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Paul Jaeger

Professor and Director of the Master of Library Science (MLS) program of the College of Information Studies
College of Information Studies
Primary Expertise: 
Information Policy
Disability and Accessibility
Information & Human Rights
Information Studies

Paul T. Jaeger, Ph.D., J.D., is Professor and Director of the Master of Library Science (MLS) program of the College of Information Studies. In addition, Paul serves as the college Diversity Officer and Co-Director of the Information Policy and Access Center at the University of Maryland. Dr. Jaeger’s research focuses on the ways in which law and public policy shape information behavior, particularly for underserved populations. He also researches disability and accessibility, information and human rights, e-government, and social theory of information.

He is the author of more than one hundred and fifty journal articles and book chapters, as well as twelve books. His recent books include

•         Disability and the Internet: Confronting a Digital Divide (Lynne Rienner, 2012);

•         Public Libraries, Public Policies, and Political Processes: Serving and Transforming Communities in Times of Economic and Political Constraint (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014);

•         Digital Literacy and Digital Inclusion: Information Policy and the Public Library (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014);

•         and Libraries, Human Rights, and Social Justice: Enabling Access and Promoting Inclusion (Rowman and Littlefield, 2015).

His research has been funded by the Institute of Museum & Library Services, the National Science Foundation, the American Library Association, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, among others. Dr. Jaeger is Editor of Library Quarterly, Co-Editor of Advances in Librarianship, and Co-Editor of International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion (launching in 2016). In 2014, he received the Library Journal/ALISE Excellence in Education Award.

Ph.D., Information Studies, Florida State University
M.S., Library and Information Science, Florida State University
J.D., Florida State University
M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, University of North Florida
B.A., British and American Literature, New College