Professor Stephen Bajjaly receives Service to ALISE award

A headshot of School of Information Sciences Professor Stephen BajjalyWayne State School of Information Sciences Professor Stephen Bajjaly received the 2022 Service to ALISE award from the Association for Library and Information Science Education.

"Dr. Bajjaly is highly deserving of this award,” said the ALISE awards committee. “For the past three decades, Dr. Bajjaly has been a dynamic force in moving ALISE positively forward. He has contributed a tremendous amount of expertise and time in serving ALISE through activities and tasks that vastly improved the association. He has been an ongoing and visible promoter of ALISE and its mission through his engagement with members of the library and information science field including representatives of other library and information studies associations.” 

ALISE is a nonprofit organization that promotes innovative, high-quality education for the information professions internationally through engagement, advocacy and research. Bajjaly has held a number of roles within the organization, most recently serving as president of the board of directors in 2019.

During his time as president, Bajjaly was an organizer and leader of the inaugural ALISE Leadership Academy, which provides the next generation of leadership in library and information science with an opportunity to explore their possible interests in leadership roles as chairs, directors and deans. He also worked to revamp the ALISE Statistical Report, which annually catalogs the status of faculty, students, curricula and finances of library and information science schools and programs across the United States and Canada. 

“This award means a lot to me, particularly since it comes from my peers in academia,” Bajjaly said. “Of the three academically oriented organizations most closely associated with library and information science, ALISE is the one that focuses the most on the pedagogical aspects (i.e., the scholarship of teaching and learning).”

The ALISE 2022 Annual Conference will take place October 24-26 in Pittsburgh.

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