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Discussing diversity issues in academic isolation becomes an echo chamber if you don’t have a place to actively apply your learning. For that reason, in the Spring of 2017, students in INLS 584 (Information Ethics – graduate level), 384 (Information and Computer Ethics – undergraduate level), INLS 690-197 (Information Services in a Diverse Society), and INLS 739 (Information Services for Specific Populations) collaborated to host the 1st Annual SILS Symposium for Social Good. Topics included:

  • Ethics of Confidential Communications
  • Social Media and Digital Activism
  • Barriers to Inclusive Public Library Service
  • Libraries as a Platform for Activist Work by Youth
  • Cultural Bias in Search Algorithms
  • Virtual Private Networks in China
  • Biopolitics, the State, and Health Information Access
  • And more . . .

The 2nd Annual SILS Symposium for Social Good focused on social justice issues related to information and library science broadly. It featured poster presentations from students in 384 (Information and Computer Ethics – undergraduate level) and panel discussions from students in INLS 690-197 (Information Services in a Diverse Society).

The 2019 SILS Symposium for Social Good’s theme is “Reflect. Reimagine. Rebuild.” Additional information will be provided in the near future.

2019 Organizers

Dr. Amelia GibsonAmelia N. Gibson (she/her/hers) is an Assistant Professor at SILS. She is the instructor for INLS: 690-230: Disability Informatics & Information. 

Dr. Gibson’s primary research interests center on health information behavior, and local communities and places as information systems. She is particularly interested in the effects of place, space, and community on the information worlds, information behavior, information needs, and information access of various populations. Her current work focuses on information poverty and how intersections of identity, place, space, and social and economic power/privilege influence information access and information behavior.


Dr. Sandra Hughes-HassellSandra Hughes-Hassell (she/her/hers) is a Professor at SILS. She is the instructor for INLS 690-197: Information Services in a Diverse Society.

In her current research, Dr. Hughes-Hassell focuses on social justice issues in youth library services, diverse youth literature, and culturally responsive pedagogy. She has written and presented extensively on culturally relevant pedagogy, critical race theory, and the role of libraries in serving youth of color. Her most recent book is Libraries, Literacy, and African American Youth (Libraries Unlimited, 2017) which she co-edited with Pauletta B. Bracy and Casey H. Rawson. She is also President Elect of the Young Adult Library Services Association.


Dr. Maggie MeloMarijel (Maggie) Melo (she/her/hers) is an Assistant Professor at SILS. She is the instructor for 584-001: Information Ethics.

Maggie Melo recently completed her PhD at the University of Arizona, where she was an American Association of University Women Fellow. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in portal: Libraries and the Academy, Hybrid Pedagogy, and Computers and Composition Online. She co-founded the University of Arizona’s first publicly accessible and interdisciplinary makerspace – iSpace – and strategically facilitated its growth from a 400-square-foot room in the Science-Engineering Library to a 5,000-square-foot facility soon to be housed in the University’s Main Library. She also founded the Women Techmakers Tucson Hackathon, the Southwest’s first women’s-only hackathon. She has given keynote addresses and invited-talks at regional and national conferences, including the Google Developer Group’s North American Summit.


Dr. Dianne MartinDianne Martin (she/her/hers) is the Senior Faculty Fellow of the NC Study Center. She is the instructor for 384-001: Information and Computer Ethics (undergraduate level).

Dr. C. Dianne Martin is a retired professor emeritus of computer science from the George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science. Dr. Martin served as Chair of the ACM Special Interest Group on Computers and Society (SIGCAS) and led a national task force to develop the standards for teaching ethics in computer science. She is a Fellow of the ACM, and in 2005 she received the Association of Women in Computing Augusta Ada Lovelace Award, awarded nationally to an outstanding woman in the computer field. Dr. Martin received seven outstanding teaching awards from the GW Engineer’s Council as well as the university-wide GW Bender Teaching Award in 2005. She continues to teach courses in information and computer ethics and information policy.


Laura March

Laura March (she/her/hers) is a PhD practicum student assisting Dr. Gibson with INLS: 690-230: Disability Informatics & Information.

Laura March is a doctoral student and Asheim Fellow at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Sciences. Laura is an instructional designer, trainer, and web developer with more than ten years of experience designing accessible online environments and teaching virtually. Prior to starting her PhD, Laura worked at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Carolina Office for Online Learning, American University‘s Center for Teaching, Research & Learning in Washington, D.C. and the Pennsylvania State University’s Education Technology Services. She received an MS in Art Education and an MEd in Instructional Systems. Her research interests include universal design (for learning and for the web), educational technology, digital and visual culture, and online learning. Laura enjoy painting friends and family in the style of famous works of art, trivia games, and eating far too much pizza.