Renee Hill, senior lecturer and director of the school library specialization at the University of Maryland's College of Information Studies, has been selected by the iSchool faculty as a research fellow for the 2016-2018 academic years. Research fellows are chosen because their work is relevant to the interest of the School’s faculty and students. Each will give at least one lecture during their appointment.
At the University of Maryland, Hill teaches courses related to diversity and school librarianship. Her research focuses on understanding information needs and information access as they relate to diverse populations, such as members of various racial/ethnic groups and individuals with disabilities.
"One of my favorite quotes was said by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in an address at Oberlin College in 1964: 'The time is always right to do what is right.' This succinct and powerful message forms the basis for why I am so passionate regarding the topics about which I research and teach," said Hill.
"Most of my research focuses on the ways that library school students learn to serve patrons from underrepresented populations. Even though our nation is becoming increasingly diverse, there is still so much more work to do in order to provide inclusive information services to all patrons. I am pleased, excited, and tremendously honored to have been selected as a research fellow so that I can continue to do what is right—provide information about best methods for meeting the information needs of diverse patrons."
Hill previously served as an assistant professor at Syracuse University's School of Information Studies, where she was named the 2016 Professor of the Year and was part of several successful grant initiatives. She began working at the University of Maryland in fall 2016.
Hill received her master's and PhD degrees in library and information studies from Florida State University. She serves on the editorial board for The Library Quarterly and is a reviewer for Journal of Education for Library and Information Science.