Soon-to-be MLS alum Johnna Percell, has been named as a 2015 Google Policy Fellow. Johnna will be hosted by the American Library Association Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) in Washington, DC. The Fellowship provides an opportunity for undergraduate, graduate, and law students interested in policy, especially surrounding the internet and technology. During her time with OITP, Johnna will work on three key programs: Program on Public Access to Information, Program on Networks, and the Program on the Future of Libraries.
Johnna is a native of Keokuk, Iowa with a BA in English and Teaching Licensure from Harding University. She is a student in the Information an Diverse Populations specialization and current President of iDiversity; the only LIS student group focused on diversity issues in the profession and in LIS education. She was awarded a 2014 Beyond These Walls Scholarship and presented at the 2014 Maryland Library Association Conference as well as the 2015 American Library Association Midwinter Conference. Before coming to the iSchool, Johnna served as the Education Coordinator in AmeriCorps where she worked with the Community Corrections Improvement Association. She credits this as the reason why she choose to enter the information profession. Post-fellowship she hopes to find employment that will allow her to continue impacting policy decisions and supporting information institutions, whether in a public library or elsewhere.