Amelia Gibson

Assistant Professor, UNC School of Information and Library Science
919/962-0033
angibson@email.unc.edu
Manning Hall 205
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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Faculty Expertise:

Health information behavior, information access and poverty, place-based communities and information practices, information worlds, information needs and practices of individuals with disabilities

Education: 
BA, Dartmouth College
MS (Library and Information Studies), Florida State University
PhD (Information Studies, Minor in Geography), Florida State University

Biography:
Dr. Amelia 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.

Dr. Gibson is an assistant professor in the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS). She earned her PhD and MLIS from Florida State University in Tallahassee, and her AB from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. 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.

Courses Regularly Taught: 
​INLS 500: Human Information Interactions
INLS 584: Information Ethics (master's level)
INLS 690-230: Information Exchange/Seeking in Local/Place-Based Communities
INLS 581: Research Methods Overview
INLS 781: Master’s Paper Proposal Development
INLS 690: Local Contexts and Information Behavior
ILNS 691H: Undergraduate Honors Thesis Development/Research Methods

Awards and Recognition:
2017 REMCo Roadbuilders Award (Library Education), North Carolina Library Association
2017 Kilgour Research Award (Funded Grant)
2017 Junior Faculty Development Award (Funded Grant)
2014 Outstanding Dissertation Award, Florida State University College of Communication and Information

Selected Publications:
Gibson, A. N., Hughes-Hassell, S., & Threats, M. (2017). Critical theory in the LIS curriculum. In J. Percell, L. Sarin, P. Jaeger, & J. Bertot (Eds.), Advances in Librarianship Volume 42, Re-Envisioning the MLIS: Perspectives on the Future of Library and Information Science Education. Emerald

Gibson, A. N., Cooke, N. A., Chancellor, R., Dahlen, S., Lee, S., & Shorish, Y. (2017). Libraries on the frontlines: Neutrality and social justice. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, 36(8), 751-766. doi: 10.1108/EDI-11-2016-0100

Gibson, A. N., & Hanson-Baldauf, D. (2017). More than Accessibility: Social and Critical Frameworks for Exploring Marginalization of People with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Short paper presented at SIG USE Symposium 2017. Retrieved from https://siguse.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/2017_sigusesym_0216_gibson.pdf.

Gibson, A. N., & Hughes-Hassell, S. (2017). We Will Not Be Silent: Amplifying Marginalized Voices in LIS Education and Research. The Library Quarterly87(4), 317-329.

Gibson, A. N., Kaplan, S., & Vardell, E. (2017). A Survey of Information Source Preferences of Parents of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 47(7), 2189-2204. doi:10.1007/s10803-017-3127-z

Gibson, A. N. (2017). Place, community and information behavior: Spatially oriented information seeking zones and information source preferences. Library and Information Science Research, 39(2), 131-139.

Gibson, A. N. (2016). Building a Progressive-Situational Model of Post-Diagnosis Information Seeking for Parents of Individuals With Down Syndrome. Global Qualitative Nursing Research, 3. https://doi.org/10.1177/2333393616680967

Gibson, A., & Kaplan, S. J. (November, 2015). A family like ours: Demographic variations in information seeking behavior and community participation among parents of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In Proceedings of the 78th ASIS&T Annual Meeting: Information Science with Impact: Research in and for the Community (p. 60). (Poster/Short Paper) http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pra2.2015.145052010060

Gibson, A. N. (2014). A better place? Factors in community assessment for parents of children with Down syndrome. In Proceedings of the 77th Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology, Volume 51, Seattle, WA.

Book Chapters:

​Gibson, A. N., Hughes-Hassell, S., & Threats, M. Critical theory in the LIS curriculum. Advances in Librarianship Volume 42, Re-Envisioning the MLIS: Perspectives on the Future of Library and Information Science Education. Emerald.

Kazmer, M. M., Gibson, A. N., & Shannon, K. (2013). Perceptions and experiences of e-learning among on-campus students. In A. Sigal (Ed.), Advancing library education: Technological innovation and instructional design (pp.45-64). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-3688-0

Presentations and Posters:

Hawkins, B., Costello, K., Veinot, T., Gibson, A., & Greyson, D. (2017). Health information behavior research with marginalized populations. Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 54(1), 562-565.
Gibson, A. N., & Threats, M. (January, 2017). Healthy Girls Know: Young Black Women and Personal Geographies of Information Seeking. Poster session presented at the meeting of the Association for Library and Information Science Education, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Chancellor, R., Cooke, N., Dahlen, S., Gibson, A. N., Patin, B., & Southerland, T. (presented 2017, January). What Everyday Terrorism Tells Us About Social Responsibility in LIS. Panel Presentation at the Association for Library and Information Science Education, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

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