January 30, 2018

Faculty and doctoral students from the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) will be active contributors to the 2018 ALISE Annual Conference


Dean Gary Marchionini will participate in a panel focused on undergraduate programs at iSchools during the Council of Deans, Directors, and Program Chairs Luncheon Meeting, Wednesday, Feb. 7.

Dr. Claudia Gollop will be presented the ALISE Award for Professional Contribution at the Awards Luncheon, Thursday, Feb. 8, 12:15 – 1:30 pm -
The award is presented to ALISE members for regular and sustained service that promotes and strengthens the broad areas of library and information science education through the holding of appropriate offices and positions within the profession.

Dr. Sandra Hughes Hassell will be part of the “Teaching for Justice” panel, Thursday, Feb. 8, 10:30am – 12pm -   
The panel is based on the 2017 publication Teaching for Justice (Cooke & Sweeney, 2017), which was written as a response to the rising awareness amongst Library and Information Science (LIS) educators of the need to actively integrate social justice frameworks, values, and strategies into LIS teaching practices and curricula as a foundation for training the next generation of just and critically-minded library and information professionals. It will feature 10-minute lightning talks from several Teaching for Justice chapter contributors; each speaker will describe their chapter and how they employ social justice in the LIS classroom. All of the speakers have experience teaching either a stand-alone course related to social justice or otherwise infuse social justice principles and frameworks across the LIS curriculum in their courses.

Dr. Amelia Gibson will be part of two panels:

  • "Autism Spectrum Disorder and iSchools: Expanding the Possibilities through Research," Friday, Feb. 9, 8:30–10:00am -
    Panel includes Dr. Dana Hanson-Baldauf (PhD ’13), SILS Research Associate
    LIS researchers and practitioners have a long history of working to understand and serve the needs of their communities. The prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a neurodevelopmental disorder marked by social and communicative impairments, now measured at approximately 1 in 68 children (Baio, 2014), makes this is a growing segment of every community, whose specific needs are yet to be adequately addressed. Recognizing the need for research in this area, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recently awarded grants to two iSchools to study the intersection of information services and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This interactive panel will describe what researchers are doing to address information needs and improve services for those with and impacted by autism. Additionally, this panel seeks to increase awareness among LIS educators of the complexities of serving this growing population, as well as the importance of including it in library school curricula.
  • “Multicultural, Ethnic, and Humanistic Concerns SIG: A Critical Dialogue: Faculty of Color in LIS,” Thursday, Feb. 8, 2:30pm -
    Inspired by the recent article, A Critical Dialogue: Faculty of Color in Library and Information Science (Ceja et al. 2017), the MEHC SIG proposes a panel composed of LIS faculty of color who will share brief stories of what it’s like to be a faculty member of color in LIS, and they will put forth truths they would like the rest of the field and professoriate to know about their experiences and concerns. This will be an informally produced, but powerful, panel of stories that will shed light on the experiences of faculty of color while also generating discussion and avenues for support and advocacy.


Works in Progress Poster Showcase and Reception, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 6:30-9:00pm -

Elliot Hauser, John Martin, and SILS adjunct faculty member Larry Jones"Teaching Information Tools on the Command Line: UNC’s INLS 161"

Elliot Hauser“Python programming, version control and professional collaboration for MSIS students"

Megan Threats“Closing the Knowledge-Behavior Gap: Sexual Health Information Behaviors and the Adoption of HIV Protective and Risk Reduction Behaviors among Young, Black Men Who Have Sex With Men”

Doctoral Student Research Poster Session and Reception, Thursday, Feb. 8, 7-8:00pm -

Samantha Kaplan – “The everyday life and health information practices of a natural immunity advocate"

Sarah Beth Nelson"Safe for Whom? Censorship and Safety on the Reality Storytelling Stage"

Sarah Ramdeen"Information seeking behavior of geologists when searching for physical samples"

Leslie Thomson – “My audience is me: Embodied sensibility when creating the serious beauty and lifestyle YouTube video”