We are pleased to announce
the ALISE 2013 Award Winners!

The ALISE Board of Directors is pleased to announce the 2013 ALISE Award Winners.

These individuals exemplify the excellence that ALISE encourages and represents in the LIS community.

Congratulations to all of our Award Winners!


ALISE Award for Professional Contribution to Library and Information Science Education

Ann Prentice, University of Maryland–College Park

Dr. Ann E. Prentice over her 49 years as an information professional has combined teaching both in the U.S. and abroad, research and writing, administration, and practice with each aspect of her career informing and enriching the other.

She began her career as a School Library Media Specialist, then became a public library director and since then has been a public library trustee in both New York and Florida, and consultant to public libraries in several states in the areas of long range planning, organization, and finance. She was Associate VP for Information Resources at the University of South Florida and worked with libraries and University Academic Computing to provide integrated information service to the academic community of the university. 

She began her academic career as an assistant professor at the School of Information Science and Policy at SUNY-Albany, NY and moved from there to the University of Tennessee to become Director of the LIS program. While there she built strong ties to the information community at the Oak Ridge, TN National Laboratory as well as to other information agencies in the region. From there she went to the University of S. Florida and then to the College of Information Studies, Maryland’s iSchool, in 1993 as its dean.  Concurrently, for four years, she was Acting Assistant VP for Information at Maryland and was responsible for working with both Academic and Administrative Computing Services to maintain and grow the University’s computing structure. As part of this activity, she was responsible for ensuring that the University was Y2K compliant. She retired as dean in 2001 and since 2006 has been teaching courses in management and leadership on line for the College.

Her activities within ALISE include membership on the Board, President of ALISE(1986), chair of JELIS’ Editorial Board (1999-2000), as well as member and chair of numerous committees. She is also a past president of ASIS&T (1992), Annual Conference Chair (1989)and served on numerous committees as member and/or chair. Since 2006, she has been a member of the Task Force on Information Professionals. She has been an active member of ALA served on numerous committees, on ALA Council, and on editorial boards. She has served as a member and/or chair of 16 COA teams as well as having chaired regional and other accreditation teams. She served on the board of the National Network of Medical Libraries and was a member of the Committee on Educational Communication and a member of the Information Technology Commission of NASULGC.

Internationally, she has consulted, given papers, and taught in China, Brazil, Venezuela, and Iceland. This led to strengthening ties between LIS programs in the U.S. and China at both the University of Tennessee and the University of Maryland.

She is the author of ten books most of which are in the area of management and has edited several other titles. Her resume includes many articles and presentations in the U.S. and abroad on aspects of management, education, and access to information. Forthcoming in 2013 is 21 Century Leadership to be published by ABC-CLIO.

She received the Outstanding Alumni Award from Columbia University SLS(1991), the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy (1987), and a Doctor of Letters from Keuka College, Keuka Park, N.y. (1979).

Throughout her career she has followed her passion to learn, to teach, to include the broadest possible set of experiences in her teaching, research, and practice and to share what she has learned with others.

ALISE Service

Lorna Peterson, University at Buffalo–SUNY

Lorna Peterson is Associate Professor, Department of Library and Information Studies, Graduate School of Education, University at Buffalo, State University of New York where she has been on the faculty since August 1990. As a member of ALISE since 1992, she has chaired the Recruitment Committee in 2004 and has presented juried papers, invited papers, and been a respondent for several papers. An ALA member since 1979, she has chaired the Committee on Education-2001-04 and has served on the Committee on Accreditation.

ALISE Award for Teaching Excellence

Deborah Barreau, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill

Deborah Barreau, who passed away February 10, 2012, was an associate professor at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Barreau was highly respected and well-loved by students, faculty, and those in the field.  She was deeply passionate about helping students to learn, and she often served as a mentor to her students not just during their studies but long into their professional careers. 

