The Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) is now accepting proposals for its 2012 Doctoral Dissertation Award Competition.

Up to two outstanding dissertations completed between December 15, 2009 and June 30, 2012 will be selected. Each winner will receive $500, plus a 2012 conference registration and personal membership in ALISE for 2013. Winners of the Dissertation Competition will present a summary of their work at the 2013 ALISE annual meeting.

Doctoral students who have recently graduated in any field of study, or who will have completed their dissertations by the above deadline, are invited to enter the award competition. Dissertations must deal with substantive issues related to library and information science, but applicants may be from within or outside library and information sciences programs.

Electronic submission of documents via email is required. Confirmations of receipt will be sent via email.

Email to: Elizabeth Figa, Ph.D.,
Chair, ALISE/ Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Competition
Phone:  940-368-8163

Complete information and specifications are located here:  Specifications

Elizabeth Figa, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
University of North Texas

College of Information
Department of Library and Information Sciences
1155 Union Circle 311068
Denton, TX  76203-5017
Phone:  940-368-8163

ALISE Service Award: Call for Nominations.
The ALISE Service Award Committee is soliciting nominations for this award, to be presented at the 2013 annual conference to be held in Seattle.

A nominee for this award should:

·         Be a current member of ALISE;

·         Demonstrate evidence of regular and sustained service to ALISE through the holding of various offices and positions within the organization or fulfilling specific responsibilities for the organization;

·         Demonstrate participation  in activities which have enhanced the stature, reputation, and overall strength of ALISE;

·         Have represented ALISE to other appropriate organizations, institutions, or governmental agencies.

The nomination package should consist of:

·         A nomination letter describing the way the nominee fulfills the criteria stated above;

·         Appropriate supporting documentation such as letters of support that address the criteria listed above;

·         Evidence that demonstrates how the nominee meets the criteria, such as a CV of the nominee or a description of his/her appropriate activities and contributions.

Nomination packages must be received electronically no later than July 15, 2012.  Attachments in Word are preferred.   
Send nominations to Linda R. Most, Valdosta State:

Thank you,

Linda R. Most, Committee Chair

2013 ALISE Annual Conference

Always the Beautiful Question: Inquiry Supporting Teaching, Research, and Professional Practice

Tuesday, January 22 through Friday, January 25—Seattle, WA


Proposals are requested for the 2013 ALISE Annual Conference for Juried Papers, Juried Panels, SIG Sessions, Doctoral Student Posters, and Works in Progress Posters.

The conference theme is “Always the Beautiful Question: Inquiry Supporting Teaching, Research, and Professional Practice.” The desire to know provides the fuel essential to effective learning and teaching, theory and research, and improvements in professional practice. The processes that support finding out include a variety of behaviors that range from conscious and deliberate investigation, to passive information gathering, to serendipitous information acquisition, to information pushed in from outside sources. Likewise, there are many different ways of knowing and methods of finding out. This year’s theme celebrates the role of questions in library and information science and seeks to explicate how questions are conceptualized, leveraged, pursued, and harnessed by LIS educators and researchers. The focus on questions encourages exploration of pedagogical strategies, theory development, research methods, and the evaluation of information resources, practices, services, and systems.

The calls, with specific instructions for submission, are available on the ALISE website:

Please note the following deadlines:

Juried Paper Proposals: July 15

Juried Panel Proposals: July 15

SIG Session Proposals: July 15

Doctoral Student Poster Proposals: October 1

Works in Progress Poster Proposals: October 1

We look forward to an outstanding ALISE Conference in Seattle.


Heidi Julien and Don Latham
2013 ALISE Conference Co-chairs