Strengthening Public Libraries' Information Literacy Services Through an Understanding of Knowledge Brokers' Assessment of Technical and Scientific Information

Participate (Year 1)

Do you help others understand technical and scientific information? Calling social media influencers, journalists, librarians, Wikipedia editors, activists, advocates, community leaders, and other knowledge brokers!

In 2023, we seek to interview 40 people who have provided information about COVID-19. Interviews are about 1 hour, by phone or on a video platform such as Zoom.

In the interview, you will be asked a series of questions relating to:

The purpose of this study is to understand how knowledge brokers assess the quality of technical and scientific information. Ultimately this study aims to develop a toolkit to help public libraries better serve the general public as well as knowledge brokers such as journalists, activists, advocates, Wikipedia editors, and community leaders.

Interviewees will receive a $35 giftcard by email after the interview.

For questions about the research study, or to express interest in participating, please contact Dr. Jodi Schneider at +1(217) 300-4328 or Our research information sheet and sample interview questions are also available online.

Any questions or concerns about your rights as a participant please contact the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Office for the Protection of Research Subjects at +1(217) 333-2670 or via email at