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. Prior to becoming Research Affilliate, Jo was a Graduate Research Assistant for the CI Lab's IMLS-funded Measuring Library Broadband Networks project.
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.
Malana is a graduate student in the Simmons iSchool. She received her B.A. in Ethnic Studies from Brown University in 2019. While there, she founded and curated the university’s first zine collection and served as the women’s center librarian. She is passionate about racial, gender, and disability justice and how they intersect with digital equity. You can find her @RadLibGirl on Twitter.
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.
Colin Rhinesmith, Ph.D.
Rhinesmith’s research is focused on the social, community, and policy aspects of information and communication technology (ICT), particularly in areas related to digital inclusion and broadband adoption. This interdisciplinary critical approach includes examining the ways in which individuals and families with marginalized identities access and use ICTs in community settings, such as public libraries and community technology centers. Rhinesmith’s work builds upon community and social informatics, information policy research, and critical approaches to library and information science. Rhinesmith is affiliated with the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry, as a member of its Scholar’s Council. Previously, Rhinesmith was a Google Policy Fellow and an Adjunct Research Fellow with New America’s Open Technology Institute. 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. To learn more, visit: https://crhinesmith.com
Jie (Jae) Jiang
Jie (Jae) Jiang is a current Phd student in the School of Library and Information Science at Simmons University. Graduated in 2018, Jae earned her M.L.I.S degree from the University of Pittsburgh with an individual track in Digital Stewardship. Jae’s doctoral research area of interest primarily focuses on Research Data Management (RDM), Health Information Behaviors, and Open Government Data (OGD).