In order to provide guidance in the design of educational programs to ASIS&T, academia, and individuals, the committee shall determine the educational needs of information professionals. Educational needs identified should address the knowledge and skills needed by entry-level and experienced information professionals, for all likely career paths whether public or private, research or applications. Needs should be re-evaluated as changes in the environment merit. The committee shall recommend to the Board guidelines for information science education and activities that should be pursued to enact said guidelines. The committee administers the Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) Information Science Teacher of the Year Award, Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Scholarship, Proquest Doctoral Dissertation Award, and the Pratt Severn Best Student Research Paper Award.

ASIS&T Educational Guidelines

Accreditation of Programs for the Education of Information Professionals (white paper)

Education for Information Architecture Project

Co-Chair:  Keren Dali, University of Alberta
Co-Chair:  Bill Kules, University of Maryland
Board Liaison:  Heather O’Brien, University of British Columbia



  • Solicit nominations for and present the awards listed above, with the exception of the Outstanding IS Teacher Award, for which nominations will now by solicited by the Awards Nominations Committee. However, EPAC is still responsible for reviewing nominations and presenting the award. Due Dates specified in specific award guidelines.
  • Review the Webinar offerings by ASIST for the past few years to determine whether they are meeting the needs of current members (e.g., academics, researchers, information practitioners, students, new members, experienced professionals), and identify topics/speakers/delivery formats that would provide the knowledge and skills needed for information professionals. Due June 2017.
  • Review any changes in the process or guidelines for national accreditation of LIS programs, and report to the Board, with recommendations for action if appropriate. Due as issues arise.
  • Examine the educational needs of entry-level and experienced information professionals and recommend a plan of action to address these needs. Due June 2017.

Appoint Jury Chairs (EPAC Co-Chairs) and identify the logistics for each award (in consultation with Richard Hill). Due December 1, 2016.