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Gretchen L. Gano

Social Science Librarian

Departmental affiliation: Robert Frost Library

Departmental affiliation: Amherst College Library

Subject Areas

Submitted by Gretchen L. Gano on Wednesday, 1/28/2015, at 3:31 PM

Professional and Biographical Information

Teaching interests

Tools and information landscapes are always in flux; research processes and methods provide a foundation for critical inquiry even in unfamiliar territory.

I am a member of the steering committee for the Five College Consortium Blended Learning in the Humanities and Humanistic Social Sciences initiative. Awards are supported by the Five College Deans and a multi-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The goal of the grant is to engage faculty members in the exploration and evaluation of blended learning’s potential to enrich teaching and learning in liberal arts settings.

In addition to library instruction, I lecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and have taught at New York University.


Principal Investigator. “Timeline of LGBT Political Landmarks in the Americas.” Mellon Foundation Five College Digital Humanities Project. (March 2014).

Content Consultant and Senior Personnel. “Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies in Society: Sharing Research and Learning Tools (NETS)” National Leadership Planning Grant 2012. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).


PhD, Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology Program, Arizona State University

MLIS, Rutgers University

MPP with a concentration in Science and Technology Policy, Rutgers University

BA in English with Honors, Warren Wilson College

Scholarly and Professional Activities

My research in Science and Technology Studies theorizes crowd behaviors as they relate to the evolution of complex scientific and technological systems in society. My empirical work investigates formal and experimental technology assessment, deliberative democratic forums that engage experts and citizens in the study and evaluation of new technologies. My subfields are public policy, information science, information design, and science communication.

For more about my research and teaching see