DLIS wishes to congratulate Dr. Shari Lee for receiving the 2014 ALISE/Norman Horrocks Leadership Award.
ALISE, the Association for Library Information Science Education, “promotes innovation and excellence in research, teaching and service for educators and scholars in library information science – through leadership, collaboration, advocacy and dissemination of research.” This group formed through informal gatherings of library school faculty at ALA conferences in the early 20th century. Permanently established in 1915, ALISE became a place for educators to share ideas and talk about current issues and problems in the field.
The Norman Horrocks Leadership Award is presented to a new ALISE member that best demonstrates leadership in professional activities. This award may not be given annually, if no applicant is deserving of the $500 and certificate awarded to winners. This year, Dr. Lee received the award for the multitude of work and effort she has put into ALISE since first beginning work as a doctoral student in 2008. Dr. Olson was in attendance to witness the presentation of the award.
Dr. Lee began working with ALISE as a co-convener for Multicultural, Ethnic and Humanistic Concern,s a special interest group, (MEHC SIG) and maintained this position for three years. From her work with MEHC SIG, Dr. Lee’s interests cascaded into a desire to shape diversity within this organization. Her biggest contribution to ALISE was her efforts in developing the ALISE statement on diversity, the President’s program, “a two-part program examining diversity within ALISE and LIS education, from a historical vantage point and with a future outlook.” Dr. Lee has also been a judge of the doctoral poster presentation competitions.
“I love ALISE, I’ve gone every year since 2008,” Dr. Lee remarked, “it is an opportunity to give back to people that care about the field.” She has grown to love watching the organization change and evolve and contemplates how she too has changed since joining the organization, noting an overall more fun outlook on the programs, meetings and work. The annual ALISE conference, aligned with the ALA Midwinter Conference, presents a great networking opportunity. Dr. Lee enjoys the occasion most by talking with doctoral students, new LIS professionals and pretenure professors. So much so, she says, that in one instance she got so caught up in discussions with students that she forgot to attend dinner with St. John’s own Dr. Rioux. Dr. Lee looks forward to continued participation in the growth and development of ALISE through the coming years.