Alabama SLIS at ALISE 2020

The Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) 2020 Annual Conference moved from Pittsburgh to online due to COVID-19 concerns. The move to virtual shifted the conference dates to October 12-23. SLIS faculty are well-represented in the conference program:

Dr. John Burgess (Assistant Professor) will be speaking in a special interest group on Wednesday, October 21 from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM on “Where Do We Stand? Working Toward an ALISE Position Statement on Learning Analytics in Higher Education (Information Ethics SIG).” Later in the afternoon, Dr. Burgess will be presenting a juried paper from 2:50 – 4:10 PM, titled “Using Investigative Video Games to Teach Reference Transaction Skills in Interconnected Classrooms,” a project he completed with MLIS graduate Anna Grace Wallace.

Director Jim Elmborg (Professor) will be presenting with Dr. Bharat Mehra and Dr. Jeff Weddle (Associate Professor) on Wednesday, October 21 from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM on a juried panel on “Poetry and the Voice of LIS Educators: Transforming the Fabric of Lives and More.” Director Elmborg also serves as co-chair of the 2020-2021 ALISE Council of Deans, Directors and Program Chairs.
Dr. Hengyi Fu (Assistant Professor) served as a ALISE 2020 proposal reviewer.

Dr. Bharat Mehra (Professor & EBSCO Endowed Chair in Social Justice) will be speaking in a special interest group on Monday, October 19 from 3:40 – 5:40 PM on “Innovative Teaching Strategies and Conventional Approaches for Enhanced Learning in a Global Information Environment.” On Tuesday, October 20, Dr. Mehra will be part of a juried panel, “Connecting Rural Public Libraries to LIS Education and Research: The Case of Health Services, Programs, and Partnerships” from 12:30 – 2:00 PM. Later in the afternoon, Dr. Mehra will be speaking in a special interest group from 2:50 – 4:50 PM on “Transforming LIS Education Through Disability Inclusion (Disabilities in LIS SIG).” Dr. Mehra also serves as a co-chair for the ALISE Academy, a co-chair for the Community Conn@ct Mini-Grants selection committee and will serve as a virtual host for the conference.

Dr. Mehra and doctoral student Baheya Jaber have a digital poster presentation along with Dr. Carol Perryman that will be available through the duration of the conference, titled “Womens’ Lives: Illustrative Information Support Services for Meeting Womens’ Health Information Needs in Rural Public Libraries in Texas and Alabama.”

Dr. Miriam Sweeney (Associate Professor) will be part of a juried panel on Wednesday, October 21 from 5:00 – 6:30 PM on “Critical Data Approaches to the Interconnected Library.”