Dr. Bowler wins 2012 ALISE/Pratt-Severn Faculty Innovation Award
Congratulations to Leanne Bowler, Assistant Professor at the iSchool, for her recent honor from the Association of Library and Information Science Educators (ALISE). Dr. Bowler, who is lead faculty for our Library Service for Children and Youth Specialization in the MLIS program, was recognized with the 2012 ALISE/Pratt-Severn Faculty Innovation Award. The Award is designed to “identify innovation by full-time faculty members” … “in incorporating evolving information technologies in the curricula” of accredited MLIS programs. For her proposal, Dr. Bowler described several innovative teaching practices that she implemented in her class Technology in the Lives of Children and Youth. These technology-based learning activities were designed to facilitate students investigating the use of new technologies, determining how libraries can use technology to enhance the traditional mission or promoting literacy, and evaluating how technology effects young people’s cognitive and social development. Some of the activities included utilizing multiple formats of literature, digital storytelling, creating e-posters, and “field trips” to virtual worlds. Dr. Bowler will be recognized on Thursday, January 19, at the ALISE meetings in Dallas, TX.