Leadership Team

Keren Dali, PhDConvener/Communication Coordinator

Assistant Professor, University of Denver

Dr. Keren Dali is Assistant Professor at the Research Methods & Information Science Department, U of Denver. Her primary research interests are community engagement in libraries; inclusion at the workplace; relationships between LIS and Social Work; disabilities; LIS education with the focus on humanistic pedagogies; and reading practices of adults. With the background in Social Work and LIS, Dr. Dali holds the Outstanding Instructor Award from the iSchool, University of Toronto; the Connie Van Fleet Award and the Norman Horrocks Leadership Award from ALISE; and the David Cohen/ EMIERT Multicultural Award 2018 from ALA, and several paper and reviewer awards from Emerald. She serves as Associate Editor of The International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion.


Mirah Dow, PhDConvener/ALISE 2020 SIG Session Coordinator

Professor, Emporia State University

Mirah J. Dow is Professor, and Director of the Ph.D. program in the School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State University. She has written 40 articles and book chapters and one book. She was the founding Director of the Kansas Resource Center on Autism at The Teachers College, Emporia State University, a collaborative project with the TEACCH® Autism Program, The University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Her research has been funded by Kansas Social and Rehabilitation Services; the Donald D. Hammill Foundation, Austin, Texas; and the Laura Bush 21st Century Library Grant, Institute of Museums and Library Services. She received the Kansas Association of School Librarians, 2014 Vision Award.


Kim Thomspon, PhDConvener/Treasurer

Associate Professor, University of South Carolina

Dr. Kim M. Thompson is an Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina in the School of Library and Information Science. Her research has a principle focus on the relationship between information access and social inclusion. She uses critical and qualitative methods to examine conceptualizations of digital inclusion, information access, and information poverty. Some of her current work includes analysis of inclusive/exclusive language in library job ads in Australian and United States contexts and considerations of how to set diversity more deeply into the LIS curriculum. Kim is currently the guest editor of an International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion issue focusing on engaging disability within the social information context.


Clayton Copeland, PhDWebinar Coordinator

Instructor, University of South Carolina

Dr. Clayton A. Copeland is on faculty with School of Library and Information Science (SLIS), University of South Carolina. She is Director of the SLIS Laboratory for Leadership in Equity and Diversity (LLEAD) and helps manage the Linda Lucas Walling Collection for Universal Access. Her research, teaching, and service focus on equity of access to information for underserved populations, Universal Design, Universal Access. Dr. Copeland’s research is among the first to explore the lived experiences of library patrons with disabilities. Offering comparative analyses of patrons who are typically-able and those who are differently-able, her work explores equity, access, and inclusion pertaining to the physical environment, the virtual environment, and interactions among library patrons and staff.


Brady Lund – Website Developer

PhD Student, Emporia State University

Brady Lund in a PhD Student at Emporia State University’s School of Library and Information Management. He received a bachelor’s of arts degree in communication science and disorders (speech pathology/hearing science) from Wichita State University, and a MLS from Emporia State. He has published several articles and two in-progress books on the topic of disability and inclusion in higher education and librarianship.


Kevin Joseph MallarySocial Media Coordinator

PhD Student, University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Kevin is a third-year doctoral student in the iSchool at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. As a profoundly deaf researcher, Kevin studies how students with disabilities leverage technologies to engage with information and learn alongside their peers. In the classroom, Kevin strives to instill in his students an appreciation for how information and communication technologies empower citizens to participate in society.

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