In her classes, Dr. Barreau emphasized student interaction and involvement, creating vibrant collaborative learning communities.  As one student noted in the nomination materials, “Few are as committed to their students as Dr. Barreau!”  In addition to teaching several popular undergraduate and graduate courses, she also supervised a large number of master’s papers, undergraduate honors theses, independent studies, field experiences, and served on numerous Ph.D. committees.  She consistently received some of the highest student evaluation scores of all UNC SILS faculty, ranking in the top three percent. 

In recognition of her deep concern and affection for her students, it is perhaps most appropriate to use their own words to describe her teaching.  Wrote one master's student about Dr. Barreau's "Human Information Interactions" course: “Dr. Barreau elevated the classroom discussion and found effective ways to encourage participation… she showed enthusiasm for her teaching that could be readily felt by students.”  A master's student from her "Information Use for Organizational Effectiveness" course wrote that, “She always made herself available for extra help, and she was always willing to help her students in any way possible. Her honesty, integrity, passion to teach, and mastery of her subjects all made her a teacher that I will not forget, and will always appreciate.”  Finally, Dr. Barreau's recent doctoral student advisee, Amber Cushing, explained her tireless commitment to her students, even during her final illness:

"Deborah also supported my professional initiatives. Whenever I presented at a conference which she also attended, she was there supporting me, even if it was an 8 a.m. session, with few individuals in the audience. Seeing her in the audience always set me at ease when I presented my work. She also sent out notices to the SILS community, making them aware of my program progress, publications and awards....  Even while fighting cancer, Deborah never stopped teaching and advocating for me and my career goals, helping me in any way that she could and always providing excellence in her teaching, mentoring and just all around caring for me as her student."

In addition to being an inspiring teacher and mentor, Dr. Barreau was also an active participant in curriculum development, creating both the "Information Interactions" and "Information Use for Organizational Effectiveness" courses.  She also conducted a SLA-funded study to look at different models for research services in news organizations and to examine changing demands for information professionals, a project motivated by her interest in keeping the curriculum up-to-date and relevant.

 Dr. Barreau's teaching excellence was previously recognized with the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's 2004 and 2008 Awards for Teaching Excellence.  She also received the ASIS&T Thomson ISI Teaching Award in 2002.  She was a member of ALISE from 1997 until her death in 2012.  Her achievements in teaching, mentoring, and curriculum design will have lasting effects for many years to come.

ALISE/Pratt-Severn Faculty Innovation Award


Anthony Cocciolo, Pratt Institute

Anthony Cocciolo is an Assistant Professor at the School of Information and Library Science at Pratt Institute in New York City.  His research and teaching are in the areas of digital archives, moving image and sound archiving, digital libraries, and educational technology.  He completed his doctorate from the Communication, Computing, Technology in Education program at Columbia University, and BS in Computer Science from the University of California, Riverside.  You can find out more about him at his website, http://www.thinkingprojects.org.

ALISE/Norman Horrocks Leadership Award

Nicole Cooke, University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign

Nicole A. Cooke is an assistant professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, having graduated from Rutgers University with a Ph.D. in communication, information, and library studies in 2012 (where she was an 2008 American Library Association Spectrum Doctoral Fellow). Previously, she was an instruction librarian and tenured assistant professor at Montclair State University’s (New Jersey) Sprague Library.

Her research interests include LIS distance education and instruction, human information behavior in online settings, the retention and mentoring of minority librarians and LIS doctoral students, and leadership, organizational development, and communication in libraries.

She is a frequent reviewer for Library Journal, was a column editor for Public Services Quarterly, and has published profiles in the African American National Biography project; articles in College and Research Libraries News, The Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning, and the New Review of Academic Librarianship; and several book chapters related to information literacy instruction and eLearning. Her latest effort is Instructional Strategies and Techniques for Information Professionals (2012), published by Chandos Press.

