Syracuse University School of Information Studies Assistant Professor Renee Franklin will speak on a panel, “Leaders Wanted: Is an LIS Doctoral Program Right for You?” at the American Library Association (ALA) conference in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, June 26,

The panel will focus on cultivating diversity in LIS education and research and will be followed by an options fair with representatives from various LIS doctoral programs.

Franklin will be joined by doctorate students from across the country, including Cynthia del Rosario of the University of Washington, Deborah Turner of Drexel University, and Nicole Cooke of Rutgers University. Clara M. Chu of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro will moderate the panel.

The ALA Annual Conference brings together librarians and library science students from across the country. This year’s conference will be held from June 24 until June 29, 2010, in Washington, D.C. and features speakers Toni Morrison, Amy Sedaris, John Grisham, and many others.

Franklin holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree in information studies from the Florida State University College of Information. She teaches courses on School Library Media and her research interests focus on library education and increasing diversity within LIS programs.