ALISE 2021 Annual Conference


Crafting a Resilient Future: Leadership, Education, & Inspiration

September 21-23, 2021
  Milwaukee, WI

In the face of a multitude of health, economic, social, and environmental crises, there is an urgent need to cultivate deliberate resilience measures as we reimagine the educational landscape. Library and information science (LIS) educators must pivot quickly as we examine curricula that propel our students into leadership positions. We must also continue in advocacy roles within our institutions to maintain strategic leadership for sustainability of our programs.

The call to action is clear: LIS educators and professionals are faced with re-engineering our standard operating procedures in order to become viable in our rapidly changing environments. Plans must be made for resilience on all fronts for our own well-being, organizational health, curriculum, and scholarship of teaching. For LIS education to thrive both in the near term and into the future, we need to address the disruptions caused by the 2020 pandemic, shifts in enrollment, institutional reconfigurations and consolidation, demand for more curricular offerings and in online modalities, and the information profession’s need for more agile information professionals who are adept at navigating the ever-changing political, social, economic, technological, and environmental landscapes.

We ask, what efforts are LIS programs making to evolve so they are ready to tackle these challenges and ensure sustainability? How is the LIS curriculum changing and how is it preparing resilient information professionals with the leadership and practical skills needed for the future? What will the future of LIS education look like and what initiatives, research, and innovations are needed to achieve a sustainable future? The ALISE 2021 Annual Conference invites conference participants to share their ideas, initiatives, and research on teaching and learning, policy, and pedagogy that will help craft a resilient and sustainable future for LIS education and the information professions. 

The ALISE 2021 conference is intended to encourage engagement across the globe from those in library and information science, as well as those in a wide variety of cognate fields who wish to share their vision for education, for teaching and learning, for pedagogy, and for research through an international lens.

Conference Co-chairs:

Dr. Sue Alman, San Jose State University
Dr. Kim Thompson, University of South Carolina 


The 2021 ALISE conference will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, located on Lake Michigan's scenic shoreline. The city is home to seven Fortune 500 Companies, as well as nationally-renowned hospitals, medical research facilities, and universities.                             

Check back frequently for more information and updates regarding the 2021 ALISE conference. We hope to see you in Milwaukee for a dynamic and engaging meeting!


2021 Conference Hotel

ALISE has negotiated a discounted room rate for conference attendees at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee. The group room block will open this fall. Book your room by August 29, 2021 to receive the group rate of $169 per night + tax.

Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
333 West Kilbourn Avenue
Milwaukee, WI  53203
+1 414-276-1234