Named a Mover & Shaker in 2007 by Library Journal, Nicole is professionally active in ALA, ASIS&T, ALISE, and several other professional library organizations. For her service to the profession and association activities she was named the 2013 Norman Horrocks Leadership Award winner by ALISE. She holds an M.L.I.S. degree from Rutgers University and a M.Ed. in adult education from Penn State.

2013 Annual Conference Awards/GrantS

ALISE / University of Washington Information School Youth Services Graduate Student Travel Award

Karla Lucht, University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign

Karla Lucht is a doctoral student at the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Her overarching interests include multicultural representation in library collections for youth (or lack thereof) and conflicts of race, ethnicity, and culture in youth literature. She is currently using a Critical Race Theory lens to explore cultural depths and identity representations in titles that include mixed-race Asian-American/Canadian ("hapa") characters.

ALISE Doctoral Student to ALISE Award

Nancy Poole, University of North Carolina–Greensboro

Nancy Poole’s background is in the sciences (BA biopsychology) and strategic management (MBA finance with economics and statistics minors), with additional post-graduate coursework at the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School.  Prior to her return to university, she was a small business accountant and college instructor. Her undergraduate teaching has centered on project management, strategic management, and informatics for over 7 years, prior to and during her current program.  This summer, as a change of pace, she will assist teaching a history of the book course, following her extensive analysis of an illuminated 15th c. Latin Book of Hours (http://medievalbestsellers.wordpress.com/).

Nancy’s dissertation research examines the recent history of LIS education from the perspective of organization ecology, more specifically, the creation of new organization forms in the pre-identity stage. This will provide researchers not only with a better understanding of traditional and iSchool strategies in the post-SLIS closure decade, but will close a research gap in the organization ecology field by describing the initial development stages of new industrial forms.  Progress on this research will be forthcoming later this spring on Nancy’s blog.

The research Nancy will discuss at the ALISE conference examines the relationship of educational modality (online intensity) to social network creation and job-finding among MLIS program graduates using ego-network analysis in addition to more traditional methods.


Maria Otero-Boisvert, San Jose State University

Maria has had a twenty plus year career as an academic librarian during which she worked in collection development as a bibliographer, in management as a department head and in administration as an associate dean and a director of a state-wide consortium. She has had a parallel career in publishing as editor of Library Administration & Management (ALA; 1996-2000) and as one of the founding editors of Criticas Magazine (Reed Business Info.; 2001-2004). Her list of published works goes back to 1988 and spans local, national and international publications.  Maria currently lives in the Chicago area.

Jeffrey DiScala, University of Maryland

Jeffrey DiScala is a Ph.D. candidate at the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland. He completed his MLS with a focus in school librarianship at the University of Maryland before becoming a middle school librarian in Prince George’s County, Maryland. His research interests include the evolving role of the school librarian and school library programs; information, technology, and education policy and standards; and social media and technology in education.

2013 ALISE Research Awards/Grants

ALISE Research Grant

Karen Gavigan, University of South Carolina

Karen Gavigan is an assistant professor in the School of Library and  Information Science at the University of South Carolina.  Her research interests include the use of graphic novels in K-12 schools, and the instructional role of the school librarian.  Karen and Mindy Tomasevich are co-authors of the book, Connecting Comics to Curriculum: Strategies for Grades 6-12 (Libraries Unlimited, 2011), and co-authors of the graphic novel column for Library Media Connection (LMC).


Kendra S. Albright, University of South Carolina

Dr. Kendra Albright is Associate Professor in the School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina.  Dr. Albright’s research explores the individual and social contexts that generate problems to be solved and the way information and communication are used to solve those problems.  Drawing from information science, communications, psychology, public health and education, she is interested in understanding the ways in which information contributes to behavior change, particularly in the areas of HIV/AIDS and domestic violence.  Her interdisciplinary approach also addresses issues of information ethics and social justice for minority and disenfranchised populations.  Previously, Dr. Albright served as Lecturer, Deputy Director of the Centre for Health Information Management Research (CHIMR), and Director of the MSc Health Informatics International Program at the University of Sheffield.  Before joining the faculty at Sheffield, Dr. Albright was Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee.  Dr. Albright has over fifteen years of professional practice in science and technology and business information. She has served as a consultant for both the government and private industry.  She holds a Ph.D. in Communications, a M.S. in Library Science, and a B.S. in Human Development.

