Spencer Brayton is Library Manager at Waubonsee Community College (Sugar Grove, IL and Aurora, IL). His research interests focus on the convergence of media literacy and information literacy. Together with Natasha Casey, he has co-authored several articles in this area. He has presented at and/or served in various capacities for the following organizations: National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), Canadian Association of Academic Librarians (CAPAL), International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL), United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International Critical Media Literacy Conference, International Media Literacy Research Symposium, and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). He maintains a website and blog, “Converging Spaces,” at

Natasha Casey is associate professor of communications at Blackburn College (Carlinville, Illinois) where she teaches media and information literacy, communication theory and other courses in the English and Communications department. She holds a Ph.D. in communication studies from McGill University (Montreal, Quebec, Canada). Her research interests include critical race theory and critical media and information literacy. She currently serves on the editorial advisory board for the Journal of Media Literacy Education. Read her media and information literacy blog, “No Silos” at

Belinha S. De Abreu, Ph.D., is a global media literacy educator. She served as an International Expert to the Forum on Media & Information Literacy for UNESCO’s Communication & Information Section.  Her research interests include media and information literacy education, educational technology, global perspectives, critical thinking, privacy & big data, young adults, and teacher training. Dr. De Abreu serves as the Vice President for the National Telemedia Council (NTC), and is the founder of the International Media Literacy Research Symposium which has been held in the USA and Portugal. She is the author of Teaching Media Literacy (ALA: Neal-Schuman, 2019),  Mobile Learning through Digital Media Literacy (Peter Lang, 2017), author/co-editor of the International Handbook of Media Literacy Education (Routledge, 2017)

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