Empowering Society Through Information Access: An Intercollegiate Panel Discussion

What's to Come: The Impact of Tomorrow's Technology and Policy on Empowering Communities Through Information Access


Thursday, November 14, 2019 | 6:00 - 8:00 pm | Howard County Conservancy

Join us for a thought-provoking panel discussion, Empowering Society Through Information Access, to learn about the latest approaches and challenges to empowering communities through information access, technologies of tomorrow that might provide solutions, and how current and impending public policy can affect this. Be a part of the discussion about the future of information access!
Experts and developers will discuss information and communication technologies under development that are expected to improve community connection, the environment, personal health, opportunities for people with disabilities, and more. They will also share how current and impending public policy might impact these. Audience members are encouraged to join in on the robust dialogue.
Alumni, faculty, students, and friends of UMD are welcome to attend. There will be time for Q&A and networking following the program.

Open Bar & Hors D'oeuvres — included in registration

Non-members: $10.00
Members: $5.00
Students: FREE



Dr. Paul Jaeger
Professor and Co-director
Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) Program
College of Information Studies


Dr. Beth St Jean
Associate Professor, College of Information Studies
Affiliate Faculty Member, 
Horowitz Center for Health Literacy

Topic: Consumer health information justice, focusing on the various types of information-related factors that influence both individual health outcomes and health (in)equities and current [related] research in the field.

Trevor Muñoz
Interim Director, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH)
Assistant Dean, Digital Humanities ResearchUMD Libraries

Topic: MITH's work helping local communities tell the stories of their history and heritage using technology.

Dr. Jonathan Lazar
Associate Director Trace Research & 
Development Center
Professor, Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL) College of Information Studies

Topic: Trace's focus on different technologies and modalities to increase accessibility for users with disabilities.

Andrew Fellows
Community Outreach Program Manager, 
College of Information Studies
Former Mayor of College Park

Topic: Campus Community Connection and the work to empower communities through sustained collaboration with higher education in Maryland.


Howard County Conservancy 
10520 Old Frederick Rd
Woodstock, MD 21163   
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