Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, Coordinator for Information Literacy and Professor at the University Library, has been named as the new editor of its quarterly journal Library Trends by the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her editorship will begin January 1, 2017.
A leader in the field of library and information science, Hinchliffe is an affiliated faculty member and adjunct professor for the iSchool at Illinois in addition to her appointment in the library. Her research interests include teaching and learning, higher education, globalization, information literacy, library assessment and evaluation, and library quality. She holds master’s degrees in library and information science and educational psychology, both from Illinois.
“Library Trends is one of the most respected and influential journals in the field of library and information science,” Hinchliffe observed. “My goal is to continue to build on the strong standing and reputation of the journal while exploring new possibilities for enhancing its stature and impact. I look forward to exploring my vision with the editorial board. It is an honor to be appointed editor.”
Among her many professional accomplishments, Hinchliffe was elected 2010-2011 president of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), which launched the Value of Academic Libraries Initiative during her term. She has shared her expertise as a member of numerous committees and groups of the American Library Association (ALA), addressing issues such as international library relations, school library implementation, and digital literacy. Hinchliffe has presented and published widely and conducted workshops and trainings on five continents. The recipient of numerous awards, she most recently was honored with ACRL’s Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award in 2015.
Hinchliffe has engaged in a variety of editorial roles, acting as a board member and/or reviewer for well-known publications such as College & Research Libraries, Communications in Information Literacy, Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences, and the journal she will now lead, Library Trends. Her experience as a journal editor includes service as coeditor and editor for Research Strategies and coeditor for Assessment as Action Research, a special issue of College & Research Libraries.
“We are absolutely delighted that someone of Lisa Hinchliffe’s stature will be at the helm of this great journal. Her uniquely broad and deep understanding of research and practice in library and information science will ensure that the journal continues to serve as an essential resource for practicing librarians, scholars, educators, and students,” said iSchool Dean and Professor Allen Renear.
Hinchliffe succeeds Alistair Black, a professor at the iSchool who has served as editor since 2013 and coeditor from 2009 to 2013. “We are all grateful for Alistair’s superb leadership during the last seven years. Alistair has ensured—and advanced—the excellence of Library Trends throughout this period. We will miss him of course, but he has provided a strong foundation for the continuing evolution of the journal in the years come,” said Renear.
Since 1952, Library Trends has explored critical trends in professional librarianship, presenting practical applications, thorough analyses, and literature reviews. A thematic journal, each issue addresses a single topic of professional interest and brings readers in-depth, thoughtful articles. Library Trends is published for the School of Information Sciences by Johns Hopkins University Press. Issues of Library Trends are archived and available in IDEALS, the University of Illinois institutional repository.
This post originally appeared on the website of the School of Information Sciences, with some modifications made here.