, evidence-based design of public computing spaces to support community inquiry.
Martin is principal investigator of the Digital Literacy for ALL Learners project funded by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. He is the recipient of numerous community awards for service; the Library Journal Magazine’s 2011 Teacher of the Year award; and the 2013 University of Illinois Campus Award for Excellence in Public Engagement.
Melinda Carr is a second year master’s student at Simmons School of Library and Information Science. She graduated from the University of Alabama in 2016 with degrees in Anthropology and Psychology and a minor in the Blount Undergraduate Initiative, a liberal arts program. She has worked as a research assistant at Alabama and Oklahoma State, researching everything concerning social dynamics such as aggression in adolescents and cognitive emotive neuroscience. She became interested in rural libraries as a teenager volunteering at her local library in north Alabama. She is currently a library assistant at the Public Library of Brookline, Massachusetts and a graduate assistant for Dr. Colin Rhinesmith. Her research interests include community outreach in public libraries and the public’s perception of libraries.
Madison Bishop is a second-year master’s student at Simmons School of Library and Information Science. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2015 with a degree in Comparative American Studies. Her undergraduate honors thesis, “Taking Up Space: Community Formation Among Non-Urban LGBTQ Youth,” addresses issues of resource allocation and community-building among LGBTQ youth in Northeastern Ohio. She is currently a research assistant for “At the Edges of the National Digital Platform,” a project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Her research interests include rural libraries, LGBTQ youth, and Internet accessibility in rural communities.