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Laura-Edythe Coleman
Doctoral Candidate,
School of Information,
College of Communication and Information
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306
http://www.lauraedythe.com
[email protected]

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH
Laura-Edythe Coleman is a Doctoral Candidate in the School of Information at Florida State
University. She has a Masters of Library and Information Science and a Bachelors of Fine
Arts. She has an extensive background in cultural heritage informatics, LIS education, and
information technology.
Ms. Coleman’s research and teaching interests include museum informatics, museum
evaluation, knowledge management, critical social inclusion and justice theories, and the cocreation of identity. Her particular area of research examines the management of culturally
sensitive information for cultural heritage institutions in communities reconciling civil
conflict. She seeks to understand the role of information in the creation of individual and
collective identities; to provide cultural heritage practitioners with the theoretical based tools
for evaluating the social inclusivity within their institutions; and to “save the world: one
object, one exhibit, one museum, one community, one nation at a time.”

EDUCATION
Doctor of Philosophy, Candidate (2015)
School of Information, College of Communication and Information,
Florida State University.
Dissertation Title: The Socially Inclusive Role of Curatorial Voice: A Qualitative
Comparative Study of the Use of Gatekeeping Mechanisms and the Co-Creation of Identity in
Museums.
Dissertation Committee: Paul F. Marty (Chair), Melissa Gross, Michelle Kazmer, and
Jennifer Koslow.
Master of Science, Library and Information Science, (2012)
School of Information, College of Communication and Information,
Florida State University.
Concentration: Museum Informatics. Certificate: Information Architecture.
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Music Performance (1996)
College of Fine Arts, University of Florida.

PUBLICATIONS
Refereed Journal Articles
Coleman, L.-E. (Forthcoming). The Socially Inclusive Museum: A Typology Reimagined. The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum.
Refereed Book Chapters
Coleman, L.-E. (2015). Social Inclusion and the Gatekeeping Mechanisms of Curatorial
Voice: Are Museums Ready to be Agents of Social Justice? In Progressive community
action: critical theory and social justice in library and information science. Duluth,
Minnesota: Library Juice Press.
Coleman, L.-E. (2015). Perspectives on Museum Informatics: Curatorial Voice reimagined through Gatekeeper theory; Museum as Place re-envisioned through Nonaka’s
SECI ba. In Annual Review of Cultural Heritage Informatics 2014 (Vol. 2). Lanham,
Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield.
Refereed Conference Proceedings
Coleman, L.-E. (2015). The Socially Inclusive Museum: Measuring Our Social Impact. In
The Social Value of Museums: Inspiring Change. Atlanta, Georgia: AAM.
Urban, R., Coleman, L.-E., & Marty, P. (2014). Libraries, Archives, and Museums:
Connecting Educational Communities and Cultures. In Connecting Collections, Cultures,
and Communities. Seattle, Washington: ASIS&T.
Articles Under Review
Coleman, L.-E. (n.d.). Mission statements, purpose, and the raison d’être of iSchools: A
Literature Primer.
Poster Presentations
Coleman, L.-E. (2015). Museum Informatics for the Socially Inclusive Museum. Presented
In Mirrors & Windows: Reflections on Social Justice and Re-Imagining LIS Education,
Works in Progress. Chicago, Illinois: ALISE.
Coleman, L.-E. (2014). The Socially Inclusive Museum: A Typology Re-imagined.
Presented at the Seventh International Conference on the Inclusive Museum, Los
Angeles, California.
Spears, L., Mardis, M., Coleman, L.-E., McClure, C., & Lee, J. (2014).
Assessing Information Technology Educational Pathways that Promote
Deployment and Use of Rural Broadband. In Works in Progress. Berlin,
Germany: iConference.
Coleman, L-E, Urban, Richard J., Marty, Paul F., Braun, Kathy (2014). LAM at
Universities: Convergence in Graduate Education In Connecting Collections, Cultures, and
Communities. Seattle, Washington: ASIS&T.
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TEACHING AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Teaching Experience
Instructor, Florida State University (2014-2015)
Perspectives in Information Technology
Course Description: This course is designed to assist graduating seniors majoring in
Information Technology to articulate what they have learned from their training in each of
these four areas: to work productively with people, to communicate effectively, to manage
information purposefully and to apply technology innovatively for the benefit of individuals
and organizations.
Teaching Assistant, Florida State University (2012-2015)
Usability Analysis and Design, Project Management for Information Technology, Excel for
Business, Introduction to Information Technologies, Network Administration Linux and PHP
Home Educator, (2003-2011)
Private Music Teacher, (1998-2003)
Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Florida, (1998)
Substitute Teacher & Assistant Band Director, Marion County Schools, (1996-1997)
Professional Experience
Help Desk Analyst, (2011-2014)
College of Communication and Information, Florida State University
Research Assistant, (2013)
Information Institute, Florida State University