ALISE/Bohdan S. Wynar Research Paper Competition

Marie Radford, Rutgers University

(coming soon)


Lynn Connaway, OCLC

Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Scientist at OCLC Research. She leads the User Behavior and Synthesis Activities at OCLC Research. Lynn currently is collaborating with JISC and the University of Oxford, with the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, to study digital visitors and residents. She also is the co-principal investigator of an IMLS-funded project with Rutgers University to investigate the possibility of seamless collaboration between knowledge institutions such as libraries and the Social Q&A (SQA) community. Other current research projects include studying bibliographic issues related to how people look for and get their information and mining WorldCat bibliographic and use data to facilitate library decision making. Lynn is the co-author of the 4th and 5th editions of Basic Research Methods for Librarians. Prior to joining OCLC Research, she was the Vice-President of Research and Library Systems at NetLibrary, the director of the Library and Information Services Department at the University of Denver, and on the faculty of the Library and Informational Science program at the University of Missouri, Columbia. To find out about Lynn, visit http://www.oclc.org/research/people/connaway.html.


Joseph Tennis, University of Washington

Joseph T. Tennis is an Assistant Professor at the Information School of the University of Washington, a member of the Textual Studies faculty at UW, and an Associate Member of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Study at The University of British Columbia.  He has been an occasional visiting scholar at the State University of São Paulo since 2009.  He is Reviews Editor for Knowledge Organization, Managing Editor for Advances in Classification Research Online, and on the editorial board for Library Quarterly and Scire.  He is also a member of the Dublin Core Usage Board (an international standards body that works toward the implementation and maintenance of interoperable metadata). He has been active in the InterPARES research project (working on digital records preservation) since 2005, and currently serves as an advisor and researcher on metadata issues.  His research has been funded by Microsoft, IMLS, and SSHRC.  He holds a B.A. in Religious Studies.  He received his M.L.S. from Indiana University, an Sp.L.I.S. in Book History, and the Ph.D. in Information Science from the University of Washington.  He works in classification theory, the ethics and aesthetics of information organization labor, the versioning of classification schemes and thesauri, subject ontogeny and information provenance, and the comparative discursive analysis of metadata creation and evaluation, including archival metadata, both contemporary and historical.  To find out more about Joseph visit: http://ischool.uw.edu/people/faculty/jtennis

ALISE/Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Competition

Kimberly Anderson, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Kimberly Anderson is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Archival Studies Program in the School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She received her PhD from UCLA in 2011, where her dissertation examined how university archivists learn to appraise through social interaction. In addition to archivists and appraisal, her research interests include Library and Information Science pedagogy, along with sociocultural aspects of records and record keeping. She teaches with particular emphasis on reflexive practice and learning. She received her MLIS with a specialization in archives from UCLA and a BA in Humanities with a minor in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University.  Anderson has worked in university archives, special collections, a rare books library, law libraries, and police records. Anderson is the immediate past chair of the Acquistions and Appriasal section of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and was appointed to the SAA Committee on Education for 2012-2015.


Michelle Caswell, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Michelle Caswell is Assistant Professor of Archival Studies in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA, where her research focuses on archives and social justice, community-based archives, and international archival collecting efforts. Her research has appeared in Archival Science, Archivaria, American Archivist, The Journal of Documentation, InterActions and Libri. Her book on archives and human rights in Cambodia will soon be published by the University of Wisconsin Press. She is also the co-founder of the South Asian American Digital Archive.

