Dr. Natalie Taylor is an Associate Professor at the University of South Florida's School of Information and serves as the Program Coordinator for the Masters of Library and Information Science. Her research focuses on young people’s access to information, specifically looking at youth information behavior, information intermediaries, information literacy, and information policy as it affects youth information access.
Dr. Taylor serves as an Editor of Library Quarterly and has published articles in School Library Research, Journal of Information Science, Computers & Education, and Journal of Documentation, among others. She has co-authored four books: the forthcoming Foundations of Information Literacy; Foundations of Information Policy; Digital Literacy and Digital Inclusion: Information Policy and the Public Library; and Libraries, Human Rights and Social Justice: Enabling Access and Promoting Inclusion. She has edited two books, Libraries and the Global Retreat of Democracy (in press) and Perspectives on Libraries as Institutions of Human Rights and Social Justice. Dr. Taylor is active in several professional organizations, including serving as the co-chair of the ALISE Youth Services special interest group and as the School of Information's representative to the Florida Library Association's Board of Directors.
Dr. Taylor received her Ph.D. in Information Studies from the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies in 2015. In her dissertation, she examined youth access to digital government information. While at the Information Policy & Access Center at the University of Maryland, she also worked on projects relating to e-government, school and public libraries, and youth health and information literacy. She received her Masters of Library Science at the University of Maryland-College Park in 2011, specializing in e-government and school library media.