Amelia Gibson, Assistant Professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), is one of 10 faculty members selected for the seventh class of Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars (FES).
Every other year, the FES program brings together Carolina faculty members from various fields across campus for an experiential, competency-based curriculum, designed to further their scholarship while allow them to understanding and engage with the community through scholarly efforts.
Gibson, along with other scholars, will develop projects in partnership with community programs such as the North Carolina Treatment program and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network to help implement therapeutic practices and advance research methodology.
Gibson studies health, wellness, and information practices and access in local communities and on the internet. She is particularly interested in the effects of place, space, power, and community on information worlds, information behavior, information needs, and information access. Her current work focuses on information poverty and marginalization, and how intersections of identity, place, space, and social and economic power/privilege influence information access and information behavior among young women of color and people with disabilities.
Gibson earned her PhD and MLIS from Florida State University. Prior to joining the SILS faculty, she was a research associate at the Information Use Management and Policy Institute, where she studied issues related to rural communities and e-government, and broadband adoption through community anchor institutions.
The FES program is sponsored by the Carolina Center for Public Service and since beginning in 2007, it has resulted in interdisciplinary collaborations, and successful grant applications while continues to foster strong university-community relationships.