Candidate for Director for Membership
Laurie Bonnici, Ph.D.
School of Library and Information Studies
University of Alabama
Serving on the Board is an honor and a responsibility to the ALISE members. As nominee for Director of Member Services I commit to the proscribed duties which are to serve as liaison to the Membership Committee, Awards and Honors
Coordinating Committee, Research Coordinating Committee, and working with the Chair of the Membership Committee to coordinate the activities of ALISE School Representatives. These committees are comprehensive of those who make ALISE what it is… members committed to excellence in research, teaching, and service. These members include the Doctoral Student SIG. They are the future of the organization. Their early investment in the organization is essential to a vital and energetic ALISE.
In addition, I view the Director seat as opportunity for change. As faculty we work diligently to position our schools at the top, provide excellent education, and inform the research literature with relevant findings. These efforts continue at a national level at the annual conference. We commit countless hours to accomplish these goals. Yet the conference is an opportunity to rejuvenate both professionally and personally through socialization. I value my working relationships with colleagues beyond my home institution, be they library, information, or iSchool faculty, enriching my intellect and broadening my horizons. Informal downtime to socialize with colleagues is a valued part of professional organizations. Thus as Director of Member Services I would work toward carving time in the conference agenda for socialization, visiting the local sites and cultural institutions, while affirming current collegial relationships and building new ones.
Assistant Professor and Principal Investigator for Project ALFA (http://projectalfa.slis.ua.edu/), Laurie Bonnici holds her doctorate from Florida State University and her master’s degree from University of South Florida. Her teaching interests lie in the area of information technology, web multimedia, technology access for physically challenged populations, and administration and management. Closely related, her research falls into two distinct areas; accessibility for information and communication technologies (information behavior) and LIS Education (see http://www.slis.ua.edu/bonniciresearch.html ). Bonnici brings past experience having served on the ALISE Board as Director 2002-2004.