Laura-Edythe Coleman

Museum Informaticist
http://www.lauraedythe.com
LauraEdytheColeman@gmail.com
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH
Dr. Laura-Edythe Coleman is a Museum Informaticist: her focus is on the point of convergence for museums,
information, people, and technology. Knowing that societies need museums for creating and sustaining
cultural memory, she strives to help communities co-create heritage collections with museums. She holds a
PhD in Information Science, a Masters of Library and Information Science and a Bachelors of Fine Arts. She
brings an extensive background in cultural heritage informatics, LIS education, and information technology to
focus on cultural institutions that are embedded in communities reconciling civil conflict. Her motto is to
“save the world: one object, one exhibit, one museum, one community, one nation at a time.”
EDUCATION
Doctor of Philosophy, (April 2016)
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, (August 2012)
School of Information, College of Communication and Information, Florida State University.
Concentration: Museum Informatics. Certificate: Information Architecture.
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Music Performance (August 1996)
College of Fine Arts, University of Florida.
PUBLICATIONS
Refereed Journal Articles
Coleman, L.-E. (2016). The Socially Inclusive Museum: A Typology Re-imagined. The International
Journal of the Inclusive Museum.
Refereed Book Chapters
Coleman, L.-E. (2016). 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 re-imagined 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.

Edited Books
Coleman, L.-E. (Proposal). The Socially Inclusive Curator. Champaign, IL: Common Ground Publishing.
Refereed Conference Proceedings
Coleman, L.-E. (2016). People, Place, and Our Past: Curatorial reflections on the interpretation of difficult
histories. Accepted in ICMEMO: Pecha Kucha. Milan, Italy.: Museums and Cultural Landscapes, ICOM
2016.
Coleman, L.-E. (2016). The Socially Inclusive Museum: Case Study Presentations of American National
Museums. Presented in The Museum in the Global Contemporary: short films. Leicester: UK.: Debating the
Museum of Now Conference at University of Leicester.
Coleman, L.-E., Gorman, J., Moore, P., Paquet-Kinsley, R., & Taylor, C. (2016). Identity Construction,
Community, and the Inclusive Museum. Presented in Power, Influence, and Responsibility. Washington,
D.C.: AAM.
Coleman, L.-E., & Moore, P. (2016). A Crash Course in Inclusion for the Museum Practitioner. Accepted
in Urbanism, Inclusion, and Cultural Freedoms. Cincinnati: OH.: The Inclusive Museum Conference.
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.
Poster Presentations
Coleman, L.-E. (2016). The Socially Inclusive Role of Curatorial Voice: A Qualitative Comparative Study of
the Gatekeeping Mechanisms and the Co-Creation of Identity in Museums. Accepted in iConference 2016.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: iConference.
Coleman, L.-E. (2016). The Socially Inclusive Role of Curatorial Voice: A Qualitative Comparative Study of
the Gatekeeping Mechanisms and the Co-Creation of Identity in Museums. Accepted in Radical Change
Inclusion & Innovation, ALISE Jean Tague-Sutcliffe Doctoral Student Poster Competition. Boston,
Massachusetts: ALISE.
Coleman, L.-E., Moore, P., & Paquet-Kinsley, R. (2016). Museum Professionals and Inclusion: A Study in
Practitioner Perception. Accepted in Radical Change Inclusion & Innovation, Works in Progress. Boston,
Massachusetts: ALISE.
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 in the
Seventh International Conference on the Inclusive Museum. Los Angeles, California.

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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. Presented in Connecting Collections, Cultures, and Communities. Seattle,
Washington: ASIS&T.
TEACHING AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Teaching Experience
Instructor, Florida State University (2014-2016)
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 (2012-2016)
Usability Analysis and Design, Project Management for Information Technology, Excel for Business,
Introduction to Information Technologies, Network Administration Linux and PHP
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., Moore, P., & Paquet-Kinsley, R. (2014-2017). Museum Professionals and Inclusion: A Study
in Practitioner Perception. Florida State University.
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

