Emily Alford contributes to the IU Libraries' overall mission by sharing expertise as the government information and data specialist regarding local, state, federal, and international governmental organizations, and as collection manager for materials related to government information and data as well as social work. She also serves as the IUB Coordinator for the Federal Depository Library Program, for which Wells Library was named Library of the Year in 2020 by the Government Publishing Office. Additionally, she works closely with students and faculty in the School of Public Health to provide research services and instruction.
Emily's research interests include public health, public safety, and open government and community information. In 2018, she traveled to Quebec to present her research "Assessing the Effort: The U.S. Department of Energy's Title XVII" at the International Conference on Clean Energy. Emily co-presented a program in Sydney, Australia in 2019 titled "Visualizing International Data for Knowledge and Context" at the International Association for Social Science Information Services & Technology Annual Conference. Her work has also been published in Library Leadership & Management as well as Documents to the People.
Emily has served as a member of the Big Ten Voting Challenge (BTVC) Steering Committee since 2019. She served as Chair of the Indiana Networking for Documents and Information of Government Organizations (INDIGO) from 2018-2019. On the national level, Emily was elected Secretary of the Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) of the American Library Association from 2019-2020.
Originally from the greater Cincinnati area, Emily is an Ohio native with a B.A. in English Literature from Miami University and Master in Library and Information Science from Kent State University. She began her career at Indiana University as Government Information Librarian in late 2015; she became Head of Government Information, Maps & Microform Services (GIMMS) in 2017 and Faculty Affiliate with the Center for Rural Engagement in 2019. Emily now also serves as liaison to Applied Health Sciences, Social Work and Health & Wellness Design. She is a former student of the IU School of Public Health, as she completed the Emergency Medical Technician program in 2017 prior to becoming a Nationally Registered EMT.
Emily strives daily to provide needed information to both Indiana University affiliates as well as our surrounding community. She believes that open information is the foundation to creating engaged learners and communities.