Amelia Gibson

Amelia Gibson is an Assistant Professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses broadly on marginalized populations, health information behavior, and local communities as information systems. She is particularly interested in the effects of place, space, and community on the information worlds, information behavior, information needs, and information access of various populations.

Gibson’s current research focuses on intersections among disability, race, and gender, and how they influence information access and information behavior. She was the recipient of a 2017 Institute of Museum and Library Services Career grant on expertise and information exchange among people on the autism spectrum (and their families) in local communities, and has been the Primary Investigator on several other studies focused on traditionally marginalized populations, place, and information systems. Gibson is Frank Porter Graham Fellow, and a member of the seventh class of Thorpe Faculty Engaged scholars, currently working on community-engaged study that seeks to understand placemaking, independence, and information and technology use among disabled teens and adults for the purpose of improving data/tech literacy and system design for those groups. She publishes regularly in peer-reviewed journals on families, youth, and adult information seeking and information access. She also engages in public outreach and programming on topics related to health, disability, information access, and information systems.