ALISE/ProQuest Methodology Paper Competition

Beth St. Jean, University of Maryland–College Park

Beth St. Jean is an Assistant Professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park (“Maryland’s iSchool”). Beth’s research interests include several areas within information behavior, including consumer health information behavior, relevance and credibility, open access and institutional repositories, and information literacy. Beth received her Master of Science in Information (Library and Information Services specialization) and her PhD in Information from the University of Michigan School of Information. Her dissertation research consisted of a longitudinal, mixed-method investigation into the information behavior of people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. To find out more about Beth, visit http://terpconnect.umd.edu/~bstjean/

ALISE/LMC Paper Award


Jeffrey DiScala, University of Maryland

Jeffrey DiScala is a Ph.D. candidate at the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland. He completed his MLS with a focus in school librarianship at the University of Maryland before becoming a middle school librarian in Prince George’s County, Maryland. His research interests include the evolving role of the school librarian and school library programs; information, technology, and education policy and standards; and social media and technology in education.


Ann Carlson Weeks, University of Maryland

(coming soon)

ALISE 2012 Best Conference Paper Award

Susan E. Searing, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Susan E. Searing

Susan E. Searing is an associate professor of library administration at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she is currently serving as the Interim Associate University Librarian for User Services and Associate Dean of the University Libraries.  Previously Sue was the full-time Library & Information Science Librarian with a joint appointment in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science.  Earlier in her career she was a reference librarian at Yale, the Women’s Studies Librarian-at-Large for the 26-campus University of Wisconsin System, and the Deputy Director of the General Library System of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She has published research on topics related to library services and reference sources, and is currently co-PI for a grant from IMLS to study the field experience in academic libraries as a component of LIS education. To find out more about Sue, visit http://www.library.illinois.edu/people/bios/searing/

Michelle Louise Atkin, Algoma University

Michelle Louise Atkin is a graduate of both Carleton University (B.A. Political Science) and McGill University (Master of Library and Information Studies, PhD Information Studies). She is an award winning librarian and professor, having received a Professional Achievement Award from Carleton University in 2007 and a Capital Educator's Award from the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation in 2009. Dr. Atkin was the Law Reference Librarian at the Carleton University Library for 8 years (2003-2011) before joining Algoma University as an Associate Librarian. She is an Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University (Department of Law) and a Teaching Adjunct Professor (Department of Law & Politics) in Sault Ste. Marie, Canada. Dr. Atkin's research interests include the intersection between information ethics, law and public policy.  Her first book: "Balancing Liberty and Security: An Ethical Study of U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance" (Rowman & Littlefield)  is due out this spring.


Kim M. Thompson, Charles Sturt University

Dr. Kim M. Thompson is a Lecturer at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia. Her research and teaching specialize in the social study of information access and policy within the cultural context. She takes particular interest in the conceptualization of information poverty in terms of physical, intellectual, and socio-cultural information access issues.

Denice Adkins, University of Missouri-Columbia

Denice Adkins is Associate Professor and LIS program coordinator at the University of Missouri’s School of Information Science & Learning Technologies, and is also serving as the President of REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-speaking. She was awarded a Fulbright scholarship in 2008 to Honduras. Her research interests focus on library services to the Latino population.

OCLC/ALISE Library and Information Science Research Grant Program

Sanghee Oh, Florida State University

Sanghee Oh is an Assistant Professor in College of Communication & Information at Florida State University (http://shoh.cci.fsu.edu/). She obtained her PhD in Information &Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her Master of Library and Information Science from the University of California at Los Angeles. Her areas of research interest are health informatics, social informatics, human computer interaction, and user-centered interface design. She has studied about information behaviors of various populations, such as lay people, undergraduate students, librarians, and nurses, investigating their motivations and usages of social media in seeking and sharing information about health as well as other topics. The details about her projects in research can be found here (http://socialqa.cci.fsu.edu/).


