Candidate for Vice President/President-Elect
Department of Library and Information Studies
University at Buffalo
ALISE and its vision for leadership in the scholarship of teaching and learning and for support of its members has been central to the development of my career. My regular attendance at the annual conference has provided a venue to present work, connect, and learn. This value drawn from the ALISE community is value I want to share and shape. I care deeply about how we prepare library and information professionals for service to their communities and clients, and about how we support those whose responsibility it is to guide others in their learning. This is why I am humbled and excited by the opportunity to serve ALISE as President. My primary goal is to make the organization as responsive to its membership as possible, keeping in mind the primary purpose of ALISE—to lead the discipline in its focus on educational issues; this is what differentiates us from other organizations in our field. In particular, I would like to highlight the ways we can creatively shape learning experiences to develop extraordinary information professionals, and the ways we can demonstrate achievement of those exceptional learning outcomes. These efforts must be focused collectively, drawing on the combined efforts of all ALISE leaders and membership groups, and collaboratively with our sister organizations. I would be honored to lead ALISE by bringing my energy, focus, and dedication to the role of President.
I began serving the ALISE community when I was among the group of doctoral students who established the annual ALISE Doctoral Poster Session. Since then I have led Birds of a Feather discussions, served on the Bylaws Committee, the Nominating Committee, and the Board (Director, External Relations); and served as conference co-chair in 2013. I am a Professor and Chair in the Department of Library and Information Studies at the University at Buffalo, and have taught at the University of Alabama, University of Alberta and Dalhousie University in Canada, and at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. My research interests focus on information behavior, information literacy, and education for information studies, with a particular interest in everyday information behavior, and the roles that affective variables play in that behavior. My scholarship is international in scope; I have collaborated with colleagues in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and South Africa, and presented my work internationally. My teaching areas have included information services, information literacy instruction, management, and research methods. I am a past Chair of SIG USE in the Association for Information Science & Technology, past-president of the Canadian Association for Information Science, and former editor of the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Science. Currently I serve on the editorial boards of Library & Information Science Research, and Cosmopolitan Civil Societies.
Last Updated 7/15/2013