Dr. Micah Altman is Director of Research and Head/Scientist, Program on Information Science for the MIT Libraries, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Previously Dr. Altman served as a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution, and at Harvard University as the Associate Director of the Harvard-MIT Data Center, Archival Director of the Henry A. Murray Archive, and Senior Research Scientist in the Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences.
Dr Altman conducts work primarily in the fields of social science, information privacy, information science and research methods, and statistical computation -- focusing on the intersections of information, technology, privacy, and politics; and on the dissemination, preservation, reliability and governance of scientific knowledge. Read more about Micah Altman
Chassanoff is a recent graduate of the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her dissertation examines the information experiences of historians using digitized archival photographs as evidence. Her broad research interests concern the creation, transmission, and reception of scholarly knowledge in the digital age, and the ways in which infrastructures can support emerging practices. Read more about Alexandra Chassanoff
Richard "Rick" Landau holds a Masters (ABD) in statistics from Princeton, and has had long and varied experience with many types and many aspects of computer systems, computer languages, networks, and architectures.
He has lead the development of numerous public computing standards through DEC, Dell and DMTF, and holds two patents.
Zachary Lizee is a graduate student in the Simmons College Library and Information Science program. Zachary will be graduating in December 2016 with a MS from Simmons. Previously, Zachary studied Italian Renaissance socio-political patronage networks and the effects of political power networks on the recording of historical events during the Italic Wars (1494-1530). Zachary wishes to use his experiences as a researcher to aid and facilitate libraries and their staff in increasing information literacy skills and electronic resources skills with the goal of increasing user accessibility and comprehension.
Carol Witt is a student at the School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College, from which she will receive her Master of Science in January 2017. She has a Master of Arts from the University of Toronto’s Centre for Medieval Studies, an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Mediaeval and Celtic Studies from the University of Toronto, and a Library and Information Technician Diploma from Seneca College.
Carol’s library interests are in technology and helping to empower people within an academic or research setting. Her research at MIT will explore reimagining library instruction, blending instruction for individual gain with promoting social awareness and responsibility in informational behaviour, as well as exploring the potential for new technology to expand the range of instructional formats and designs.
Ms. Hopkins is the Program Administrator for the MIT Libraries Program on Information Science and supports Dr. Altman in the preparation of events and activities for the program. She is also involved with the Information Technology & Digital Development program at the MIT Libraries and is the administrative face of Cubespace.
For the past ten years, Margy was Senior Acquisitions Editor at The MIT Press where she acquired scholarly, trade, and reference work in Science and Technology Studies, Information Science, Communications, and Internet Studies. She created critically acclaimed series such as those in Infrastructures Studies (Geoffrey Bowker and Paul Edwards), the Information Society (Laura DeNardis and Michael Zimmer) and History and Foundations of Information Science (Michael Buckland, Jonathan Furner, and Markus Krajewski). Margy also developed the trade Essential Knowledge series, designed to convey challenging concepts to a more popular readership; such topics have included intellectual property strategy (by John Palfrey), memes in digital culture (by Limor Shifman), crowdsourcing (by Daren Brabham), and open access (by Peter Suber). Read more about Marguerite Avery
David Chang is a rising senior at Harvard University concentrating in Social Studies, with a secondary in computer science. He is joining the research program for the summer to look at privacy and harm and geographic discrimination. He hopes that this work will help prepare him for addressing present-day problems of big data ubiquity and a lack of legislation to address its accelerated growth.
Diana Hellyar is a graduate student at Simmons College at the School of Library and Information Science and is concentrating in Information Science and Technology (MLIS expected May 2016). Diana’s research in the Program is focused on the applications of emerging virtual reality and visualization technology to library information discovery.
Diana’s professional interests are in how new technologies can improve people’s experiences in the libraries and with library content. She has 10 years of experience in public, school and academic libraries. Currently, she is working as a Circulation and Reference Assistant at Pine Manor College.
Lucy Taylor is a graduate student at Simmons School of Library and Information Science where she will receive her MLIS in Spring 2016. Lucy’s undergraduate degree in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at Oxford University and experience working at the Bodleian Libraries has shaped her commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship and and her enjoyment in helping others discover information and pursue their academic goals. Lucy is interested in exploring the scholarly communication workflow, how to make academic information more accessible through open access and data and how to enhance library platforms and websites through usability testing and user experience. Her work as a graduate intern focuses on the landscape of current academic software curation, with a view to identifying use cases, best practices and guidelines.
Carenanne Torrey (Caren) is a graduate student at Simmons School of Library and Information Science where she will receive her MLIS Spring 2015. She enjoys teaching others how to find, evaluate, and use information. Caren embraces new technologies by building websites, working in databases, and evaluating usability by exploring who uses libraries and how they use them. Her experience includes an internship at Harvard, where she researched, wrote, and edited projects related to the history of the university and prospect research. She is active in the Special Libraries Association, where she is the President for that Simmons student group. Caren currently works in a corporate pharmaceutical library connecting scientists to information.
Renee Walsh is a Graduate Student at Simmons College of Library and Information Science, where she will receive her M.S. in December of 2016. Prior to studying at Simmons College, Renee studied French and Francophone Literature, with a focus on writers of Middle Eastern and North African origin. Renee hopes to use her background in cultural studies to help others disseminate, appreciate, and explore cultural heritage in the digital realm. Her research at MIT is focusing on how VR can improve access to and the exploration of library materials.
Alex Wei is a student intern for the MIT Program on Information Science for MIT Libraries working on projects related to open data and transparency. A senior at Newton North High School, Alex enjoys studying History, Math, and Languages. He has an interest in politics and humanities.