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ALISE at ALA 2020

ALISE at ALA 2020

Due to reduced interest from institutional member schools, ALISE will not host a shared booth at the American Library Association's 2020 Annual Conference in Chicago, IL from June 26-June 29, 2020. We plan to see everyone again in 2021!

Photos from ALISE '19 Posted

ALISE '19 Photos

Photos from the ALISE 2019 Annual Conference are now available online via Flickr.

Announcing the 2019 ALISE Award Winners

2019 ALISE Award Winners

Join us in congratulating the 2019 ALISE award winners. Review the full list of award winners.

Recipients will be honored at the awards luncheon on Wednesday, September 25, 2019, at the Annual Conference in Knoxville, Tennessee.

2019 ALISE Election Results

2019 ALISE Election Results

The ALISE Board of Directors congratulates the newly elected President Elect and Director of Membership Services. Drs. Hirsh and Adkins will assume their respective elected positions in September at the 2019 ALISE Annual Conference.

President Elect

Sandy Hirsh, San Jose State University

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2019 ALISE Elections, Voting Now Open

2019 ALISE Elections

Personal members are invited to vote between April 5-19, 2019.

President Elect

Kristin Eschenfelder, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Sandy Hirsh, San Jose State University 

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2019 ALISE Election Slate Announced

The ALISE Board of Directors is pleased to announce the slate of candidates for the 2019 ALISE Election. Voting will open April 5, 2019.

President Elect

Kristin Eschenfelder, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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ALISE Leadership Academy 2019, Registration Closes January 21

Due to the overwhelming response to this event, registration to attend the Leadership Academy will close January 21, 2019. Register before the deadline to secure one of the remaining seats.

The Leadership Academy will be held February 7-8, 2019 in historic Charleston, South Carolina. Open to all interested ALISE members, the Academy will offer participants an opportunity to explore their aptitude and interest in seeking leadership positions as Deans, Directors, or Program Chairs within schools of library and information science.

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ALISE Leadership Academy 2019, Registration Open

ALISE is hosting its inaugural Leadership Academy on February 7-8, 2019 in historic Charleston, South Carolina. Open to all interested ALISE members, the Academy will offer participants an opportunity to explore their aptitude and interest in seeking leadership positions as Deans, Directors, or Program Chairs within schools of library and information science.

Topics to be addressed include communication, coaching, mentoring, recruitment, team building, and workload management/priority setting. The agenda will provide ample opportunity for networking, informal conversation, and Q&A.

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A Message from the President, Heidi Julien

Greetings from your ALISE Board! Even though it’s summer, we’ve been working hard to transition the Association from SBI to McKenna Management, Inc. The transition will be effective October 1, but as you might imagine, there are many details to be sorted out. In addition, we’ve been planning our inaugural Leadership Academy for February 2019, organizing webinars, starting to plan our 2020 annual conference, and maintaining our focus on our strategic plan. Please remember – just because our annual conference has moved to September in 2019, doesn’t mean we don’t count on your continued membership support. Please renew your membership when it comes due – the ongoing success of your Association depends on it! You are always welcome to direct questions or concerns to any Board member. Questions about SIGs can be directed to Nicole Cooke, questions about membership can go to Cecilia Salvatore, and questions about external relations can go to Rong Tang. Best wishes to all our members for a successful academic year.

ALISE to Contract with McKenna Management in October

Beginning October 1, 2018, ALISE will transition from SBI to McKenna Management Inc. for its management services. Following a thorough search for a new firm in May and June, McKenna Management was selected. This transition was necessary for both financial and operational reasons. Special thanks to ALISE member Tom Lipinski (Milwaukee) for reviewing our contract with McKenna Management in June of this year.

The ALISE Board, on behalf of all ALISE members, would like to thank outgoing Executive Director Andrew Estep, and all the other SBI staff who supported our work over the past five years. In particular, we thank Karen Thompson, Sara Dyel, Louise Miller, Alope Pardee, Shantaé Young, and Michelle Geller. We sincerely appreciate your efforts on behalf of ALISE!

