ALISE 2021 Virtual Annual Conference

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Annual Business Meeting


Crafting a Resilient Future: Leadership, Education, & Inspiration

September 20-24, 2021


Sessions On-Demand
Recordings of all conference sessions are now accessible via the virtual conference platform. Recordings will be available up to 90 days post conference. Click here to access the virtual conference platform.


The ALISE Board of Directors has made the decision to transition this year’s conference into a fully virtual format.  To learn more about this transition, read the Important Update on the Conference Status by the President of ALISE.

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.

The call to action is clear: LIS educators and professionals are faced with re-engineering our standard operating procedures in order to become viable in our rapidly changing environments. Plans must be made for resilience on all fronts for our own well-being, organizational health, curriculum, and scholarship of teaching. For LIS education to thrive both in the near term and into the future, we need to address the disruptions caused by the 2020 pandemic, shifts in enrollment, institutional reconfigurations and consolidation, demand for more curricular offerings and in online modalities, and the information profession’s need for more agile information professionals who are adept at navigating the ever-changing political, social, economic, technological, and environmental landscapes.

We ask, what efforts are LIS programs making to evolve so they are ready to tackle these challenges and ensure sustainability? How is the LIS curriculum changing and how is it preparing resilient information professionals with the leadership and practical skills needed for the future? What will the future of LIS education look like and what initiatives, research, and innovations are needed to achieve a sustainable future? The ALISE 2021 Annual Conference invites conference participants to share their ideas, initiatives, and research on teaching and learning, policy, and pedagogy that will help craft a resilient and sustainable future for LIS education and the information professions. 

The ALISE 2021 conference is intended to encourage engagement across the globe from those in library and information science, as well as those in a wide variety of cognate fields who wish to share their vision for education, for teaching and learning, for pedagogy, and for research through an international lens.

We would like to reiterate that our ALISE 2021 conference theme “Crafting a Resilient Future: Leadership, Education, & Inspiration” is intended to focus on recuperation and leadership in changing times and contexts. Resilience is fundamentally the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties, and we are aware that the past year has explored its own range of difficulties—some at the personal level, some at the organizational level--and affecting work-life, home-life, economic-life, political-life, mental and physical health-life, social and cultural life, and so many other facets of our own lived experiences as people and as LIS Educators and Professionals.

We welcome contrary viewpoints and encourage any response to the conference theme or the concepts of resilience via proposal submission to ensure we have meaningful dialog at the conference.

Conference Programing Planning Committee Co-chairs:

Dr. Sue Alman, San Jose State University

Dr. Kim Thompson, University of South Carolina

Conference Questions

For all logistics, EasyChair, lodging, and conference management questions, contact Sara Aldrich, ALISE's meeting planner.


Watch the ALISE September 2nd Webinar:

A Toolkit for Crafting a Resilient Future: Leadership, Education, & Inspiration

This webinar provides an introduction to the ALISE 2021 Annual Conference that highlights some of the presentations and a Resiliency Toolkit of resources that can be used to enhance personal and organizational resiliency.






Thank You to Our Sponsors & Exhibitors!!

Opening Reception & Works in Progress Poster Session
First Timer's Meeting, Placement Center


SJSU School of Information 

Council of Deans, Directors & Chairs Meeting
School Representatives' Meeting

Univ of ILL

School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 

Awards Ceremony

University of South Caolina

University of South Carolina School of Information Science

Plenary Presentation

USC Marshall

University of Southern California

Mobile App/Virtual Event Platform

Emporia State University

Emporia State University School of Library and Information Management

ALISE Academy

Simmons University

School of Library and Information Science, Simmons University


Doctoral Student Poster Session Reception Showcase Sponsor

Dominican University

Dominican University iSchool

 Doctoral Student Poster Session Reception Showcase Sponsor

Syracuse University

Syracuse University

Doctoral Student Poster Session Reception Showcase Sponsor

University of Buffalo

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Doctoral Student Poster Session Reception Showcase Sponsor

University of Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, School of Information Studies

Doctoral Student Poster Session Reception Showcase Sponsor

University of North Texas

University of North Texas-Department of Information Science

 Virtual Wellness Session

UTP Journals

University of Toronto Press Journals

Conference Sponsor


The Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)

Conference Sponsor





American Library Association


Rowman & Littlefield

Rowman & Littlefield

Placement Center

School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University

Friends of ALISE Table

The University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Studies

Friends of ALISE Table

The University of Chicago Press

Friends of ALISE Table

University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences