Graduate student assistants engage in collaborative research and special projects with our faculty members.
CIRI News & Events
New IMLS Grant to Help Veterans Become Librarians: Co-Principal Investigator, Dr. Sandra Hirsh
A new research and scholarship program for United States military veterans will help them achieve their educational goals of earning a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science and be ready for the job market. Full story here.
Dr. Lili Luo Grant Funded Project to Study Research-Practice Gap in Librarianship
Dr Lili Luo is conducting an in-depth investigation of how librarians employ the best available evidence to solve practical problems in the field. Full story here.
Libraries Leading in Digital Inclusion and Disaster Response via TV WhiteSpace Wireless Connections
A new IMLS grant project led by Dr. Kristen Rebmann aims to provide Internet access to underserved communities and library patrons by expanding the reach of the library’s Internet signal outside of the library building to public spaces. Full story here.
New Book by Dr. Joni Richard Bodart
Congratulations to Dr.Joni Richard Bodart on the publication of her new book"They Hurt, They Scar, They Shoot, They Kill: Toxic Characters in Young Adult Fiction (Scarecrow Press).
Upcoming Gateway PhD student publications
Buchanan, S. Exploring the lived experience of middle school students engaged in inquiry based learning. In S. Kurbanoglu et al. (Eds.) Information Literacy: Key to an Inclusive Society and the volume # CCIS 676. Paper presented at Fourth Annual European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL): Information Literacy in the Inclusive Society (Prague, 11 October 2016). Heidelberg, Germany: Springer.
Karadjova, K. & Mourer, M.M. Searching as strategic exploration: How well do faculty know their students’ opinions regarding information sources?. In S. Kurbanoglu et al. (Eds.) Information Literacy: Key to an Inclusive Society and the volume # CCIS 676. Paper presented at Fourth Annual European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL): Information Literacy in the Inclusive Society (Prague, 11 October 2016). Heidelberg, Germany: Springer.
Ruth Barefoot Awarded an eCampus Office of Quality Assurance (EOQA) at San José State University
Ruth Barefoot, an instructor at the iSchool, was awarded an eCampus Office of Quality Assurance (EOQA) at San José State University (SJSU) faculty grant to enhance the quality of online/hybrid courses and deliver innovative and engaging online/hybrid courses. EOQA’s goal is to provide access to high quality, student-centered courses that reflect best practices and promote excellence in online/hybrid teaching and learning. Learn more about the eCampus Quality Assurance Grant.
Recent Faculty Publications
- Haycock, K. & Stenstrom, C. (2016). Reviewing the research and evidence: Towards best practices for garnering support for school libraries. School Libraries Worldwide, 22(1), 127-142.
- Bernier, A., and Stenstrom, C. (2016). Moving from chance and “chemistry” to skills: Improving online student learning outcomes in small group collaboration. Education for Information 32 (1). [special innovative pedagogies issue], 55-69.
Bill Fisher Named Adjunct Professor at Queensland University of Technology
Professor Emeritus Bill Fisher has recently been named Adjunct Professor at Queensland University of Technology. Adjunct appointments at QUT are honorary postings designed to involve “distinguished and talented professionals and academics in teaching and research activities.” Professor Fisher has been involved with the San Jose Gateway PhD Program since its inception and currently supervises three students. His new appointment allows him to take on a stronger liaison role with QUT and greater leadership responsibilities within the program. Faculty members from both San Jose and QUT are excited about Professor Fisher’s continued dedication to and increased involvement with the program.
San Jose State University, College of Applied Sciences and Arts Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activity (RSCA) Infusion Grants
The following iSchool faculty were recipients of the RSCA Infusion Awards:
Dr. Chris Hagar
“Disaster Preparedness and Response: How Public Libraries Can Partner with Local Agencies to Meet Community Needs - Phase 2”
The second phase of the study will involve follow-up in-depth explorations of the exemplary disaster planning models, including semi-structured interviews with public library directors and library staff who are involved in coordinating disaster planning for their institutions. This phase will also explore further the nature of the collaborations between public libraries and the various emergency management agencies, and the barriers that have hindered collaborations.
Dr. Lili Liu
“A Diversified Approach to Research Methods Education: A Curricular Case Study”
A curricular case study will be conducted to examine a diversified approach to teaching research methods in LIS. This approach is currently being undertaken at SJSU iSchool, where various specializations of the research methods course are offered. For example, there are methodological specializations such as qualitative research, survey research, action research and historical research. There are also topical specializations such as theory and methods in youth services, information literacy, reference and archival services. The case study will focus on the experience and perceptions of students and instructors, seeking to yield insights into the efficacy of this approach in research methods education.
Dr. Michael Stephens
“Technology, Collaboration, and Learning: Perceptions & Effectiveness of Public Library Staff Professional Development”
This study will contribute to a better understanding of professional development offerings for staff of public libraries across the US. Previously, similar studies and surveys have been done with very small respondent samples. It seeks to expand upon those findings by delivering a survey to a U.S. audience of librarians and paraprofessionals, potentially gaining a much larger sample size. Findings will provide insights for public library administrators and training personnel, identifying the challenges and potential for PD offerings, and identifying potential opportunities for SDL and PD via large scale courses across library systems, consortia and associations.
Dr. Anita Coleman
"The Representation and Treatment of “Anti-Racism” in Bibliographic Information Systems and Knowledge Structures"
Dr. Coleman's research is examining how “Anti-racism” is treated in the library catalog and in selective and recent classic theological texts about race. Using classificatory analysis the major “anti-racism” categories, concepts and relationships are being identified and compared with current representations available in the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH).
If you wish to know more about these research projects, please contact the named faculty.
Student Research Journal
The iSchool Student Research Journal (SRJ) editorial team published the latest issue of the SRJ Volume 6, Issue 2. The articles are freely available online in PDF format at: http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/vol4/iss2/.