Global Impact

The School of Information at Kent State University is transforming the global information environment collaboratively through dynamic learning, innovative research, and interdisciplinary synergy.

Our faculty, students and alumni publish in major international journals, present at major international conferences and hold leadership positions in major organizations that impact the profession on a global level. The School offers two study abroad courses (with more under development) and encourages students to attend international conferences in library and information science (and take advantage of reduced student registration rates, too!). 

Exploring other cultures from a unique academic perspective, learning how to communicate across cultures, gaining a broad appreciation for global diversity, reinventing yourself and having the opportunity to immerse yourself completely in a different way of life: All of these and more are just a few of the benefits of participating in global opportunities.

This page includes just a few examples of these activities. For more information, follow the links below or visit the individual faculty profiles.


Faculty and Alumni

  • An interdisciplinary team of Kent State University faculty, with Marianne Martens, Ph.D., as PI, are participating in a $13.3 million USAID grant to improve educational outcomes for Nigerian children. This cross-curricular initiative has already begun work on learning labs to be implemented in Nigeria, focusing on reproducibility and culturally and educationally appropriate materials. The team has traveled to Nigeria repeatedly as they work with partner organizations and teachers on the ground to impact 200,000 students and 5,000 teachers.
  • Kendra Albright, Ph.D was named Chair Standing Committee, Education and Training section for the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA); Athena Salaba, Ph.D. was also named Chair Standing Committee, Subject Analysis and Access section; and Marianne Martens, Ph.D., was named Secretary Standing Committee, Libraries for Children and Young Adults section.
  • iSchool Assistant Professor Lala Hajibayova, Ph.D., published "An investigation of cultural objects in conflict zones through the lens of TripAdvisor reviews: A case of South Caucasus" in the Journal of Information Science.
  • iSchool Assistant Professor Heather Soyka, Ph.D., presented a plenary titled “Ten Years of Archival Education and Research Institutes: An Analysis” at the Archival Education and Research Institute (AERI), hosted by the Liverpool University Centre for Archives Studies (LUCAS), with the UK and Republic of Ireland’s Forum for Archives and Records Management Education and Research (FARMER), Liverpool, UK.
  • Professor Yin Zhang, Ph.D., presented "Use Mobile Phones to Enhance HIV Prevention Knowledge among Village Doctors in Developing Regions: A study in Guangxi, China" at the 11th Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference in Florence, Italy.
  • iSchool Associate Professor Rebecca Meehan, Ph.D., presented “Usability Improvements to Electronic Health Records: Finding Realistic Paths to Success” at the International Conference on Health Informatics  in Lisbon, Portugal, in January. The paper will be published in the conference proceedings, pages 514-518, ISBN: 978-989-758-068-0, SCITEPRESS. At the same conference, she was session chair for “Current Research in Health Informatics.”
  • Professor Marcia Lei Zeng, Ph.D., was named inaugural chair of the international Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) Advisory Board, which serves as a primary source of expertise informing DCMI activities, serving as DCMI ambassadors, maintaining links between stakeholders in the DCMI community and DCMI, connecting with other metadata and content communities, and serving as a voice of their constituents by drawing the attention of the initiative to constituent concerns as potential DCMI "work themes."

International Conferences

Attending and participating in international conferences is one way you can gain a better understanding of global opportunities and challenges in the information profession. Below is a partial list of relevant conferences.

Library and Information Science

Health Informatics

Knowledge Management

User Experience Design