Special Interest Groups

Special Interest Groups provide a vehicle for ALISE members to share ideas, plans, news, and opinions related to a particular area of interest. The groups are distinct from the usual committee structure in that participation is voluntary rather than appointive, and there is no obligation to produce anything. Special Interest Groups can parallel ALISE Standing Committees, but the two serve distinct functions and should guard against confusing these functions. Members of Standing Committees are appointed and are charged with specific tasks. Special Interest Groups are encouraged to hold discussion meetings for the exchange of ideas.

Information for SIG Conveners

Roles and Responsibilities Cluster

Assistant/Associate Deans & Directors

Andrew J.M. Smith

Doctoral Students

Elizabeth Hartnett

Part-time and Adjunct Faculty
PT/A SIG Mission and Charge

Jen Sweeney

Teaching and Learning Cluster


YooJin Ha
Linda Lillard

Distance Education

Suellen Adams

Innovative Pedagogies

Karen Miller
Rajesh Singh

Topics and Courses Cluster

Archival/Preservation Education

Rhonda Clark

Historical Perspectives

Jennifer Burek-Pierce
Susan Rathbun-Grubb

Gender Issues

Kristen Schuster
Lesley Farmer

Information Ethics

John Burgess
Emily Knox

Information Policy

Kelly Visnak

International Library Education

Denise Adkins
Rong Tang
Anthony Bernier
Kim Thompson

Multicultural, Ethnic, and Humanistic Concerns

Robin F. Kurz
Nicole A. Cooke


Pnina Fichman
Howard Rosenbaum

School Library Media

Karen Gavigan
Brenda Pruitt-Annisette

Technical Services Education

Maurine McCourry
Karen Snow

Youth Services

Cindy Welch
Melanie Kimball