Lynne Bowker, University of Ottawa

Lynne Bowker is a Full Professor and Director of the School of Information Studies at the University of Ottawa in Canada. She holds a BA and MA in Translation from the University of Ottawa, an MSc in Computer Applications for Education from Dublin City University in Ireland, and a PhD in Language Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in the United Kingdom. She is also a certified translator (Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario). An interdisciplinary researcher, Dr. Bowker has scholarly interests that lie at the intersection of translation, technologies and information studies. She is the author of Computer-Aided Translation Technology (University of Ottawa Press, 2002) and co-author of Working with Specialized Language (Routledge, 2002). She is on the editorial board of a number of journals, including the International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, the International Journal of Lexicography and the Interpreter and Translator Trainer. To find out more about Lynne, visit http://www.translation.uottawa.ca/faculty/lbowker.html

Kyung-Sun Kim, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Kyung-Sun “Sunny” Kim is an associate professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds an MLIS from the University of Montreal, Canada, and a PhD in information studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include human information behavior, user centered information systems and services, information literacy, and diversity. To find out more about Sunny, visit: http://slisweb.lis.wisc.edu/~kskim/


Sei-Ching Joanna Sin, Nanyang Technological University

Joanna Sin is an assistant professor at the Division of Information Studies, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She received her PhD and Master's degree in library and information studies from the University of Wisconsin—Madison. Her research interests include structural and individual factors in information behavior, library usage, information equity, and information behavior of diverse populations. To find out about Joanna, visit http://research.ntu.edu.sg/expertise/academicprofile/pages/StaffProfile.aspx?st_emailid=joanna.sin

2013 Featured Presentations

Martin Wolske, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Martin Wolske is a Senior Research Scientist with the Center for Digital Inclusion at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His interests revolve around helping to build more inclusive communities through engagement across difference. Since coming to GSLIS in 1995 he has served a range of boundary spanning roles facilitating community collaborations, shepherding engagement projects, developing innovative technical resources, and advocating system change.  His research interests focus particularly on engagement pedagogy; participatory, evidence-based design of public computing spaces to support collaboration and learning; and popular education approaches to digital media literacy training.


Colin Rhinesmith, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Colin Rhinesmith is a doctoral student and research scholar with the Center for Digital Inclusion at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He is also a researcher with the Center for People and Infrastructures at UIUC and an adjunct research fellow with the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute. Colin's research investigates community technology infrastructures, civic participation, and public policy by drawing upon literature and methods from the following areas: digital and media justice, U.S. communication policy, and political economy of information. He is particularly interested in understanding how individuals and organizations in industrial suburbs and unincorporated areas adopt technology to promote healthy communities. To learn more about Colin, visit http://people.lis.illinois.edu/~crhines/


Laurie Bonnici, University of Alabama

Laurie J.  Bonnici, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at The University of Alabama College of Communication and Information Sciences. Focused on interpretivist approach to investigate user interaction with information and communication technologies for information access. She is principal investigator on Project ALFA (funded by IMLS) that examines universal access for persons with mild-moderate physical challenges.


Heidi Julien, University of Alabama

Dr. Heidi Julien is a Professor and Director of the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alabama. She is a past-president of the Canadian Association for Information Science, has served on the ALISE board, and was co-chair of the 2013 annual ALISE conference. Heidi's research interests focus on information behavior, information literacy, and the internationalization of the iSchools movement; much of this work has been funded by federal granting agencies. Her scholarship is international in scope; she has collaborated with colleagues in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Sweden, and South Africa, and presented her work at many international venues.


M. Katherine Klose, University of Alabama

Katherine Klose is a Senior Instructional Designer at The University of Alabama. She received her MS in Interactive Technology in August 2009, her MLIS in August 2000, both from The University of Alabama, her JD from the University of South Carolina in May 1987, and a BA in English from the University of Missouri. Prior to becoming an instructional designer she worked as administrator (and librarian) at a private PreK-12 international school, a reference librarian at an HBCU, and an attorney.

