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.

The 2018 ALISE conference has published proceedings (ISSN 2573-2269) deposited in the Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS). You can access them on the website now. The proceedings are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Our new Board members started their terms at the 2018 conference. As a reminder, here they are: 
President-Elect, Stephen Bajjaly, Wayne State University 
Secretary-Treasurer, Heather Moulaison Sandy, University of Missouri
Director of Special Interest Groups, Nicole Cooke, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Heartfelt thanks to outgoing board members Louise Spiteri, Leanne Bowler, and Denice Adkins. Their service has been thoughtful, tireless, and very much appreciated.

2019 Conference Preparation – Mark Your Calendar!

Our 2019 conference has been moved to the fall to better accommodate the faculty hiring cycle and to protect our financial situation. ALISE can no longer afford to meet in the cities selected by ALA for their Midwinter conference. The theme of the 2019 conference will be Exploring learning in a global information context, and it is scheduled for September 24-26 in Knoxville, TN. Calls for contributions can be found on the ALISE website

The 2019 Conference Committee members include:
Conference Co-Chairs, Gary Burnett and Diane Kelly
Juried Papers Co-Chairs, John Budd and Jeonghyun (Annie) Kim
Panel (Juried & SIG) Co-Chairs, Kyle Jones, and Linda Lillard
ALISE Jean Tague Sutcliffe Doctoral Poster Competition Committee Co-chairs, Eric Myers, and Paulette Kerr
ALISE Academy Co-Chairs, Marie Radford, and Mary Cavanagh
Work in Progress Posters Co-Chairs, Matthew Griffis, and Beth St. Jean

Maintain your ALISE Membership

With the shift in timing for the 2019 conference, it will be critical for ALISE members to renew their memberships when due, rather than waiting to renew with conference registration. The work of ALISE will continue throughout the period between conferences and your support is critical to the continued viability of the association.

ALISE Statistics Task Force

Louise Spiteri (Dalhousie), Mary Stansbury (Denver), and Linda Swain (Florida State) have generously agreed to review the ALISE Statistical Report. We are seeking ways to ensure that the data requested matches the needs of our members and that the process of data collection and entry is efficient and convenient. Please forward your feedback about the ALISE Statistics to Louise Spiteri, chair of the Task Force.

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.

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.

Strategic Progress

The ALISE board continues to focus its efforts on implementing the 2017–2020 Strategic Plan, which is focused on four strategic directions:

  • Lead in the highest quality library and information science education and research
  • Promote pedagogical excellence at all levels of education
  • Expand and grow the membership base
  • Effectively manage the fiscal operations of ALISE

The board has been making solid progress on achieving these objectives. We have made efforts to increase the international membership of ALISE, to build connections with cognate disciplines, and to organize webinars or conference sessions specific to leadership development.

Member News

We encourage ALISE members to send us your news so it can be featured on our website. Please send news to Cecilia Salvatore, ALISE membership director.

ALISE Social Media

Don't forget to follow us on Twitter (@alisehq) and Facebook. Keep up to date with developments on our website.

Respectfully Submitted, 

Heidi Julien
ALISE President, 2018–2019

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