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Devendra Potnis

Devendra Potnis

Associate Professor

Pronouns: He/Him/His
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442 Communications Building


  • PhD, University at Albany, State University of New York
  • MPA, University at Albany, State University of New York
  • MS, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • BE, University of Mumbai, India


  • Technology (adoption, use)
  • Information (access, use, behavior, literacy)
  • Academic libraries (students)
  • Public libraries (innovations)
  • Communities (health, small businesses)

Courses taught:

  • INSC 380/451 – Information Management in Organizations
  • INSC 514 – Information Technology Foundations
  • INSC 530 – Information Access & Retrieval
  • INSC 542 – Social Informatics
  • INSC 580/585 – Information Technologies
  • INSC 550 – Management of Information Organizations
  • INSC 591 and 594 – Independent Project/Research & Graduate Research Participation

My favorite thing about working at SIS is:

The academic freedom for conducting research to address vulnerabilities in our society, and the pleasure of training information professionals who will make this world a better place.

Professional memberships:

  • ALISE (Association for Library and Information Science Education)
  • ASIS&T (Association for Information Science & Technology)
  • ALA (American Library Association)
  • International Federation for Information Processing Working Group on the Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries
  • AIS (Association for Information Systems)

Select Publications:

  • Potnis, D., & Mallary, K. (2021). Proposing an information value chain to improve information services to disabled library patrons using assistive technologies. Journal of Information Science.
  • Potnis, D. & Gala, B. (2020). Best practices for conducting fieldwork with marginalized communities. Information Processing & Management. 57(3),
  • Potnis, D., Deosthali, K., Zhu, X., & McCusker, R. (2018). Factors Influencing Undergraduate Use of e-books: A Mixed Methods Study. Library & Information Science Research, 40(2), 106-117.
  • Potnis, D. & Allard, S. (2018). Training LIS Students as Mobile Technology Consultants for Libraries and Not-for-Profit Organizations. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 59(4), 253-264.
  • Potnis, D. (2015). Beyond Access to Information: Understanding the Use of Information by Poor Female Mobile Users in Rural India. The Information Society, 31(1), 83-93.