Special Interest Groups

Special Interest Groups provide a vehicle for ALISE members to share ideas, plans, news, and opinions related to a particular area of interest. The groups are distinct from the usual committee structure in that participation is voluntary rather than appointive, and there is no obligation to produce anything. Special Interest Groups can parallel ALISE Standing Committees, but the two serve distinct functions and should guard against confusing these functions. Members of Standing Committees are appointed and are charged with specific tasks. Special Interest Groups are encouraged to hold discussion meetings for the exchange of ideas.

Special Interest Group

Convener/Contact Information

Roles and Responsibilities Cluster

Assistant/Associate Deans & Directors                               

Andrew J.M. Smith

Doctoral Students


Vanessa Kitzie


New Faculty


Part-time and Adjunct Faculty

PT/A SIG mission and charge

Jen Sweeney

Student Services

Margaret Edwards

Teaching and Learning Cluster


YooJin Ha

Linda Lillard

Distance Education

This is a SIG for those interested in trends in distance teaching.

Suellen Adams

Innovative Pedagogies

Don Latham 
Karen Miller

Topics and Courses Cluster

Archival/Preservation Education

Rhonda Clark

Development and Fundraising

Ed Cortez
Stephen J. Bajjaly

Gender Issues

Venue for sharing ideas about gender as they apply to the profession.   


Kristen Schuster & Lesley Farmer 
(U of Missouri)       (CSULB)


Historical Perspectives

Susan Rathbun-Grubb

Information Ethics


John Burgess  &  Emily Knox


Information Policy

Kelly Visnak

International Library Education

Denice Adkins

Rong Tang

Multicultural, Ethnic and Humanistic Concerns

The Multicultural, Ethnic and Humanistic Concerns Special Interest Group focuses on issues surrounding social justice, equity and inclusion.

Delicia Greene


Pnina Fichman

Howard Rosenbaum

School Library Media

The ALISE School Library Media Special Interest Group brings school library educators together at the annual conference and at other conferences such as the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) to discuss and share information about current research and practices important to school librarianship

Ellen Pozzi & Brenda Pruitt-Annisette



Technical Services Education

The Technical Services Education Special Interest Group focuses on issues surrounding technical services education. The SIG includes LIS educators and others interested in discussing/improving LIS courses related to technical services, such as information / knowledge organization, cataloging, classification, collection development, acquisitions, serials, digital libraries, etc

Gretchen Hoffman

Youth Services

Annette Goldsmith

Colette Drouillard



SIG Conveners: If you have SIG leadership questions, please feel free to
reach out to Leanne Bowler, ALISE Director for SIGs.