About Us


Joyce Latham

Assistant Professor
Director of the Public Library Leadership Concentration


PhD, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
MLS, University of Maryland
BA., College of Notre Dame of Maryland


Latham comes to LIS education after an extended career in libraries. With a background in cataloging and technical services, she became closely involved with retrospective conversion and automation projects. She was the head of Automated Services for the Southern Maryland Regional Library and worked on the development of the statewide Sailor Project. From there she went to Chicago Public Library as the head of Information Technology. After three years at the University of Illinois studying the social influences on the development of intellectual freedom in public libraries, she went to upstate New York as a library / public library system director. With the completion of her dissertation she came to the School of Information Studies, where she specializes in public libraries, intellectual freedom and library history. Latham’s revisionary research focus in on the activist role of librarians in the development of culture.

Others in the Research Team

Dr. Renee Kapusniak


MS Education Elementary N-6th Grade Early Childhood Emphasis Nazareth College
Teacher Certification New York State SUNY Potsdam
BA. Psychology SUNY Potsdam

Research Interests

Human-Computer Interaction
Information Literacy
Information Retrieval
Social Tagging
User Studies

Dr. Jennifer Thiele


MLIS, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
BS, Psychology and Human Development, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Research Interests

Information Policy
Intellectual Freedom
Access of Information
Technology Use in Information Poor Areas
Jail/Prison Literacy and Recidivism
Public Libraries and Outreach

Doctoral Students

Adriana McCleer


MA, Library and Information Science, University of Arizona
BA, Spanish, Edgewood College

Research Interests

Information Policy
Information Access
Multicultural Studies
Public Libraries

Shannon Crawford Barniskis


MLIS, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
BS, Philosophy, Library and Information Science minor, University of Wisconsin-Superior

Research Interests

Creative Spaces and Collaboration
Information Access
Social Justice
Information Policy
Public Libraries


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