Ethnic Minority Immigrant Youth as Information Mediaries

Dr. Ann P. Bishop

Ann Peterson Bishop’s career centers on research in the user-centered design and evaluation of information systems, and most recently has focused on community-based participative inquiry around digital media, civic engagement, and marginalized youth. Her work draws from the philosophic tradition of American Pragmatism, especially the praxis of Jane Addams and John Dewey. She is currently co-editing a book about her latest collaborative research, called Youth Community Inquiry: New Media for Community and Personal Growth (with Bertram (Chip) Bruce and Nama Budhathoki). Ann is an associate professor emerita in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, where she taught ethnography of digital libraries, community engagement, community informatics, inquiry-based learning, and participatory action research. Ann co-founded the Prairienet Community Network and the Community Informatics Initiative at UI. She was a member of the Community Inquiry Lab research collective and the founding director of the Booker T. Washington SOAR after school program for underserved children. Her community partners have included SisterNet (in Champaign-Urbana) and the Puerto Rican Cultural Center (in Chicago). Ann received the Jan Hawkins Award for Early Career Contributions to Humanitarian Scholarship (awarded by the American Educational Research Association), UI’s Campus Award for Excellence in Public Engagement, and has completed Fulbright Senior Specialist appointments in Finland and Brazil. Her work has been funded by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the Kellogg Foundation. Ann has published with MIT Press, the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, the Journal of Community Informatics, First Monday, the Journal of Documentation, and Library & Information Science Research. She lives on Vashon Island.

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