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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). 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.
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.
Coleman, L.-E. (2015). Curators of Conflict: The Gatekeeping Mechanisms of Curatorial Voice. Florida State
University.
Description of Research Study:
Beginning in 2014, a series of curatorial interviews explored the gatekeeping role of curators within museums.
This research, titled “Curators of Conflict: the Gatekeeping Mechanisms of Curatorial Voice,” began with an
in-depth review of LIS gatekeeping theory literature. As a result of this literature review, a Curatorial Voice
Gatekeeping Mechanisms Chart has been developed. In a pilot test, curators of a small regional museum in the
southeastern United States, the Tallahassee Museum, reviewed this chart and participated in semi-structured
interviews. During the pilot study, the curators reflected upon their crafting of curatorial voice in a recent
exhibit. The pilot study participants described the gatekeeping mechanisms employed in creation of
community curatorial voice in an exhibit entitled “The Identity Project.” The results of the pilot study
informed the revision of the gatekeeping mechanisms chart, and the chart is currently being vetted by a group
of professional curators throughout the United States. This chart provides a strong theoretical background for
museum curators to articulate the gatekeeping mechanisms used to craft socially inclusive curatorial voice
within their museum exhibits.
Urban, R., Coleman, L.-E., & Marty, P. (2014). LAM at Universities: Convergence in Graduate Education,
Florida State University.
Description of Research Study:
This research study was a one-year project to study the convergence of Library and Information Studies,
Archival Studies, and Museum Studies (LAM) education in ALA-accredited graduate programs in North
America. This mixed-methods study resulted in a survey of graduate programs, and a series of interviews with
key knowledgeable persons within those programs. Initial results reveal a tension between the desire to
formalize ties among LAM graduate programs at universities and the desire to adhere to the inherent cultures
of Libraries, Archives, and Museums. I served as research assistant, performing data collection with survey
and interview methods. I provided data coding and thematic content analysis.

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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.
Description of Research Study:
A multi-year project that was prompted by the growth of broadband use in all industries resulting in a
significant workforce need for IT/broadband workers. The project’s research will focus on the educational and
career pathways of individuals working as information technology (IT) technicians who support broadband
deployment in nonmetropolitan communities in Northwest Florida. The project team will identify the
workplace roles of broadband technicians; the education needed to develop skills to be successful in these
roles; and the processes to sustain partnerships between educational and industry stakeholders. I served as
research assistant performing data collection and data coding. I provided grant writing, and developed the
project website: http://broadbandpathways.cci.fsu.edu/.
FUTURE RESEARCH
Coleman, L-E. The Socially Inclusive Role of Curatorial Voice: A Qualitative Comparative Study of the
national museums of the United States and the United Kingdom.
Description of Research Study:
As an extension of my dissertation research, this study will replicate the qualitative study of curators within
the national museums of the United States, expanding the population of the study to national museums within
the United Kingdom. The results of this study will inform future practitioner dialogues with the American
Alliance of Museums, the Museum Association (UK), and the International Council on Museums.
Coleman, L-E. The Museum as Place: A Qualitative Study of the Applications of Nonaka’s SECI-ba in
American Museums and physical location.
Description of Research Study:
This research study will examine the significance of location in American museums through the lenses of
Nonaka’s SECI-ba In an attempt to capture the dynamic museum environment in terms of ba, the shared
space for knowledge creation and transfer, I will explore the museums embedded in significant locations, e.g.
The 9/11 Memorial Museum.
Coleman, L-E. The Social Impact of Museums: A Quantitative Study of the perceptions of museums in the
United Kingdom 2005-2015.
Description of Research Study:
Utilizing the Linked Open Data (LOD) resource of the data.uk.gov, I will explore the multiple levels of
museum participation, socio-economic factors, and community cohesiveness in the museums of the United
Kingdom for the years 2005-2015.

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PROFESSIONAL, ACADEMIC, AND SERVICE ACTIVITIES
Professional Boards
Board Member, Education, Cincinnati Museum Center (2004-2006)
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. (2013-2016)
College of Communication and Information, Florida State University,
Tallahassee Code Camp Liaison (2013-2015)
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)
HONORS AND AWARDS
International Council On Museums – United States ICOM-US Travel Grant Award (2016). Milan, Italy.
American Alliance of Museums Volunteer Grant (2016). Washington, DC.
ALISE Jean Tague-Sutcliffe Doctoral Student Research Poster Competition, Awarded 3rd Place, (2016)
Boston, MA
7th International Inclusive Museum Conference Graduate Scholar Award (2014) Los Angeles, CA.
American Society for Information Science and Technology ASIS&T Volunteer Grant (2014), Seattle, WA.
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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