ALISE 2016 has ended
The ALISE 2016 Conference theme of “Radical Change: Inclusion and Innovation” celebrates the far reaching impact of Eliza T. Dresang’s work. The conference welcomes contributions that explore inclusive practices and innovative strategies in teaching and research, with special interest for Cultural Diversity, Digital Societies, Intellectual Freedom, Social Justice and International Resources.

Our logo for the conference is the metamorphosis of a caterpillar to a butterfly. This is a great symbol of radical change and transformation. Although the caterpillar and the butterfly exist in the same environment, each has its own perception and understanding of the world. As the caterpillar prepares for transformation, it must build the chrysalis, which acts as protection and change agent. When the radical change is completed, the butterfly emerges from the chrysalis into a new world, one of amazing potential and opportunity. The radical transformation and change allows the caterpillar to move beyond its small environment as a beautiful butterfly excited and ready to see and learn about its brave new world. 

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Sandra Hirsh

San Jose State University
Associate Dean for Academics
San Jose, CA
Dr. Sandra Hirsh is Associate Dean for Academics in the College of Professional and Global Education at San José State University. She previously served as Professor and Director of the School of Information at San José State University for ten years from 2010-2020. Prior to joining the School as Director, she worked in the Silicon Valley for more than a decade at major technology companies: Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, and LinkedIn. As an industry user experience researcher, leader, and manager, she contributed to R&D research projects and influenced the user experience of web, mobile, and TV consumer products resulting in 2 U.S. patents and 3 patent applications. She has published two editions of her book, Information Services Today: An Introduction, with Rowman & Littlefield. In November 2019, she published a book Blockchain, as book 3 in the ALA Library Futures Series. She has held numerous leadership roles in professional associations, including serving as President of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) – a position she is currently serving – and as Past President of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T). She is also active in the American Library Association, currently serving on ALA Council and as a an advisory board member for the ALA Center for the Future of Libraries, and in IFLA, currently serving on the standing committee for Continuing Professional Development & Workplace Learning. She co-founded and co-chairs the global virtual Library 2.0 conference series. She holds both a bachelor's degree and Ph.D. from UCLA and a MLIS degree from the University of Michigan.