Candidate for Director for Special Interest Groups


Trudi Bellardo Hahn Ph.D.

Teaching Professor and Director of Academic Outreach


Drexel University






Candidate’s Statement:

From my first ALISE conference in the early 1980s until now, the ALISE community has welcomed me into a fraternity of shared commitment to teaching and learning.  Within ALISE, there is a rich diversity of interests and enthusiasms, as reflected by the Special Interest Groups.  My own experiences with different ALISE SIGs has brought me into contact with many colleagues who have become good friends and inspiring mentors.  I have worked with a broad spectrum of ALISE members and their development needs as chair of the first ALISE Academy.  My experience in activities such as conference planning (twice chair of a national ASIS conference and co-chair of Library Research Seminar V in 2010), as well as numerous awards committees, nominating committees, and juries has helped prepare me for the responsibility of serving as  the ALISE Director for SIGs.  Because I believe strongly in the value of SIGs to enrich our professional work, I am honored to run for this position.

ALISE must keep up with the changing communication behaviors and preferences of its members and potential members, as well as honor our values and traditions of providing recognition and a permanent record of individual scholarly accomplishments.  As a member of the Board of Directors, I would build on my experience as chair of the ALISE Publications Committee and chair of the ALISE Academy to focus on expanding more refereed publishing opportunities and social networks for informal exchanges among our community, in order to continue to advance our field.



As of September 2012, I will be Teaching Professor and Director of Academic Outreach at the  iSchool at Drexel University.  Before that I was on the faculty at the University of Maryland, served as Executive Director of the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, directed the library instruction program at the University of Maryland Libraries, and served on the faculties of Catholic University of America and the University of Kentucky.

My research and scholarly interests have resulted in publications and presentations on the topics of history of information systems, information literacy needs of undergraduate students, assessment of learning, education and training for the information profession, and others. JELIS published two recent papers: “Faculty needs and preferences for professional development,” with June Lester and “Job advertisements for recent graduates: Advising, curriculum, and job-seeking implications,” with Robert Reeves.

Currently I am a member of the ALISE Centennial Celebration Committee and chair of the Publications Committee.  Earlier I served on the Nominations Committee and I was the first chair of the ALISE Academy Committee. I have also been active in the American Society for Information Science & Technology, serving as the ASIST President in 2003.

I earned a BA in Linguistics and an MSLS at the University of Kentucky and a Ph.D. in Information Systems at Drexel University. In 2007 I was awarded the Service to Profession Award by the Drexel Alumni Association and in 2006 was named Outstanding Alumna, College of Communications and Information Studies, University of Kentucky.

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