Stephanie Maatta, Wayne State University

Stephanie Maatta Smith (better known as Dr. Maatta)teaches in the core curriculum in SLIS, includingLIS 6010 Introduction to the Information Professions. The overarching focus ofher teaching and research promotes a philosophy of universal access and inclusivity for clientele of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Dr. Maatta received her MLS and PhD degrees from Florida State University, and taught atFlorida State University School of Information andUniversity of South Florida Schoolof Library& Information Sciencefor several years. Her research interests center on creating information environments that are accessible to all, and educating professionals to reduce the barriers and limitations impairing universal access to information.Dr. Maatta is the co-Principal Investigator, with Dr. Laurie Bonnici at the University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies, of an IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant. Dr. Maatta is also the author of the Library Journal’s annual “Placements and Salaries Surveys.” http://slis.wayne.edu/faculty/bio.php?id=91397

Stephen Bajjaly, Wayne State University

Stephen Bajjaly is Associate Dean and Professor at the School of Library and Information Science at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.  Stephen has been an ALISE member since 1994, serving as convener of the popular “Birds of a Feather” session at the annual conference, member of the ALISE Centennial Fundraising Committee, chair of the Memberships and the Nominations Committees, member of the Awards and the Communications Committees, and as a member of the 2006 Task Force on Best Practices in Library and Information Science Education.  Bajjaly is the author of numerous journal articles and The Community Networking Handbook.


Eric Meyers, University of British Columbia

Eric M. Meyers is an Assistant Professor at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS) at the University of British Columbia, where he teaches and conducts research on the information practices of young people in academic and everyday contexts. Eric’s research interests lie at the intersection of information science, the learning sciences, and new media studies, with a focus on collaborative information use and meaning making in social situations. A former K-12 teacher, school librarian and technologist, Eric consults with a wide range of institutions and professionals regarding information services, youth programming, learning spaces, and technology-enriched curricula. He has published journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers on information behavior, school library programs, and research methods with young people. His current research, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) focuses on how early adolescents make decisions to use or reject information in the context of their daily lives. For more information about Eric's work, see: http://faculty.arts.ubc.ca/emeyers


Jessa Lingel, Rutgers University

Jessa Lingel is a PhD candidate in library and information science at Rutgers University.  She has an MLIS from Pratt Institute and an MA from New York University.  Her research interests include information practices of marginalized communities, politics of social media technologies and intersections of post modern theory and librarianship.

Gary Burnett, Florida State University

Gary Burnett is a Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at Florida State University, where he has been on the faculty since 1996.  He  earned a B.A. in English from the University of California, San Diego, an M.L.S. from Rutgers University, and a Ph.D. in English from Princeton University. He has worked as a bookseller, a librarian, and a small press publisher, and has served as a Research Associate at the ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education and an adjunct faculty member at Princeton University and the School of Communication, Information and Library Studies at Rutgers University. At FSU, Dr. Burnett teaches Masters courses on Information Organization, Indexing and Abstracting, and the Information Needs of Adults, as well as doctoral seminars in Theory and Qualitative Research Methods.   His research focuses on the intersection between information exchange, social norms, and social interaction in online settings, with a particular focus on textuality and interpretive practices. His personal interests include an abiding interest in music and improvisation.


Julia Skinner, Florida State University

Julia Skinner is a doctoral student at Florida State University's School of Library and Information Studies. She has a Master's in Library and Information Science from University of Iowa and a Graduate Certificate from the University of Iowa Center for the Book. She does research into social media use, as well as research on library history. She has recently published her first book, which was adapted from her Center for the Book final project, and deals with the history of cookery manuals in 17th century England. To learn more about Julia, visit her website at http://juliacskinner.com or follow her on Twitter: @BookishJulia.


John M. Budd, University of Missouri


John Budd earned his doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill after working several years as an academic librarians.  He has served on the faculties of the University of Arizona and Louisiana State University before his arrival at the University of Missouri almost twenty years ago.  He has served as President of ALISE and Beta Phi Mu and Chair of the Library Research Round Table.