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College of Information and Communications

Faculty and Staff

Kim M. Thompson, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor
Department: School of Library and Information Science
College of Information and Communications
Phone: 803-777-0224

Davis College, Room 205
1501 Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29208

Resources: Curriculum Vitae
Dr. Kim Thompson


B.A., English, Brigham Young University
M.S., Library and Information Studies, Florida State University
Ph.D., Library and Information Studies, Florida State University


Dr. Kim Thompson's work contributes to the body of Library and Information Studies research with a principle focus on the relationship between information access and social inclusion. This relationship has been the focus of the qualitative research she has conducted in the United States, Australia, Chile and India. Her research uses critical inquiry of current information policy and historical and qualitative methods to examine conceptualizations of digital inclusion, information access and information poverty. She does research in English and Spanish and presents research findings and publishes in both languages.

Funded Grants and Research

Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship Program 2018 ($250,000)

AgriHub Incubator 2017-2018 ($25,000)

Charles Sturt University Faculty of Education Grant Development Scheme 2016  ($8000)

Charles Sturt University Special Studies Program Award 2016  ($4200 plus sabbatical)

Charles Sturt University Faculty of Education Grant Development Scheme 2015  ($5000)

Charles Sturt University Research Program Area Grant 2013 ($1000)

Charles Sturt University Special Studies Program Award 2013  ($4200 plus sabbatical)


Thompson strives to create an authentic and engaged learning environment, setting assignments that exercise student tech skills as well as their analytical skills needed in professional practice. She has won numerous teaching awards including a Faculty of Arts and Education Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning 2018; 2015 Web-based Information Studies Education Excellence in Online Education Teaching Award; Outstanding Subject Delivery Award 2014; and was honored in the CSU School of Information Studies Teaching Hall of Fame in 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2011 for excellence in teaching, as determined by student evaluations.

Recent Publications

Al-Saggaf, Y. & Thompson, K. M. (2018). ICT women professionals’ perceptions of workplace ethical problems: A quantitative survey. Journal of Information Ethics, 27(1), 59-73.

Kennan, M. A., Carroll, M., & Thompson, K. M. (2018). Letting go, holding on or re-envisioning? Challenges and opportunities for LIS Education in Australia. In J. Purcell, L. C. Sarin, P. T. Jaeger, & J. C. Bertot (Eds.), Re-envisioning the MLIS: Perspectives on the future of library and information science education (pp. 161-176). Bingley, UK: Emerald.

Kennan, M. A. & Thompson, K. M. (2018). Research writing and dissemination (revised). In K. Williamson & G. Johanson (Eds.), Research methods: Information, systems and context (2nd ed.) (pp. 517-534). London: Routledge.

Muir, R., Thompson, K. M., & Qayyum, A. (2018, July/August). Differently abled staff welcomed by library recruiters. InCite: Magazine of the Australian Library and Information Association, 39(7/8), 22-23.

Thompson, K. M. (October 26, 2017). A theoretical model for digital inclusion: Policy and practice. Keynote address for the Symposium on Theories of Information Disparity in Tianjin, People’s Republic of China.


Thompson has been an active editorial board member for the journal The Library Quarterly  since 2008, the International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion since its inauguration in 2016, and Collection Building (recently renamed Collection and Curation) since 2017, and is a regular reviewer for these journals, as well as Government Information Quarterly, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, and Library & Information Science Research, among others. In 2019, she will be guest editor for an issue of IJIDI and an issue of Media and Communication, both with a focus on digital inclusion.