Yan Ma

  • Professor
  • Graduate School of Library and Information Studies
  • Phone: 401.874.2819
  • Email: yanma@uri.edu
  • Office Location: Rodman Hall, Rm 106

Biography

Dr. Ma is one of the distinguished leading scholars in visual literacy, critical and cultural, interdisciplinary research in technology and media. Her research and teaching have focused on visual literacy for education; visual literacy for data visualization; organization of information, information storage and retrieval; critical and cultural studies of visual literacy and digital media; Chinese American newspapers and periodicals in the United States. Dr. Ma’s latest research focuses on Chinese film studies leading to her pioneering course and research on “Chinese Hollywood”. Dr. Ma is the past President of the International Visual Literacy Association.

Research

Dr. Ma’s research agenda has focused on interdisciplinary, innovative, multicultural, and global scholarship for critical studies of library and information science using the fields of library science and educational technology to pursue the cultural and critical lines of scholarly inquiry to lead the profession of information science, communication studies, film, and education. Such research contributes to the areas of visual literacy for library and information science education, data visualization, cultural heritage informatics, organization of information, communication and media, and critical and cultural studies of media.

Education

  • Ph.D., Educational Communications and Technology, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • M.L.S., School of Library and Information Science, Kent State University.
  • B.A., English Literature and Linguistics, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China.

 

Selected Publications

Ma, Yan. (2019). “Meaning construction in data visualization” at the IFLA Big Data satellite meeting, Frankfurt, Germany, August 22-23, 2019. http://library.ifla.org/

Ma, Yan. (2015). Guest editor for the special edition of “ACRL Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education” of the Journal of Visual Literacy.

Ma, Yan. (2015). Preface to the special edition of “ACRL Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education,” Journal of Visual Literacy, v-vi

Ma, Yan. (2015). Constructing and Reading Visual Information–Visual Literacy for Library and Information Science Education, Journal of Visual Literacy, 34 (2), 1-20.

Ma, Yan. (2015). Invited Guest Editor Preface to the special edition of “ACRL Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education,” and an article of Constructing and Reading Visual Information–Visual Literacy for Library and Information Science Education, Journal of Visual Literacy, 34 (2), 1-20.