Editorial Board


Denice Adkins

Denice Adkins is a Professor in the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri, and has taught at the State University of New York at Buffalo and the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional Francisco Morazán in Honduras. Prior to her experience in academia, she worked as a public librarian in ethnically and linguistically diverse communities in Denver, Colorado and Las Vegas, Nevada. She has been a member of ALISE for over 20 years. 

John M. Budd

John M. Budd is Professor Emeritus with the University of Missouri. He was an active faculty member there for more than 20 years. He was also on the faculties at Louisiana State University and the University of Arizona. Prior to that he worked several years as an academic librarian. He has served as Editor of the Association of College and Research Libraries Publications in Librarianship Monograph series and as Editor of Library Resources and Technical Services. He has been a very active scholar with a publication record of nearly 150 books, book chapters, and journal articles. He has been a member of ALISE for more than 30 years.

Kawanna Bright, Book Review Editor

Dr. Kawanna Bright is Assistant Professor of Library Science at East Carolina University. Dr. Bright earned her PhD in Research Methods and Statistics from the University of Denver in 2018.  Prior to earning her doctorate, Dr. Bright worked as an academic librarian for 12 years, with a focus on reference, instructional services, and information literacy.  She earned her MLIS from the University of Washington iSchool in 2003.  Dr. Bright’s current research focuses on assessment in libraries, equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in libraries, the application of research methodology to the study of LIS, and the importance of the liaison librarianship role in academic libraries. Her work with Dr. Amy VanScoy (University at Buffalo) to investigate the reference and information services experience of librarians of color received a 2014 ALA Diversity Research Grant and was awarded the 2017 Beta Phi Mu-Library Research Round Table Research Paper Award.  Dr. Bright is co-PI on an IMLS grant project utilizing survival analysis to determine when and why BIPOC librarians are likely to leave the profession. Dr. Bright is a 2021 recipient of an ECU College of Education Profiles in Diversity Award and the NCLA Round Table for Ethnic Minority Concerns’ LIS Instructor Roadbuilder Award.


Editorial Board

Term: April 2018 - December 2023

James Andrews

Dr. Jim Andrews is Associate Professor of Information Science at the School of Information, University of South Florida.   He received his Doctor of Philosophy in Information Science from the University of Missouri – Columbia, where he also earned a Master of Arts in Library and Information Science. Dr. Andrews’ doctoral work was supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM) as a Predoctoral Medical Informatics Fellow in the University of Missouri’s School of Medicine. His research and teaching fall broadly within the areas of health informatics and information science, with interests in health-related information behaviors in the context of cancer, and clinical research informatics. He served on the Board of Directors of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) as SIG Cabinet Director, is active in the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), the i-Schools group, Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), and other organizations including various university and state-level service activities. Dr. Andrews reviews for several journals in health-related fields and information science, and has served as a reviewer for various federal funding agency grant panels (e.g. NIH, NSF, and IMLS). 

Lai Ma

Lai Ma is Assistant Professor at School of Information and Communication Studies at University College Dublin, Ireland, where she serves as Director of Research and previously Director of Master of Library and Information Studies programme. Lai received her Ph.D. in Information Science from Indiana University-Bloomington. Her research is in the area of scholarly communication, research evaluation and research policy, focusing on the interrelationship between epistemology, research infrastructure, and cultural and social affordances and their implications on information. 

Term: January 2020 - December 2022

Heidi Julien

Dr. Heidi Julien is a Professor in the Department of Information Science at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York (SUNY). She is a former department chair and has taught at the University of Alberta and Dalhousie University in Canada, the University of Alabama, and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Her research interests are interdisciplinary, with a focus on digital literacy and information behavior. She has been a visiting professor at Swinburne University, the University of Pretoria, Charles Sturt University, and Beijing Normal University, and she has been invited to give plenary talks around the world. She has served as editor and on the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science, and on the editorial boards of Library & Information Science Research, and Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. She currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the Association for Library and Information Science, Pakistan Journal of Information Management and Libraries, and the Annual Review of Information Science and Technology, as well as the editorial advisory boards of Information and Learning Sciences, and Open Information Science. Dr. Julien is a past-president of the Association for Library & Information Science Education, and a past-president of the Canadian Association of Information Science. She is also active in the Association for Information Science & Technology, where she served as chair of SIG USE. 

