The Journal of Information Literacy is pleased to announce the appointment of three new board members:
Dr Lauren Smith: Dr Lauren Smith is Senior Liaison Librarian at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, where she provides subject support for Psychology, Sociology, Mad Studies, Education, Media, Communication and Performing Arts. In this role she also leads a postgraduate module in Digital Literacies. Lauren’s doctoral research at the University of Strathclyde focused on young people’s political information engagement and the role of information literacy. She has continued her research agenda in areas relating to access, equity and inclusion using critical and evidence informed approaches in a range of areas including widening participation, social care and services, online learning and self-censorship.
Dr Noora Hirvonen: Dr Noora Hirvonen is an assistant professor in AI literacies at the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Oulu in Finland and also holds the title of docent (adjunct professor) in health communication at the Faculty of Medicine at the same university. Her research focuses on information (literacy) practices in everyday life, specifically in health-related settings, and currently centers the ways artificial intelligence technologies mediate such practices. Most of her research has been cross-disciplinary and she is familiar with both quantitative and qualitative research approaches.
Veronica Arellano Douglas: Veronica Arellano Douglas is the Instruction Coordinator at the University of Houston Libraries, where she leads a team of teaching librarians and works with faculty and students to incorporate information literacy into the undergraduate curriculum. Veronica received her MLS from the University of North Texas and a BA in English from Rice University. Her research interests include critical information literacy, critically reflective pedagogy, relational-cultural theory and its application to feminist library work, and constructions of librarian identity in higher education. Veronica is a proud alumnus of the ALA Spectrum Scholarship Program and is currently a facilitator for the ACRL Immersion Program, an intensive teaching-focused learning experience for librarians.
You can find the complete list of current and past JIL editors on the Information Literacy Group website.
In addition, to fill a newly formed position, we have appointed a Statistician/Bibliometrician:
Rebecca Wojturska: Rebecca is the Open Access Publishing Officer at the University of Edinburgh, where she manages a journal and book hosting service for staff, students and external partners. Previously she has worked in academic publishing, at Edinburgh University Press and the Royal Society of Chemistry. Follow her on Twitter.