Library Journal / ALISE Excellence in Teaching Award


The Library Journal (LJ) / ALISE Excellence in Teaching Award, sponsored by Rowman & Littlefield, recognizes excellence in educating the next generation of library and information professionals. This annual award merges the two teaching awards previously presented by ALISE, LJ and honors the winning LIS educator with a complimentary annual ALISE membership and registration to the ALISE annual conference, a celebration at the ALISE annual conference, an article in LJ in the November 15 issue, and a $3,000 prize.

Sponsored by Rowman & Littlefield

Please note that his award is not administered by ALISE, but through Library Journal.


Cindy Welch, University of Tennessee 

Jury Members

ALISE Representative #2: Rajesh Singh, St. John's University
Library Journal Representative #1: Rebecca Miller
Library Journal Representative #2: Patricia Galloway, Texas
Rowan & Littlefield Representative: Charles Harmon

Board Liaison

Cecilia Salvatore, Dominican University, Director of Membership Services - [email protected]

Award Criteria

  • Illustrates student-centered thinking in all aspects of teaching
  • Contributions to curriculum design which demonstrate subject expertise and the ability to integrate new developments in library and information science
  • Has track record as a career builder: is a mentor and recognizes relationship to students can be career-long
  • Communicates the core principles of the library and information profession, such as intellectual freedom, privacy, and a belief in the value of libraries and information work
  • Effectively integrates theory, practice, research, and innovative teaching methods, infusing teaching with real-life library and information practice
  • Is forward thinking: keeps up with cutting-edge issues in the profession and in teaching, including those dealing with technology and its uses in the library field.


Anyone who has taught a course at an ALISE-member program or at an ALA-accredited master’s program since Fall 2015, as full-time faculty or as an adjunct, is eligible.

Nominations Requirements

  • Students or recent graduates and faculty members are encouraged to nominate candidates. Students must have taken a class from the nominee within the past two years.
  • Candidates will be evaluated primarily on the basis of the nominating letter (no more than two pages in length or email equivalent), and nominators are welcome to submit letters of support and supplementary material (examples of coursework, CV, etc.) for the judges to consider.

Winner Responsibilities

The award winner is expected to participate in an ALISE presentation, a webinar, and service on the following year’s Award Committee. The winner will be asked to present on cutting edge issues in library education at the ALISE conference as part of the award. 

Submission Process

All submissions must be entered via the ALISE 2019 submission system at First-time users will be required to register and create an account. Select the relevant track for your submission: ALISE 2019 Awards. Then select the type of submission: LJ/ALISE Excellence in Teaching Award.

Committee Membership

  • The Committee consists of five members. 
  • 2 ALISE members (selected by the President-Elect)
  • 2 Library Journal representatives (selected by Library Journal)
  • 1 publisher representative (selected by Rowman & Littlefield)
  • Members serve for two years.
  • The Chair must be one of the Library Journal representatives, and is selected by Library Journal. The Chair holds this position for one year.
  • The Committee reports to the Director of Membership Service

Previous Winners:
2018 - Renee Hill, University of Maryland
2017 - Jenna Hartel, University of Toronto
2016 - Patricia Galloway, University of Texas at Austin
2015 - Paul Jaeger, University of Maryland

Nominations Guidelines >>