Who I Am

I'm Kyle Jones, a doctoral candidate in The iSchool at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, WI.  I teach courses covering the often intersecting areas of emerging information technologies, social issues of information technology systems, and information architecture and web design for information institutions (e.g., libraries, museums, archives, etc.).  My research addresses issues of privacy related to the use of data analytics in companies, organizations, and institutions.

What I’m Working On

I'm currently researching and writing my dissertation, which is a qualitative study of institutional stakeholders in higher education colleges and universities who are building systemic capacity for learning analytics. I'm asking questions about student privacy in relationship to learning analytics technologies, practices, and information policies.  I've entered this area with a social informatics perspective.  For this study, Helen Nissenbaum's "framework of contextual integrity" informs some of the questions I ask; constructivist Grounded Theory helps me make sense of my data.

What I Write at this Site

This site serves as a public record of my scholarship and teaching in the area of library and information science.  If I'm doing things right, it should serve as a resource for others (the public, other academics, students, and practitioners) to understand what I'm doing and what I find interesting and important.  In the near future, I plan on sharing updates about my research and teaching, interesting news and notes, and the occasional #whereIwork picture.  But for now, this site will remain static.

  • The Student Digital Privacy Act: Where’s the Protection for College Students?

    Student privacy advocates collectively rejoiced Monday at President Obama’s announcement of the Student Digital Privacy Act (SDPA).  As roughly outlined in his speech, the bill would extend three explicit privacy protections to students and their parents: student data could not be used for targeted advertising, student data could not be sold to or by third […]

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    New Article To Be Published in The Information Society – Student Privacy in Learning Analytics: An Information Ethics Perspective

    It’s my pleasure to announce that The Information Society journal has accepted an article I co-authored with Alan Rubel, who is an assistant professor at UW-Madison’s School of Library and Information Studies.  You can access the full article at SSRN. Should you want to cite the article, please use the following citation: Rubel, A. & Jones, K. […]

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  • New Article Published in JELIS

    It’s my pleasure to announce the publication of a new article in the Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, which I co-authored with Michael Stephens.  This piece stems from research into The Hyperlinked Library MOOC that I co-taught with Michael in the fall of 2013.  Findings within the article reveal interesting themes regarding the potential for library and information science programs […]

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