ALISE is Pleased to Announce the New Co-Editors of J.E.L.I.S.


The Board of Directors of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) is pleased to announce that Dr. Kathy Burnett and Dr. Michelle Kazmer have been appointed to be the new co-editors of the Journal of Education for Library and Information Science (JELIS). Both Dr. Burnett and Dr. Kazmer are from the Florida State University's College of Information. The ALISE Board wishes to thank the outgoing editors, Cheryl Knott Malone and Anita Sundaram Coleman, who have served as co-editors since January 2005, and welcome Kathy and Michelle who will serve a four-year term beginning in January 2009 with Issue 1 of Volume 50.



Dr. Burnett is an associate professor and former associate dean at FSU and teaches courses in intellectual access, theory development and use, information science, and web development. Her Ph.D. (1989) and M.L.S. (1979) degrees were awarded by the University of California School of Library and Information Studies, and her B.A. in German Literature by the University of California, San Diego (1978). She has been principal and co-principal investigator on several grants to improve LIS education, including two grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) that funded a multi-institutional project,Project Athena, to expand, diversify and prepare future LIS faculty.



Dr. Burnett began publishing on technology in LIS education in 1992. She has been honored for her work in this area through the ALISE Methodology Award (2001) and the Florida State University President’s Award for Excellence in Technology for Instruction (2001). With former doctoral students Laurie J. Bonnici and Shawne D. Miksa, and doctoral student Joonmin Kim, she developed a methodology for measuring the frequency, intensity and topicality of interaction in online learning, published in JELIS and JASIST in 2007. Her current research focuses on developing a theoretical foundation for understanding implications of gender and power in the interweaving of the technical and social factors that shapes information education at the beginning of the 21st century.



Dr. Kazmer is an assistant professor at FSU and teaches courses in information organization, information needs, information services, and theory development. Her Ph.D. (2002) is from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her M.L.S. (1994) is from the University of Pittsburgh, and she holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (1993) from Columbia University. She has worked as a rare book cataloger, an academic engineering librarian, and a technical information specialist for an American automotive manufacturer.



Dr. Kazmer began teaching online and researching online learning in 1997. Her research focuses on knowledge creation and sharing within and outside online environments. A primary setting for her research has been LIS education and she has published and presented extensively on topics related to LIS education. She co-edited a JELIS special issue on distance education in 2007. With Caroline Haythornthwaite, she co-edited a book, "Learning, Culture and Community in Online Education: Research and Practice," published in 2004. She is the co-PI of two IMLS-funded projects that support LIS education to improve the diversity of public service librarians.



Michelle and Kathy are delighted to be taking responsibility for JELIS for its jubilee volume. The ALISE Board is pleased with their vision for continued improvement of the journal and looks forward to their editorial direction over the next four years.



EDITED: 05/09/2008