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 have finished 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 asked questions about student privacy in relationship to learning analytics technologies, practices, and information policies.  I entered this area with a social informatics perspective.  For this study, Helen Nissenbaum's "framework of contextual integrity" informed some of the questions I asked; constructivist Grounded Theory helps me make sense of my data.  I defend my dissertation in early December, 2015.

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.

  • A Librarian at the Reference Desk with Students

    Article Published on Emerging Roles for Librarians in MOOCs

    I’m happy to announce that a co-authored article of mine was recently published in the Journal of Library and Information Services in Distance Learning.  This articles adds to a number of previously published pieces I wrote with Michael Stephens, with whom I co-taught our Fall 2013 massive open online course (MOOC) for library and information science professionals.  You […]

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  • Kids Looking at iPad

    Student Privacy Bill Introduced in the House, Yet Many Questions Remain

    Following President Obama’s expressed interest in improving student privacy legislation in the K-12 domain, Reps. Luke Messer (R-IN) and Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced on Wednesday (4/29/2015) H.R. 2092: The Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act of 2015.  According to The New York Times, “the bill would prohibit operators of websites, apps and other online services for kindergartners […]

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  • 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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