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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Aisha M. Johnson

University of North Florida
head of Special Collections and Archives
As a graduate student, Johnson investigated diversity needs in the field of Library and Information Science, which sparked her commitment to improve the field’s diversity needs and conditions of small repository archives. Johnson has a permanent dedication to uncovering the library service history of those less represented. In 2011, her article, “Service to African Americans,” in The American Public Library Handbook, emphasized the African-American struggle to access the library structure and the book collections. Through internships and an IMLS fellowship, Johnson is a trained Archivist who has processed unique archival collections at Florida State University, Florida A&M University, Fisk University, and the University of North Florida consisting of primary resources and rare materials.

As a PhD Candidate in Information Studies, she examined southern public library history within African-American history. Aisha began research on the Julius Rosenwald Fund Library Program while working on her doctoral dissertation at Florida State University, titled Developing Southern Libraries to Influence the Life of the African-American User: An Exploratory, Archival Analysis. The study unveiled the variety of approaches and library practices the Julius Rosenwald Fund Library Program incorporated to improve library service not only to African-Americans users, but to the entire American South. Spring 2015, Aisha completed the Doctorate program and continues her research on Rosenwald libraries with a focus on Historically Black College and University libraries.