Merinda Kaye Hensley

Merinda Kaye Hensley, Co-Editor, is associate professor and digital scholarship liaison and instruction librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She provides leadership for the educational initiatives in the Scholarly Commons, a digital scholarship center that serves the emerging research and technology needs of scholars in data services, digital humanities, digitization, and scholarly communication. Merinda has taught for the School of Information Sciences at Illinois, LIS 590AE: Information Literacy and Instruction and Practice. She is active in the ACRL, having served as Chair of the Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee, Chair of the Instruction Section (2017–2018), and as a member of the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force, which wrote the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. Merinda presents nationally and internationally on her research, incorporating scholarly communication into information literacy instruction, developing research support and publishing services for undergraduate researchers, and improving teaching skills of new librarians.