Research Team

University of Washington Research Team

Michael Crandall is a Senior Lecturer in the iSchool, and current chair of the Masters of Science in Information Management program. Prior to coming to the University of Washington, he was technology manager for the US Library program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to the foundation, Mike worked on search technology and knowledge organization for the intranet at Microsoft (MSWeb) and on information architecture and online library services at Boeing. He has served on the Dublin Core Metadata Board of Trustees since its inception in 2001, and is active in ASIS&T. He is interested in public access computing, ICT in developing countries, metadata and knowledge organization, social dimensions of knowledge transfer and large scale information systems.

Samantha Becker is the Research Project Manager for U.S. Impact Study, and was co-author of "Opportunity for All: How the American Public Benefits from Internet Access at U.S." Samantha has a background in public policy evaluation and was a public librarian in Central Vermont. She currently manages and heads research on several library- and public technology-related projects, including the IMLS Digitally Inclusive Communities initiative,and the Gates Foundation Edge Public Access Technology Benchmarks initiative. Her research interests focus on public access technology, evaluation of public technology services, and how adults gain the skills necessary to use information and communication technology. Samantha holds master’s degrees in Library and Information Science and Public Administration from the University of Washington.

Charlene Barina is a Research Coordinator for U.S. Impact Study. Her previous work includes developing information systems, organizational and technical capacity building with non-profits, and program monitoring and evaluation. Charlene's work with Impact focuses on knowledge management systems, connecting data silos to promote evidence-based decision-making, and supporting data analysis projects. She holds a master's degree in Public Health from the University of Washington and a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Duke University. 

Rebecca Blakewood is the Research Analyst for U.S. Impact Study. She has a varied background in information architecture, library digitization, and project management as well as nonprofit program development and capacity building. Through all that, she has been motivated by an interest in how organizations can collect and use data on an appropriate scale to guide strategic decisions and continuous improvement. She holds master’s degrees in Library and Information Science and Public Administration from the University of Washington.

 

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Stacey Wedlake is the Research and Communication Coordinator for U.S. Impact Study. She became interested in digital inclusion while a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mongoliaand taught technology to community members at local computing centers. Upon returning to the states, she continued to teach technology classes at a nonprofit and community college. In her current role, Stacey loves helping libraries better understand their communities. She holds master's degrees in Library and Information Science and Public Administration from the University of Washington.

nandita photoNandita Anand is a Research Assistant for U.S. Impact Study. She is currently pursuing the Master of Science in Information Management program from the University of Washington's iSchool. Her interest areas include consulting, data science and analytics, and product management. Prior to joining the graduate school, Nandita worked as a technology consultant for four years. In this role, she worked with different teams to deliver business value through technology for various client organizations. Being is a technology enthusiast, Nandita firmly believes that the right use of technology can have a huge impact on not only today’s businesses and organizations but also the larger society.

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Ashley Farley is a Research Assistant for U.S. Impact Study. She is currently a graduate student pursuing her master's degree in Library and Information Science through the University of Washington's iSchool. Previously, she has worked in both public and academic libraries over the past decade, sharing her passion for learning, technology, and serving the community. Ashley also has a growing passion for research and how it can impact the library and information world.

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Louis Spinelli is a Research Assistant for U.S. Impact Study. He is currently a graduate student pursuing his master’s degree in Information Management at the University of Washington's iSchool. While living and working abroad he developed an interest in knowledge management and sharing as well as technology usage across different cultures and environments.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from Radford University where he double majored in biology and chemistry.

 

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Karen E. Fisher is a Professor in the University of Washington Information School and Adjunct Professor of Communication. She teaches and conducts research on how people experience information as part of everyday life, with emphasis on the interpersonal aspects of information behavior, the role of informal social settings in information flow and its connection to happiness, as well as the broad impacts of information and communication technologies. Her current work, supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Microsoft, asks how ethnic minority youth seek information and use technology on behalf of other people, especially older family members. To learn more about her research, visit her webpage at the iSchool: https://ischool.uw.edu/people/faculty/fisher 

 

Many thanks to all the previous students who have enriched our work through assistanceships, internships, independent studies, and degree projects.