Laurie Bonnici

Dr. Bonnici is an Assistant Professor at The University of Alabama College of Communication and Information Sciences. She earned her MLS degree from the University of South Florida and Ph.D. in Information Science from Florida State University. Her research is focused in two areas: information technologies for universal access as well as disciplinarity and education for library and information science. She has been principal investigator and co-principal investigator on several grants including Project Athena that focused on recruitment and education of a diverse population of doctoral students focusing their research on issues of diversity for information access. In addition to leading Project ALFA, she is currently lead author on writing a book with Dr. Kathleen Burnett (FSU) and Dr. Mega Subramanium (U. Maryland). The book is titled "The Study of Information Revisited: Chaos in the Emergence of Disciplinary Identity" which evolved from a research study on issues of accreditation for LIS education.

Stephanie Maatta

Dr. Stephanie Maatta earned her master's and doctorate in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University, and bachelor's degree in English and American Literature from Michigan State University. She is an active member of ALA and RUSA, serving on a variety of committees. Her current research interests include services to individuals with disabilities. She also conducts research on books and reading as social and cultural phenomenon. Dr. Maatta's area of teaching includes reference and user services.

Jackie Brodsky

Jackie Brodsky is a Ph.D. candidate at The University of Alabama College of Communication and Information Sciences and is the Graduate Research Assistant to Project ALFA. Her publications include "Attitudes Toward Patrons with Physical Challenges: A Survey of Members of the Public Library Division of the Alabama Library Association" with co-author Muriel K. Wells and "Physiological Access as a Social Justice Type in LIS Curricula" with co-authors Laurie J. Bonnici, Stephanie L. Maatta, Muriel K. Wells, and Charles W. Meadows III. Her research interests include social support during information seeking as well as technology adoption, and her teaching interests include information technology and information accessibility. Jackie spent 20 years in the medical transcription field before beginning her doctoral studies, which contributed to her interest in technology adoption and health information seeking.




  • University of Alabama
  • Wayne State University
  • Alabama Public Library Service
  • Florida Department of Education Bureau of Braille and Talking Book Library Services

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