Dr. Shannon Oltmann

University of Kentucky iSchool

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University of Kentucky iSchool


Shannon M. Oltmann is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Science at the University of Kentucky. She obtained her Ph.D. from Indiana University. Her research interests include information ethics, censorship, intellectual freedom, public libraries, privacy, and qualitative research methods. Oltmann is the past editor of the Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy and Associate Editor of Library Quarterly. She recently published a book, Practicing Intellectual Freedom in Libraries, and her most recent book, The Fight Against Book Bans: Perspectives from the Field, will be released in 2023. Oltmann’s work has been funded by the American Library Association and the Institute of Museum & Library Studies. She has presented her research at numerous academic conferences. Her work has been published in Library Quarterly, Journal of the Society for Information Science and Technology, Public Libraries Quarterly, Collection Management, Libri, and Library and Information Science Research.