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40 Years of ALISE Statistics Released

Since 1980, ALISE has collected and reported data annually about the state of library and information science education across the US and Canada. The annual "ALISE Statistical Report" provides stakeholders with detailed data concerning library and information science (LIS) faculty and staff, students, curriculum, income and expenditures, and continuing education activities. While the means and mechanisms of data collection and reporting that underlie this annual effort have evolved -- from handwritten to electronic, paper to spreadsheet -- the foundational data elements remained remarkably consistent over this forty-year period.

To commemorate the 40th year of data collection, the research team compiled datasets as a service to the ALISE members and research community for its use.

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ALISE Redesigns and Relaunches Leadership Academy in 2022

ALISE Redesigns and Relaunches Leadership Academy in 2022

ALISE redesigned its Leadership Academy in 2022 through the work of its Programming Committee. The redesigned event features a series of five webinars throughout 2022. The webinars are free to members. The Academy will culminate with an in-person workshop immediately following ALISE’s 2022 Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, PA.

In 2019, ALISE initiated the Leadership Academy to create communities within library and information science (LIS) for the exploration of leadership roles as chairs, directors, and deans. We aim to build interest in leadership and to build the confidence of prospective leaders. The Academy also provides prior attendees a forum to reconvene, to reflect on their learnings from the past year, and to gain new insights to deploy in the future.

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Revised Personal Membership Dues Structure to Launch January 1, 2022

ALISE Revises Personal Membership Dues Structure, Launches January 1, 2022

In 2021, the ALISE Board of Directors and its membership approved a proposal presented by the Membership Committee to create a tiered dues structure based on World Bank Gross National Income (GNI) data. The committee’s proposal was informed by research conducted by prior ALISE task forces formed to research international dues rates and by the committee’s environmental scan of similarly oriented membership-based associations. The tiered fee structure for personal memberships becomes effective January 1, 2022.

The revised dues structure provides a more equitable fee structure for individuals located in countries with GNI per capita at or below $24,999.00 USD. In addition, the structure provides greater opportunity for information professionals outside of North America to engage in the association through reduced rates for those in Tier 2 or Tier 3 countries. The ALISE 2021-2025 Strategic Plan includes specific objectives and strategies to increase international membership (Strategy 2.2.6) and to make ALISE welcoming and inclusive of people and program from countries outside of the U.S. and Canada (Objective 2.5). The tiered dues structure is a single, albeit significant, step to enable a more global presence and engagement within ALISE.

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2021 Statistical Report Now Available

ALISE Launches 2021 Statistical Report

The 2021 ALISE Statistical Report is now available! This annual report on LIS education compiles, analyzes, interprets, and reports statistical information about LIS programs offered by ALISE member schools. These report features two components, the statistical dataset (Excel) and a summary report identifying trends and key indicators in LIS education. ALISE members receive complimentary access to both the dataset and the summary report. Non-members may purchase the dataset for $135 USD. The 2021 Summary Report: Trends and Key Indicators in LIS is available free to the public.

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2021-2022 Committee Leadership Appointed

2021-2022 ALISE Committee Leadership Appointed

The 2021-2022 committee leaders were recently appointed by the incoming president and confirmed by the ALISE Board of Directors. The 2021-2022 committee terms commence at the 2021 annual business meeting and end at the subsequent annual business meeting.

Standing Committees

Advancement Committee Chair

Dan Albertson, University at Buffalo

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2021 Election Results Announced

2021 Board of Directors Election Results Announced

Congratulations to the newly elected members of the ALISE Board of Directors. Their terms shall begin at the end of the ALISE '21 Annual Business Meeting in September 2021.

President Elect: Rong Tang

Secretary/Treasurer: Shimelis Assefa

Director, Community Building: Monica Colon-Aguirre

 Learn about the incoming board members.

ALISE Announces Move to Virtual Format for 2021 Annual Conference

The ALISE Board of Directors has made the decision to transition this year’s conference into a fully virtual format. The Board considered this decision over a number of months and meetings, holding conversations with the ALISE Conference Program Planning Committee co-chairs and with the staff. We also conducted a survey of the membership and prior year conference attendees to inform this decision. Read more about the decision.

Call for Committee Volunteers Extended to May 9, 2021

ALISE Call for Committee Volunteers Extended to May 9, 2021

We understand this is a busy time of year. To help provide a little breathing room, we've extended the call for committee volunteers to May 9, 2021.
We welcome volunteers from all areas of our diverse membership: doctoral students, new and tenured faculty, and part-time/adjunct faculty. Whether you are new to ALISE or have been a member for a long time, your contributions and insights are welcomed. The strength of ALISE relies so very much on the contributions of its members.