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2019 ALISE Conference Prospectus Now Available!

We are excited to introduce our new 2019 ALISE Conference sponsorship prospectus. We want to give you the first opportunity to take a look at our sponsor and exhibitor options and choose one that best fits your needs.

We anticipate more than 300 LIS educators, researchers, deans, directors, and students to attend this year's conference. Our program will be advertised to more than 3,000 LIS leaders all over the world.

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Call for ALISE Book Series Proposals

The ALISE Book Series, published by Rowman & Littlefield, addresses issues critical to Library and Information Science education and research through the publication of epistemologically grounded scholarly texts which are inclusive of regional and national contexts around the world. The series editors Jaya Raju and Dietmar Wolfram invite you to submit your proposals today. Visit the ALISE Book Series webpage for topic recommendations as well as guidelines. 

New Edition of JELIS Available

The newest issue of the Journal of Education for Library and Information Science (JELIS) is now available. You can access the current issue with your login or IP address site.

If you have any questions or concerns about accessing the journal, please contact UTP.

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Congratulations to the 2018 ALISE Award Winners

The ALISE Board of Directors is pleased to announce the 2018 ALISE Award Winners. These individuals exemplify the excellence that ALISE encourages and represents in the LIS community. Congratulations to all of our Award Winners! Award winner profiles will be updated on a rolling basis. View all award winners, on the awards page

Board Update from ALISE President, Heidi Julien

2018 Conference Wrap-Up

The 2018 Annual Conference was a huge success thanks to the tireless efforts of the conference organizers! Special thanks to Co-Chairs Peiling Wang and Shimelis Assefa, as well as all the others who ensured that the conference went smoothly. Thanks also to Andrew Estep, Karen Thompson, and Jack Head of SBI Association Management, who managed so much behind the scenes! We’re collecting conference photos, so if you have any to share, please post them at You can join this group and upload your photos.

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Congratulations to our New Editor of the ALISE Rowman & Littlefield Book Series

Following an open search process, we are very pleased to announce that Dietmar Wolfram, ALISE past-president, has been selected as the ALISE Book Series editor. ALISE has signed an agreement with the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing group to co-publish the series, which is intended to be a professionally relevant, scholarly series of publications on the historic, contemporary, and future roles, values, and practices of LIS education and research. It focuses on pedagogical experimentation and innovations, research discovery and frontiers, theoretical advancement, and other related topics of interest to the ALISE community. Please email your book ideas to Dietmar. Sincere thanks to Book Editor Selection Committee Cecilia Salvatore, Denice Adkins, and Rong Tang for their search and selection.

Congratulations to the New Editors of Journal of Education for Library and Information Science

Following an open search, the ALISE board appointed John Budd and Denice Adkins (both from University of Missouri) as co-editors of its official quarterly, refereed journal, Journal of Education for Library and Information Science (JELIS). The new co-editors will build on the success of the present editor, Peta Wellstead, and will lead in the advancement of knowledge by working with the Editorial Board and University of Toronto Press. They will work over the next months with Peta to “learn the ropes” and Peta will end her service as JELIS editor in September 2018. Sincere thanks to Linda Smith, Bharat Mehra, Keren Dali, Rong Tang, and Louise Spiteri (chair), who conducted our search for new JELIS editors.

New JELIS Partnership

The Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) is proud to announce that it has partnered with the internationally recognized University of Toronto Press to publish ALISE's flagship publication, the Journal of Education for Library and Information Science (JELIS), beginning with Volume 59 in 2018. Members should receive login information directly from the publisher. ALISE is also pleased to announce that JELIS will now be indexed by Scopus, the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. 

Since 1960, JELIS has promoted scholarly inquiry in library and information science (LIS) education. The journal serves as the premier venue for the publication of research articles, reviews, and brief communications on issues relevant to LIS educators. JELIS Editor Peta Wellstead welcomes submissions from the global LIS research community that focus on curriculum and pedagogy in LIS education. Submission guidelines for authors may be found on the ALISE website