2020 ALISE Leadership Academy

January 30-31, 2020 | Palm Desert, CA

Agenda | Registration | Hotel & Travel


Join ALISE for the 2nd annual Leadership Academy, January 30-31, 2020 in sunny Palm Desert, California. The Academy is intended for all prospective leaders in library and information science - the confident, the hesitant, and the curious. The event will feature content relevant to first time attendees and to those who participated in 2019.

Vision 2020: Leading in a Constantly Changing World

The theme for this year’s Leadership Academy is “Vision 2020: Leading in a Constantly Changing World.” Based on feedback from LIS program leaders and past participants, this Leadership Academy will focus on developing your vision for what you plan to accomplish in 2020 and in the future. The Academy will also cover topics to help you succeed as a leader: team building, peer leadership, dealing with conflict, and setting priorities.

Why Attend?

The objective of the Academy is to create communities within library and information science 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, reflect on their learnings from the past year, and to gain new insights to deploy in 2020.

Academy Organizers and Speakers

Dr. Sandy Hirsh

Dr. Hirsh has served as Professor and Director of the School of Information at San Jose State University since 2010. She is President Elect of ALISE and a past president of ASIS&T.

Dr. Stephen Bajjaly

Dr. Bajjaly recently completed 11 years as the Associate Dean and Director of the Wayne State School of Information Sciences.  Prior to that, he held a variety of faculty leadership positions at the University of South Carolina.  Stephen is the President of ALISE.

Dr. Lisa O'Connor

Dr. O'Connor currently chairs the Library & Information Studies program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her previous leadership experience includes coordinating assessment for the Library & Information Science program at the University of Kentucky, managing the Information Literacy Instruction program at Kent State University and chairing a variety of professional association committees.  

Dr. Michele Villagran

Dr. Villagran is an Assistant Professor with the School of Information at San Jose State University. She also serves as CEOC of CulturalCo, LLC consulting in areas of cultural competency, diversity and inclusion, conflict resolution, and emotional intelligence.



Thursday, January 30

8:30 - 9:30 am   Session 1: Welcome and Introductions     
9:30 - 10:00 am   Morning break    
10:00 am - 12:00 pm  

Session 2: What do you want to accomplish?

  Dr. Villagran
12 - 1:30 pm   Lunch    
1:30 - 3:00 pm  

Session 3: How do you accomplish your goals?

  Dr. O'Connor
3:00 - 3:30 pm   Afternoon break    
3:30 - 5:00 pm    Session 4: How do you deal with challenges?   Dr. Bajjaly











Friday, January 31

8:30 - 10:00 am   

Session 5: How do you fit it all together?

   Dr. Hirsh
10:00 - 10:30 am   Morning break    
10:30 am - 12:00 pm   Session 6: Wrap Up and Next Steps    



Registration closed January 29, 2020. No onsite registration is available.

Registration Rates



Early Bird

By December 2



December 3-January 29

ALISE Personal Member 

















Payment is required to complete registration. Payment may be made via Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or via check (payable to ALISE). Payments must be in US dollars and free of bank charges. 

Onsite Registration

Advance registration is required, onsite registration is not available.



45-400 Larkspur Ln
Palm Desert, CA 92260


Reservations may be booked online. When making your reservation online, select the check in and check out dates. Rooms are available the nights of January 29 and 30, 2020. Additional nights prior to or after the Leadership Academy may be available at the ALISE rate of $175 per night, rooms are limited. If you encounter any issues booking additional nights, contact [email protected] and provide your desired check in and out dates, after you make your initial reservation for the nights of January 29 and 30, 2020. 

Should you prefer to make your reservation via phone or require any assistance with your reservation, contact the Marriott reservation line at (760) 340-9001. Please reference "ALISE Leadership Academy" to receive the discounted group rate.

The cutoff date to reserve your hotel at the discounted group rate is January 15, 2020.

Room Rates

The group rate is $175 per night (Premier Balcony King room).

The per night rates do not include applicable state and local taxes, currently 14.187%. Upon check in at the hotel, the $36 Destination Fee will be waived for those who book within the group. Included amenities:

  • Complimentary underground valet parking
  • Local-area shuttle
  • 30% discount on pricing at Desert Willow Golf Resort
  • High-speed Wi-Fi in guest rooms and hotel public space
  • Access to pool and whirlpool
  • 24-hour fitness center
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Bike rentals
  • Lawn games




Palm Springs International Airport

Located approximately 12 miles from Hotel Paseo, the airport is serviced by Air Canada, Alaska, Allegiant, American Airlines, Delta, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue, and United. 

Greater Palm Springs

Learn more about the Greater Palm Springs area before you arrive. Become familiar with the city of Palm Desert and the surrounding area.


General Information


All cancellations must be submitted in writing via email to the ALISE office at [email protected]. Cancellations received before 11:59 pm on December 20, 2019, are subject to a $50 fee. After December 20, 2019, ALISE will offer refunds only for documented medical emergencies. Refunds will be processed within 6 weeks after the conference.

Photo & Video Policy

Photographs and videos of attendees are taken at ALISE programs. By registering for an ALISE program, you are giving ALISE permission to take your photograph or video and use it with or without your knowledge and permission on ALISE promotional material, including but not limited to, our newsletters and conference materials, social media, publications, and our website.

Guests Attendance

All attendees must be registered at the prevailing rate and wear their badges while onsite.


Upon completion of the online registration process you will receive a confirmation email within minutes. Please print the confirmation for your records.

Dietary Requirements

ALISE strives to address all reasonable dietary requirements of our conference attendees. Upon registration for the event, please make sure to answer the question about specific allergies so that the registration system can capture your responses and specific information.

Special Accommodations

If you have a legal disability or require special accommodations please indicate your needs during online registration. Please describe your needs in detail. Please indicate any mobility concerns on your registration form or call the ALISE office at 978-674-6190 with your needs. ALISE must receive your request by December 20, 2019.


Contact the ALISE office with any registration and conference related questions at [email protected] or 978-674-6190.