Dr. Keren Dali is an Assistant Professor at the Library & Information Science (LIS) program, University of Denver. She holds BA in Social Work, Master of Information Studies, and Ph.D. in Information Science degrees. An alumna of the U of Toronto, Keren has also earned Certificates in Diversity & Inclusion and Project Management from Cornell University. With over a decade of research and publishing experience and graduate teaching experience in the U.S and Canada, Keren holds the inaugural ALISE/Connie Van Fleet Award for Research Excellence in Public Library Services to Adults; the Outstanding Reviewer distinction and the Outstanding and Highly Commended Paper distinctions from the Emerald publisher. She has chaired committees for both ALISE and ASIST; she’s also a co-founder and co-convener of the ALISE “Disabilities in LIS” SIG. In 2020, she was a co-Chair of the ALISE annual conference.
From 2017 to 2019, Keren served as the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion (IJIDI) Under her leadership, the journal turned from an experimental and unknown entity into a noteworthy publication in the LIS field, with a set record of excellence, innovation, and daring scholarship in the field of diversity, inclusion, and social justice. For many years, Keren has been serving on the editorial boards of the Library Quarterly and the Journal of Librarianship & Information Science; and served a full term as a JELIS editorial board member.
Keren’s background in social work and LIS determines her research interests in community engagement; diversity and inclusion at the workplace; relationships between LIS and social work; disabilities and workplace equity; in addition, she studies LIS education, with a focus on creativity humanistic pedagogies, and reading practices of adults. She is credited with coining the concept “reading experience librarianship” to replace “readers’ advisory” and is known for years of groundbreaking work on reading practices of immigrants. She also co-authored Contemporary World Fiction: A Guide to Literature in Translation (Libraries Unlimited, 2011) and co-edited Humanizing LIS Education and Practice: Diversity by Design (with Nadia Caidi)
Keren’s research has been funded by the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada and the American Library Association, among others. In 2019, Keren received the ALISE Norman Horrocks leadership award. In her career, Keren has taught courses in Foundations of LIS, Reference Services, Collection Management, International Information & Culture, Working with Readers in Libraries & Beyond, Reading Practices & Audiences around the World, Outreach, and Privilege & Equity. Keren holds the inaugural Outstanding Instructor Award from the iSchool, U of Toronto and was nominated by DU LIS Students as a Faculty Career Champion for two consecutive years.