We are pleased to announce the ALISE 2015 Award Winners!

The ALISE Board of Directors is pleased to announce the 2015 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.

ALISE Award for Professional Contribution to Library and Information Science Education

Anne Gilliland, University of California Los Angeles

Anne Gilliland is a professor of Information Studies and Moving Image Archive Studies and chair of the UCLA Department of Information Studies. She is also the director of the Center for Information as Evidence and of the MLIS Specialization in Archival Studies program.

Anne Gilliland’s research in archival informatics concentrates on points where issues relating to record-keeping, accountability, enterprise and societal memory intersect with technology within and across organizational, community and disciplinary domains. At a broader level, her work examines how this area can be instrumental in building and furthering archival research, theory, professional practice and education as well as the archival role as it is perceived and is instrumental in society.

Gilliland has been an Honorary Professorial Research Fellow of the Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute, University of Glasgow (June 2002 to January 2003); an Elected Fellow of the Society of American Archivists (2000); a winner of the C.F.W. Coker Award for innovative development in archival description by the Encoded Archival Description Working Group, Society of American Archivists (September 1998) and a winner of the Margaret Cross Norton Award for best article published in Archival Issues (1994-1995).

ALISE Service Award

Lynne Howarth, University of Toronto

Lynne Howarth completed her Ph.D. in library and information science, was appointed to the Faculty in 1990, and served as Dean from 1995-2003. Prior to that she worked as cataloguing manager, and systems librarian at North York Public Library. She has taught cataloguing and classification at McGill University, "Principles of Information Management" at Ryerson University, and "Knowledge Access Management" at the OCLC Institute.

Recent publications include a series of articles on RDA: Resource Description and Access (with J. Weihs) in Cataloging & Classification Quarterly (2007-2009), “Creating Pathways to Memory: Enhancing Life Histories through Category Clusters” (paper for the 10th ISKO conference in 2008), “Visualizing Search Results from Metadata-Enabled Repositories in Cultural Domains” (with T. Miller; Springer-Verlag, 2006), "Guidelines for OPAC Displays" (2005), “Metadata and Bibliographic Control: Soul-mates or Two Solitudes?” (Cataloguing and Classification Quarterly 40, no. 3/4), “Designing a Language-Independent Search Prototype for Accessing Multilingual Resources from Metadata-Enabled Repositories” (paper for the Canadian Association for Information Science 2005 conference, with T. Miller), “Enabling Metadata: Creating Core Records for Resource Discovery” (paper for the World Library and Information Congress: 70th IFLA General Conference and Council, 2005), and “A Metadata Framework for Designing Subject Gateways” (2004).

SSHRCC-funded research has supported "Modelling Technical Services in Libraries" (1993-1997), "Towards More Useful Bibliographic Displays" (with J. Cherry, 1994-1998), "Modelling a Metalevel Ontology" (1999-2003), "Connecting Metadata-enabled Multilingual Resources" (2003-2007)., and a current project, “Creating Pathways to Memory” (2008-2011).

She is a member of the Canadian Committee on Cataloguing, the IFLA Classification and Indexing Section, the IFLA Working Group on Metadata Schemes, and the ISBD Review Group (IFLA). She holds an affiliation as Distinguished Researcher in Information Organization at the School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

LJ/ALISE Excellence in Teaching Award

Paul Jaeger, University of Maryland

Paul T. Jaeger, Ph.D., J.D., is Associate Professor and Diversity Officer of the College of Information Studies and Co-Director of the Information Policy and Access Center at the University of Maryland. Dr. Jaeger’s research focuses on the ways in which law and public policy shape information behavior, particularly for underserved populations. He is the author of more than one hundred and twenty-five journal articles and book chapters, along with seven books. His most recent books are Information Worlds: Social Context, Technology, & Information Behavior in the Age of the Internet (Routledge, 2010) with Gary Burnett; and Public Libraries and the Internet: Roles, Perspectives, and Implications (Libraries Unlimited, 2011) with John Carlo Bertot and Charles R. McClure; and Disability and the Internet: Confronting a Digital Divide (Lynne Rienner, 2012). His research has been funded by the Institute of Museum & Library Services, the National Science Foundation, the American Library Association, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, among others. Dr. Jaeger is Co-Editor of Library Quarterly, Co-Editor of the Information Policy Book Series from MIT Press, and Associate Editor of Government Information Quarterly.

ALISE/Pratt-Severn Faculty Innovation Award

Eric Meyers, University of British Columbia

Eric M. Meyers is an Assistant Professor at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS) at the University of British Columbia, where he teaches and conducts research on the information practices of young people in academic and everyday contexts. Eric’s research interests lie at the intersection of information science, the learning sciences, and new media studies, with a focus on collaborative information use and meaning making in social situations. A former K-12 teacher, school librarian and technologist, Eric consults with a wide range of institutions and professionals regarding information services, youth programming, learning spaces, and technology-enriched curricula. He has published journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers on information behavior, school library programs, and research methods with young people. His current research, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) focuses on how early adolescents make decisions to use or reject information in the context of their daily lives.