Rachel Ivy Clarke

Formerly the cataloging librarian at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Rachel Ivy Clarke is currently an associate professor at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies. Her research focuses on the application of design methodologies and epistemologies to facilitate the systematic, purposeful design of library services and education. Her multiple-award-winning dissertation argues that librarianship is more appropriately viewed as a design field rather than a scientific one. She holds a BA in creative writing from California State University, Long Beach, an MLIS from San Jose State University, and a PhD from the University of Washington. 

Term: January 2022 - December 2024

Tina Du

Associate Professor Jia Tina Du is an interim Professorial Lead at UniSA STEM, University of South Australia. Tina leads the Information and Innovation Laboratory, and her research interests are interdisciplinary in nature, exploring user-technology interactions, human information behaviour, smart use of information, and social impact of digital technologies. Her research work has attracted more than $1.5 million in government and industry competitive research funding and yielded more than 115 publications. Tina was awarded the Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (ARC DECRA), visiting research fellowship at the University of Oxford, Young Tall Poppy Science Award, and Winnovation Award, among many other awards and honours. She is an Associate Editor for The International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion (IJIDI). She currently serves as co-chair of Research Advisory Committee of the Australian Library and Information Association, and Director-at-Large, Board of Directors of the Association for Information Science and Technology.

Amy Van Scoy

Amy VanScoy is an associate professor in the Department of Information Science at the University at Buffalo.  Her research focuses on the intersection of theory and practice, exploring both practitioners' use of formal theory and the informal and implicit theories of practitioners. VanScoy values giving voice to diverse and global perspectives. She has taught online, hybrid and in-person courses at the undergraduate and graduate level and has won several teaching awards.  She currently teaches courses about information behavior and diversity, equity, and inclusion in librarianship. Prior to joining the faculty at the University at Buffalo, VanScoy was an academic librarian at North Carolina State University Libraries. VanScoy is an active member of ALISE.

Term: January 2023-December 2024

Abebe Rorissa

Dr. Abebe Rorissa is a Professor and Director of the School of Information Sciences and the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs of the College of Communication and Information at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Before his current position, he was an Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Development in the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity, University at Albany, SUNY. He worked in Ethiopia, Lesotho, and Namibia as a lecturer and practitioner. He consulted for academic institutions, national governments, and international organizations on various topics, including information and communication technologies and information organization. He has published extensively in leading international journals such as the Journal of the Association for Information Science & Technology - JASIS&T, Information Processing & Management, and Government Information Quarterly. He is the President-Elect and was a member of the Board of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) and its Executive Committee, and a recipient of the ASIS&T Watson Davis Award for Service and SIG Member of the Year Awards.

Term: January 2023-December 2025

Yunfei Du

Yunfei Du is a Professor and Associate Dean of Academics in the Department of Science, College of Information, University of North Texas. He also served as interim chair of the Department of Information Science at the University of North Texas. He worked in academic libraries and has taught in the School of Information Sciences, Wayne State University. His research interests include distance learning, information behavior, quantitative methods, and academic librarianship. He serves on the editorial board of Library & Information Science Research and has been a reviewer for multiple academic and professional journals. In addition, he is active in ALISE, iSchools, and the Association for Information Science & Technology, where he once served as chair of SIG-III. His recent work focuses on data science curriculum design, data visualization, and data literacy in library settings.

Susan Rathbun-Grubb

Susan Rathbun-Grubb is an Associate Professor at the School of Information Science at the University of South Carolina where she has been teaching in the areas of information organization and reference since 2012. She received the U of SC iSchool's Excellence in Teaching Award in 2022 and the Adjunct Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence at UNC in 2010. Her research interests include library and information science education and careers, particularly in competencies, career progression, work and mental health, and the evaluation of pedagogical strategies. She has been involved in a variety of committees and interest groups in ALISE since 2010. Prior to working in academia, she worked in academic, public, and school libraries, as well as the health information technology industry. She earned her MSLS and PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Kristine N. Stewart

Kristine N. Stewart is an Associate Professor at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, UAE. She is the Information Literacy Coordinator at Zayed University and currently serves at the Chair of the Information Literacy Network of the Gulf. Through a collaboration with the Emirates Literature Foundation, she raises awareness of the role and importance of librarians and information professionals in the region. She earned both her Doctorate of Philosophy in Information Science and Master’s in Library and Information Science at the University of Missouri. Her research interests are interdisciplinary in nature, with a global focus on the relationship between media and information literacy, information access, and policy. Her recent work focuses on expressions of traditional knowledge and critical information literacy.