Natalie Greene Taylor to Represent Maryland at Universitas 21 Research Conference

Natalie Greene Taylor to Represent Maryland at Universitas 21 Research Conference

iSchool doctoral candidate and graduate research associate in the Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC) Natalie Greene Taylor is one of three students selected to represent the University of Maryland at the Universitas 21 Graduate Research Conference 2015: Digital Futures. The conference will be held from June 9-12, 2015, at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China.

Taylor will be presenting her poster, "Views on & Use of e-Government: A Qualitative Study of Middle-School Youth." This poster focuses on the interactions that young people aged 11-14 have with federal government websites in semi-structured information-seeking and searching environments. The case study, a work in progress, looks at how youth perceive federal digital government information, the barriers they find to using government websites, and the possible influence of their perceptions of government on their decisions to use government websites.

The case study includes 25 youth across four schools in a mid-Atlantic U.S. school district who all participate in the after-school program HackHealth. At each school, the participants meet once per week for 10 weeks, plus an introductory session and a concluding focus group, to research a health topic of interest. The school librarians and a team of researchers are on hand to assist their research and teach critical health and information literacy skills.

Taylor's research interests include the role of policy in limiting or promoting youth information access, and her dissertation explores how adolescents interact with digital government. She has published articles in Library & Information Science Research, Public Library Quarterly, Information Polity, and International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age, among others, and co-authored two books: Digital Literacy and Digital Inclusion: Information Policy and the Public Library and Libraries, Human Rights, and Social Justice: Enabling Access and Promoting Inclusion. She also received her Master of Library Science degree, with specializations in e-government and school library media, from the iSchool at the University of Maryland.

Universitas 21 is an international consortium of 27 research universities that works together to foster global citizenship and institutional innovation through research-inspired teaching and learning, and student mobility. The Graduate Student Research Conference is held annually for a select number of students from member schools. The University of Maryland joined the consortium in 2014.