Paul Conway

Paul Conway is an associate professor at the University of Michigan School of Information. His research and teaching focus on archival science, the digitization and preservation of cultural heritage resources, and the ethics of new information technologies. His funded research projects at Michigan have included developing a model of expert user interaction with large collections of digitized photographs, modeling and measuring the quality of large-scale digitization as represented in the HathiTrust Digital Library, and exploring the value of creating thematic aggregations of digitized content from multiple organizations. Currently, he is working on two research projects exploring the complexities of providing access to collections of original live audio recordings, focusing in particular on the ethical issues in an open digital environment. Prior to joining the University of Michigan faculty in 2006, he was an archivist at the National Archives and Records Administration and a senior administrator for the libraries at Yale and Duke universities. He is a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

Patricia Garcia

Patricia Garcia is an assistant professor in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. She conducts sociocultural research on race, gender, and technology – with a special interest in studying how the use of culturally responsive computing practices can increase girls’ participation in STEM activities. She is currently collaborating with public libraries in Michigan, Arizona, and California to develop a low-resource model for promoting culturally responsive computing programs in public libraries.

Soo Young Rieh

Soo Young Rieh is an Associate Professor in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. Rieh’s research spans topics in human information behavior, interactive information retrieval, and human information interaction, focusing on examining people’s assessment of information credibility and quality. In recent years, her research interests have expanded to searching as learning, social search, and information literacy. Currently she is leading the IMLS-funded Library as Research Lab Project which investigates library assessment on student learning, scholarship and service. She is an elected Director-at-large to the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Board. She is an Associate Editor for Information and Learning Science. She received her Ph.D. in communication, information, and library studies from Rutgers University.

Andrea Thomer

Andrea Thomer is an assistant professor of digital curation. She earned her doctorate at the School of Information at the University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign in 2017. She conducts research in the areas of digital curation, museum informatics, earth science informatics, biodiversity informatics, information organization, and computer supported cooperative work. She is particularly interested in the long-term usability of digital collections and their infrastructures.

Kentaro Toyama

Kentaro Toyama is W.K. Kellogg Associate Professor of Community Information at the University of Michigan School of Information, a fellow of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT, and author of Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology. Previously, Kentaro taught at Ashesi University in Ghana and co-founded Microsoft Research India, where he did research on the application of information and communication technologies to international community development.

Elizabeth Yakel

Elizabeth Yakel, Ph.D. is a Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan School of Information. Her teaching and research foci are in the areas of digital archives and curation. Throughout her career, she has researched how users discover, analyze, and use primary sources and the repositories that hold them. Her research currently focuses on data reuse and how to make research data not only renderable but also meaningful to those who did not originally collect it over time.

PhD Students

Rebecca Frank

Rebecca is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Michigan School of Information. Her dissertation research examines the social construction of risk in the audit and certification of trustworthy digital repositories. She also conducts research in the areas of digital preservation, digital curation, and data reuse, focusing on social and ethical barriers that limit or prevent the preservation, sharing, and reuse of digital information. She has an MSI from the University of Michigan School of Information with a specialization in Preservation of Information, and a BA in Organizational Studies from the University of Michigan. Her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Australian Academy of Science.

Tamy Guberek

Tamy Guberek is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Michigan School of Information. Her research focuses on various challenges as data, archives and technology intersect with advancing human rights and protecting vulnerable communities. She has published in Archival Science, Statistics Politics and Policy, and the ACM Human Factors in Computing (CHI) peer-reviewed proceedings, as well as co-authored various reports with and for human rights practitioners. Prior to graduate school, Guberek led work in Latin America for the Human Rights Data Analysis Group.

Allan Martell is a PhD Candidate in the School of Information (UMSI). He is also pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies. His dissertation research explores the role of community participation in design processes in shaping social memory. Additionally, Martell has worked as a UX designer for the Institute of History of Nicaragua and Central America (IHNCA) in Nicaragua, and the University of Washington Center for Human Rights (UWCHR). In collaboration with the UWCHR, Martell designed a digital archive of oral histories about the Civil War in El Salvador.

Allison Tyler

Allison Tyler is a third-year PhD student at the University of Michigan School of Information. She received her master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Denver in 2016, a master’s degree in space studies-planetary science from the American Military University in 2013, and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the United States Naval Academy in 2007. Her research interests include the social and technical barriers to information access, with a focus how those barriers hinder scientific data reuse and access. She is currently a research team member at the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research developing researcher credentials for accessing restricted data.

Jeremy York is a PhD candidate in the School of Information. He is also enrolled in the University of Michigan Museum Studies Program. His research focuses on the ways individuals, groups, and organizations make decisions about what to collect and preserve, and the effects those decisions have on what we are able to know about ourselves and the world. For the last several his work has focused primarily on scientific research data.