Eric has been widely recognized for his scholarship on the information practices of today’s youth. Among his honors, he was named to the inaugural cohort of HASTAC Scholars in the Digital Humanities (2008-09), and recognized with the 2008 Jesse H. Shera Award by the Library Research Roundtable of the American Library Association for distinguished published research. His dissertation on information problem solving in the middle school science classroom won the 2012 ALISE/ Eugene Garfield Dissertation Prize. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan, a Master of Arts in Education from Stanford University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Information Science from the University of Washington.


2015 Annual Conference Awards/Grants

ALISE Diversity Travel Award

Patrick Sifuentes, Dominican University

Patrick Sifuentes is a first-generation master’s student. Originally from the Texas gulf coast region, he started at Sam Houston State University where he worked in the Music Library listening room. Patrick then transferred to Loyola University New Orleans to complete his BM in music. At Loyola, he was the evening and weekend student supervisor of the Music Library. He is now in the GSLIS program at Dominican University.

ALA Spectrum Travel to ALISE Conference Award

Nik Dragovic, New York University

Nik holds a M.S. in Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute and a B.A. in Journalism, Sociology, Law and Society from New York University.  Nik is an ALA Spectrum Scholar, Pratt SILS Merit Scholarship Recipient, Gates Millennium Scholar, NYU Dean’s Undergraduate Research Fund Grant Recipient, and NYU CAS Presidential Honors Scholar.  Nik is actively in the American Library Association, Special Libraries Association, Archivists Roundtable, and Progressive Librarians Guild. He was recently selected as a 2015 ALA Emerging Leader.

ALISE / University of Washington Information School Youth Services Graduate Student Travel Award

Rachel Magee, Drexel University

Doctoral Student to ALISE Award

Liya Deng, University of South Carolina

Liya Deng is a doctoral student and cultural heritage informatics leadership fellow at the School of Library and Information Science. Her research agenda lies at the interpenetration of culture and information technology, focusing on the impact of modern technologies on the preservation and dissemination of cultural heritage through the creation of digital libraries, archives, and museums.

Deng is particularly interested in studying the complex relationship between innovative technologies and conventional library practices in designing information products for a global audience. Her specific teaching and research interests include digital libraries, digital preservation, user interface design and evaluation, information technology and organization design and inquiry-based learning in library and information science education.

ALISE/Jean Tague Sutcliffe Doctoral Student Research Poster Competition

To be named at the ALISE 2015 Annual Conference


2015 ALISE Research Awards/Grants


ALISE / Connie Van Fleet Award for Research Excellence in Public Library Services to Adults

Keren Dali, The University of Western Ontario

Keren Dali is at the Faculty of Information & Media Studies, Western University, where she is working on the SSHRC-funded study of Spanish-speaking immigrant readers, comparing reading practices of immigrants in Toronto and NYC. She previously taught for four years at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, winning the inaugural Outstanding Instructor Award in 2013. She is an author and co-author of 22 peer-reviewed publications in the field of LIS, which focus on the reading experience, multicultural communities, immigration, readers’ advisory, and international fiction. She’s is also a co-author of a reference volume Contemporary World Fiction: A Guide to Literature in Translation. Simultaneously, Keren is leading the creation of a web-based bibliography on bibliotherapy, a project funded by the ALA Carnegie-Whitney grant, and researching the application of Carl Rogers’ humanistic approach to education in the context of LIS programs.

ALISE Research Grant Competition

Julie Marie Frye, Indiana University
Maria Hasler-Barker, Sam Houston State University

ALISE/Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Competition

Kyong Eun Oh, Rutgers University

Kyong Eun Oh joined the Simmons SLIS faculty in the fall of 2013. She earned her Ph.D. at Rutgers University, School of Communication & Information. She received her M.A. in Library & Information Science from Yonsei University, and B.A. in English Language & Literature as well as Library & Information Science from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea.

Kyong Eun Oh's research interests include information organization, personal information management, and the influence of technology and society on information behavior. In her dissertation research, she explored the process of organizing personal information from a cognitive sociological perspective, and developed a model that explains the process. She has been involved in a number of funded research projects including those funded by National Science Foundation (NSF), Hewlett-Packard (HP) technology, Center for Executive Leadership in Government (CELG), and Korea Research Foundation (KRF).

Her teaching areas are information organization, information technology, and research methods. She has taught Metadata for Information Professionals and Application of Research in Information Technology at Rutgers University. She teaches Information Organization and Technology for Information Professionals at Simmons. She is currently on the governing board of Dublin Core and also serves as the reviewer of the JASIS&T.

ALISE/ProQuest Methodology Paper Competition

Leslie Thomson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

ALISE/LMC Paper Award

Mega Subramaniam, Beth St. Jean, Natalie Greene Taylor, Rebecca Follman & Christie Kodama
University of Maryland College of Information Studies
Dana Casciotti
National Library of Medicine

OCLC/ALISE Library and Information Science Research Grant Program

Matthew Griffis, Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi
School of Library and Information Science
Project title: “The "Place" of the Librarian in Deskless Library: Do Roaming Reference Spatial Models Create a More User-Centered Library?”

Jin Ha Lee, Ph.D.,University of Washington
The Information School
Project title: “Appeal Factors: Enabling Crossmedia Advisory Services”

Eric Meyers, Ph.D., University of British Columbia
School of Library, Archival and Information Studies – The iSchool @UBC
Project title: “Easy as Pi: Developing Computational Thinking in the Public Library”