Marianne Martens, Ph.D. is Associate Professor at Kent State University’s School of Information. Her research and teaching are international in scope and cover: the interconnected fields of youth services librarianship, literacy development, and children’s publishing; the multi-literacies required to interpret non-linear, multimodal materials; and issues of digital divide and social justice in young people’s access to information. She uses co-design methodologies for reading research. Martens served as Principal Investigator for the Kent State team on the USAID SENSE grant, working on supporting reading instruction in Northeast Nigeria. She is the author of Publishers, Readers and Digital Engagement: Participatory Forums and Young Adult Publishing (Palgrave Macmillan), and The Forever Fandom of Harry Potter: Balancing Fan Agency and Corporate Control (Cambridge University Press). Prior to her academic career, Martens worked in children’s publishing in New York. You can read more about her at mariannemartens.org.