Submit the online form by the extended deadline of May 9, 2021.  Learn More

ALISE Statement on Anti-Asian Violence


The Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) joins our communities in condemning the horrific mass shootings and racially-motivated violence in the United States and around the world.

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2021 Doctoral Student Poster Competition Deadline Extended

Deadline Extended for ALISE/Jean Tague-Sutcliffe Doctoral Student Research Poster Competition

The deadline for the highly competitive ALISE/Jean Tague-Sutcliffe Doctoral Student Research Poster Competition has been extended to June 1, 2021. Doctoral students who have completed or are near completion of their doctoral dissertation research are eligible and encourage to enter the competition.

This competition was established in memory of Jean Tague-Sutcliffe, professor and former dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Western Ontario (now the Faculty of Information and Media Studies). During her thirty-year career, Professor Sutcliffe’s research on the measurement of information made significant contributions to the theoretical, methodological, and practical foundations of library and information science. This award was established by students at UWO in 1997 and continues to be sponsored by the University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Information and Media Studies.

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IFLA Nomination Requests

IFLA Nomination Requests

As an affiliate of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), ALISE may nominate individuals to a variety of positions and governing bodies within IFLA. Refer to IFLA's election website for full details on the election process, available positions, and required qualifications.

To request a nomination from ALISE to an IFLA position or governing body, complete the online form by March 31, 2021. Submit one request for each nomination or position/governing body desired. The request must be accompanied by a statement describing how you demonstrate the skills and attributes required for the position  Preference for nomination by ALISE is given to ALISE members. Individuals who are not members of ALISE may request nomination by ALISE with the referral or recommendation of that individual by an ALISE member.

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2021 Awards

Apply for 2021 Awards, Competitions and Grants

ALISE recognizes and supports excellence and innovation in teaching and research through its research competitions, grants, and awards programs. Submissions are now being accepted for all awards, competitions, and grants. The deadline is March 15, 2021.


ALISE '21 Call for Proposals Now Open

ALISE '21 Call for Proposals Now Open

We invite members of ALISE and the LIS community-at-large to submit proposals for the ALISE 2021 Annual Conference with a theme of "Crafting a Resilient Future: Leadership, Education, & Inspiration." The deadline is March 15, 2021.

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.

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2019 and 2020 Statistical Reports are Now Available

The 2019 and 2020 Statistical Reports are now available! This annual report on LIS education compiles, analyzes, interprets, and reports statistical information about LIS programs offered by ALISE member schools. These reports are offered in a new excel format. ALISE members receive free access to the statistical reports. If you are not a member, you can purchase the report for $135.

Also available is the 2020 Summary Report: Trends and Key Indicators in LIS!

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Call for Board Nominations, Due Nov 30

ALISE Call for Board Nominations

ALISE announces the call for nominations for three positions on the Board of Directors.


The call for nominations process encourages all members to actively engage in the governance of the organization by either nominating themselves or a fellow members.

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ALISE '20 Virtual Conference Registration Now Open!

Register to Attend
We are excited to have you join the Virtual ALISE 2020 Annual Conference.  Registration is now open!
Registration includes full access to the plenary session, multiple days of breakout sessions, networking opportunities, and the poster sessions.


Draft 2021-2025 Strategic Plan Issued, Attend Upcoming Virtual Town Halls

Draft 2021-2025 Strategic Plan Issued to Membership

Members Invited to Attend Virtual Town Hall Meetings

Every five years, the ALISE Board of Directors undertakes a strategic planning exercise. We are pleased to share the draft 2021-2025 Strategic Plan and invite you to participate in the next phase.

Preparation for Strategic Planning

To date, the ALISE Board of Directors completed the following:

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ALISE Opposes the Enforcement of ICE Policy for International Students in the U.S.

The Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) opposes the announcement by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to revoke international student visas for students not taking in-person classes in fall 2020 due to the pandemic. 

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Announcing the 2020 ALISE Award Winners

2020 ALISE Award Winners

Join us in congratulating the 2020 ALISE award winners. Review the full list of award winners.

Recipients will be honored at the Annual Conference to be held in a virtual format October 14-22, 2020.

2020 ALISE Election: Candidates Announced

The ALISE Board of Directors is pleased to announce the slate of candidates for the 2020 ALISE Election. 

President Elect

Lisa O’ConnorUniversity of North Carolina-Greensboro
Mirah J. DowEmporia State University

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