Keynote Speaker

Dr. Lana W. Jackman


Dr. Lana W. Jackman is the principal and founder of Mélange Information Services, Inc., a college and career success management consultant firm based in Cambridge, MA. 02138. She is also past president of the National Forum on Information Literacy (NFIL), a national organization that was dedicated to the dissemination of information literacy philosophy and practice at home and abroad.

Dr. Jackman has served in a variety of administrative positions in higher education including associate dean of enrollment services, director of student financial aid, and senior academic program officer. She also served as adjunct faculty in the Freshmen Year Seminar program at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and taught interdisciplinary studies and social studies to pre-service and in-service teachers at Lesley University’s School of Education.

In her work as president of the National Forum on Information Literacy, Dr. Jackman, along with the Board of Directors, promoted the NFIL mission to mainstream information literacy practice.

The 26 year legacy of the National Forum is rich in accomplishments and achievements. Perhaps, one of its most notable is receiving the first official federal recognition of information literacy as a necessary 21 st century skill set essential for enhancing the quality of American life – President Obama’s 2009 Presidential Proclamation, October National Information Literacy Awareness Month.

Dr. Jackman earned her PhD in educational studies from Lesley University, an EdM from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a BA in Politics from University of Massachusetts at Boston.  In 2015, she co-authored with her son, the College Success Diet: The Insider’s Guide to Educational and Career Success.