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.

Information for SIG Conveners

Roles and Responsibilities Cluster

Assistant/Associate Deans & Directors


Doctoral Students


Part-time and Adjunct Faculty
PT/A SIG Mission and Charge

Jen Sweeney

Teaching and Learning Cluster


YooJin Ha
Linda Lillard

Distance Education

Suellen Adams

Innovative Pedagogies

Karen Miller
Rajesh Singh

Topics and Courses Cluster

Archival/Preservation Education

Sarah A. Buchanan
Rhonda L. Clark
Andrew B. Wertheimer

Historical Perspectives

Jennifer Burek-Pierce
Anthony Bernier

Gender Issues

Kristen Schuster
Lesley Farmer

Information Ethics

John Burgess
Emily Knox

Information Policy

Kelly Visnak

International Library Education

Andrew Smith
Ramona LaRoche

Multicultural, Ethnic, and Humanistic Concerns

Nicole A. Cooke
Tonia Sutherland
Beth Patin


Pnina Fichman
Howard Rosenbaum

School Library Media

Karen Gavigan
Elizabeth Burns

Technical Services Education

Sarah Sutton
Susan Rathbun-Grubb

Youth Services

Ellen Pozzi
Marianne Martens