Dr. Heidi Julien, a research associate, wins prestigious award

Posted on September 28, 2021

Dr. Heidi Julien from the Department of Information Science, University at Buffalo (NY), USA is a research associate and also a research partner in the Department of Information Science, University of Pretoria.

Dr. Heidi Julien, was honored with the 2021 Service to ALISE Award. The Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) is the global leader in education for the information professions. ALISE promotes innovative, high-quality education for the information professions internationally through engagement, advocacy and research. In their citation, the Award Committee wrote: Dr. Heidi Julien's "lengthy and exemplary record of contribution to ALISE, extending over two decades, makes her a deserving recipient of this award." Specifically, as a "hard-working and long-serving ambassador for ALISE," Dr. Julien has given multiple conference presentations, has served as Director of External Relations, as co-chair of the ALISE Conference held in Seattle, WA (2013), as Chair of multiple administrative and award committees, as a member of the Journal of Education for Library and Information Science (JELIS) Editorial Board, and of course, as a member of the ALISE Board of Directors and President of ALISE.

As one nominator noted, Dr. Julien's tenure as President of ALISE occurred at a time of "great change for the Association that required new directions to ensure the Association would remain viable and vibrant for the future," and that her efforts as President were guided by a bold and creative vision of the Association that included:

  • Appointing new JELIS editors and identifying a new JELIS publisher.
  • Overseeing the change of the ALISE management company.
  • Decoupling ALISE from ALA Mid-winter to reflect changing hiring schedules and to reduce conference costs.
  • Initiating the iFederation collaboration with the iSchools consortium and with the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T).
  • Launching a new ALISE book series.
  • Leading the first ALISE Leadership Academy.

The Department of Information Science, University of Pretoria, would like to congratulate Dr. Heidi Julien on receiving this prestigious award. We feel honored to have her as a research associate and research partner in our department.

- Author Prof Ina Fourie
Published by Joukje Geertsema

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