Graduate Research Assistant, Community Informatics Lab, Simmons University School of Library and Information Science
Jo received a BA in Comparative Literature from Bryn Mawr College and is working towards a dual Master’s degree in Archives and History at Simmons. They have been passionate about digital stewardship and public access to information since their summer as a Digital Humanities Intern at the Library Company of Philadelphia. Jo continues to pursue the development of open and equitable access to information in this and other projects.
Susan Kennedy, MLIS
Project Coordinator, Community Informatics Lab, Simmons University School of Library and Information Science
Susan is the Project Coordinator for the Community Informatics Lab at the iSchool @ Simmons University. Susan received her MLIS from Simmons University and BA in Philosophy and Music from Bennington College. She is excited about the intersection of community informatics research and public librarianship, especially how public libraries and their communities can support digital equity and inclusion, information and civic literacy, and combating disinformation. You can follow her at @smklibrarian and LinkedIn.
Colin Rhinesmith, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director, Community Informatics Lab, 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 focused on digital equity and social justice.
Rhinesmith’s work has appeared in several scholarly journals, including: Information, Communication & Society; Government Information Quarterly; International Journal of Communication; Media, Culture & Society; and Telecommunications Policy.
Rhinesmith has been a Google Policy Fellow and an Adjunct Research Fellow with New America’s Open Technology Institute. From 2017-2020, he was a member of the City of Boston’s Digital Equity Fund Council. 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.
Co-chair, Community Informatics Research Network (CIRN) Annual Conference
Vanessa Rhinesmith is the Co-chair of the Community Informatics Research Network (CIRN), an annual conference hosted at the Monash University Prato Centre in Italy. She is also the Review Editor for the Journal of Community Informatics. She has an MBA, with a focus on organizational behavior, from Simmons School of Management (MA), BA in Marketing from Fairfield University (CT), and worked as a social worker in Chicago’s South and West Side. Ms Rhinesmith is currently exploring intersectional feminist approaches to information and technology as it intersects with advocacy, policy, and international relations.