CURRENT RESEARCH
Coleman, L-E. (2015). The Socially Inclusive Role of Curatorial Voice: A Qualitative
Comparative Study of the Use of Gatekeeping Mechanisms and the Co-Creation of Identity in
Museums. Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.
Description of Research Study:
Museums, and museum professionals engage in a significant role within society. This
dissertation is a qualitative exploratory study of the ways in which museum professionals
promote or hinder the social inclusivity of a museum through curatorial voice. Through a
series of exhibit evaluations and intensive interviews, the researcher investigates the
mechanisms used to craft curatorial voice within museums handling contested subject
material. This research seeks to broaden the understanding of curatorial voice, as viewed
through the theoretical lenses of gatekeeper theory and co-creation of identity, with the
explicit purpose of aiding in the development of professional guidance to help make
museums more socially inclusive.

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Coleman, L.-E., Moore, P., & Paquet-Kinsley, R. (2015). Museum Professionals and
Inclusion: A Study in Practitioner Perception. Atlanta, GA.
Description of Research Study:
In February 2014, the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) released a Diversity and
Inclusion policy statement. This statement is likely to have major long-term consequences for
the field, impacting particularly (1) the museum (re)accreditation process (2) professional
practice and (3) professional training. Building on the momentum the AAM Diversity and
Inclusion policy statement has created in the museum field, a research opportunity has
emerged to better understand the role of museum professionals: to study those professionals
who will be impacted by this call for change, and; to study the possible connections between
conceptual inclusion and practiced inclusion as articulated by those museum professionals.
The goal of this exploratory study is to describe the landscape of how museum professionals
in the U.S. currently understand inclusion. Given the goal of this study, we will utilize two
common interpretative research methods, namely, a survey (Conducted at the 2015 AAM
conference) and follow-up semi-structured interviews. We will conduct an extensive
literature review on the concept of inclusion to develop an analytical framework for our data.
This study is a collaboration between three PhD students: Rose Paquet Kinsley, University of
Washington; Porchia Moore, University of South Carolina; Laura-Edythe Coleman, Florida
State University. Findings will be communicated to the AAM and submitted for publication
in the journals Curator or Museum, Management, and Curatorship. We hope that our
findings can help inform the development of museum diversity and inclusion policies and
action plans, and serve as a basis to pursue funding for future research.

PAST RESEARCH
Coleman, L.-E. (2015). Curators of Conflict: The Gatekeeping Mechanisms of Curatorial
Voice. Tallahassee, FL.
Urban, R., Coleman, L.-E., & Marty, P. (2014). LAM at Universities: Convergence in
Graduate Education, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.
Spears, L., Mardis, M., Coleman, L.-E., McClure, C., & Lee, J. (2014). Assessing
Information Technology Educational Pathways that Promote Deployment and Use of Rural
Broadband. (NSF), Information Institute, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.

PROFESSIONAL, ACADEMIC, AND SERVICE ACTIVITIES
Professional Affiliations
American Association of Museums (AAM)
American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)
Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE)
American Library Association (ALA)
Beta Phi Mu (BPM)
International Council of Museums – US (ICOM_US)
Professional Boards
Board Member, Education, Cincinnati Museum Center (2004-2006)
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Professional Review Activities
Manuscript Reviewer, The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum (2014)
Contributing Editor, The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum (2014)
University and Departmental Service
College of Communication and Information, Florida State University,
Technology Services Committee Member (2013-2015)
School of Information, Florida State University,
Graduate Assistant Union United Faculty of Florida, Departmental Rep. (2013-2015)
College of Communication and Information, Florida State University,
Tallahassee Code Camp Liaison (2013-2015)

HONORS AND AWARDS
7th International Inclusive Museum Conference Graduate Scholar Award (2014) Los Angeles, CA.
School of Information, Lewis-Marxsen Fellowship Endowment (2014)
School of Information, Departmental Scholarship Liz Cropper Award (2013)
School of Information, Professors’ Choice Scholarship Dr. Alphonse Trezza Award (2013)
Museum of Florida History, Presidential Volunteer Service Award: Translation of La Florida
Bibliography, (2012) Tallahassee, FL

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