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Maryland's iSchool Home to Four 2013 ALISE Award Winners

The Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) has awarded four members of the University of Maryland's College of Information Studies, Maryland's iSchool, with awards for their excellence in library and information science. Dr. Ann Prentice, Dr. Ann Carlson Weeks, Dr. Beth St. Jean and Jeffrey DiScala have all been honored by ALISE for 2013. Winners will be recognized at the ALISE Awards Reception on January 24, 2013, as part of the 2013 ALISE Annual Conference in Seattle.

Former iSchool dean and professor emerita Dr. Ann Prentice is receiving the ALISE Award for Professional Contribution to Library and Information Science Education in recognition of her ongoing service, contributions and leadership in library and information science education. Dr. Prentice’s foresight during her tenure as iSchool dean from 1993 to 2001 led the school to expand its focus on technology, reflecting the field’s new, broader demands. She has also been a leader in global library and science education, teaching and creating learning exchange opportunities abroad, including in China and Brazil. Dr. Prentice continues to teach at the iSchool, focusing on leadership and management for information professionals.

Ann Weeks Ann Prentice Beth St. Jean Jeffrey DiScala
Dr. Ann Carlson Weeks Dr. Ann Prentice Dr. Beth St. Jean Jeffrey DiScala

Dr. Ann Carlson Weeks, associate dean for academic programs, and doctoral candidate Jeffrey DiScala won the ALISE/LMC (Library Media Connection magazine) Paper Award for “Access Denied: School Librarians’ Responses to School District Policies on the Use of Social Media Tools.” Chosen through double-blind peer review, the award goes to research papers on youth services in public and school libraries. “Access Denied” examines high school librarians’ changing perceptions and responses toward new social media access policies as they were implemented and revised by one school district.

Dr. Beth St. Jean, assistant professor, has won the ALISE/ProQuest Methodology Paper Competition for “Devising and Implementing a Card-Sorting Technique for Longitudinal Investigation of the Information Behavior of People with Type 2 Diabetes.” The award is given to papers explaining a research method or technique, along with its implications for the field of library and information science. Dr. St. Jean’s paper focuses on the information needs and seeking behavior of people with type 2 diabetes. In the paper, she describes the development and use of a card-sorting technique to yield quantitative data over time as research participants judge the usefulness of different diabetes-related information. Dr. St. Jean also won first place in the 2011 ALISE/Jean Tague-Sutcliffe Doctoral Student Research Poster Competition.

More information on ALISE, including descriptions of award criteria, may be found on the association’s website at