CIRI News & Events

Dr. Michael Stephens Delivers Impactful ALA Webinar

Invited by ALA President Join Garcia-Febo, Dr. Michael Stephens recently delivered an ALA Webinar titled "The Heart of Librarianship" to explore the importance of accessible, welcoming and responsive library environments that invite open and equitable participation, as well as an examination of which factors are preventing many libraries from ramping up community engagement and user-focused services. 

Dr. Stephens believes that the heart of librarianship is learning. It is a cyclical process of support, engagement and discovery with deep roots in the concepts of service, access and freedom to pursue interests of all kinds. No matter what type of institution, someone is gaining knowledge, finding information, or creating something new based on our facilitation. For librarians, taking the role of facilitator and guide is best delivered with humanity and heart. The library should encourage the heart!

More information about this Webinar can be found on Dr. Stephen's blog Tame the Web.

Faculty and Student Co-publish Article

Dr. Virginia Tucker and Gateway PhD student Lettie Conrad have co-authored an article on the use of hybrid card sorting in qualitative interviews. 

New Publications from Dr. Pat Franks

As a result of a head start  provided by her Fall 2017 sabbatical, Dr. Pat Franks is credited with two major publications released in August 2018:

  • International Directory of National Archives co-edited with Dr. Anthony Bernier, published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Read more about it on this site https://idnaproject.org/
  • Records and Information Management, 2nd edition, published by the American Library Association. More information about the book can be found here.
     

Dr. Cheryl Stenstrom Participates in CA State Library's "Value of Libraries" Project

The California Library Services Board is funding and supporting a project called the Value of Libraries. Work on this project is being carried out by the California State Library under the direction of state library consultant, Dr. Natalie Cole, with assistance from iSchool faculty member, Dr. Cheryl Stenstrom, and iSchool alumna, Rachel Hanson.

This goal of the project is to create and compile data and usable tools on the value of public libraries through a review of the academic and professional literature and an original impact study. Over the past several months, data of various kinds has been collected, including a literature review, a public opinion survey, and a list of existing resources of outcomes data from California's public libraries. Cheryl and Rachel have been responsible for searching for, annotating, tagging, and organizing the literature in the areas of financial return on investment as well as social outcomes. The results can be searched here: http://www.library.ca.gov/services/to-libraries/value-of-libraries/

Gateway PhD Student Katia Karadjova Presents about Mindfulness and Gamification in Higher Ed.

Katia Karadjova, a student in the SJSU Gateway PhD program and librarian at Humboldt State University, has presented at several conferences about her research on mindfulness and gamification in higher education. 

  • Karadjova, K.G. (2018). Mindfulness and Gamification in the Higher Education Classroom: Friends or Foes? Presented at The International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd'18), June 20-22, 2018, Valencia, Spain.
  • Karadjova, K. G. & Nitecki, D. (2018). Assessing Library Spaces as Learning Environments Goes Beyond Measuring Occupancy. Presented at The Society for College and University Planning SCUP 2018 Annual Conference, July 14-17, 2018, Nashville, TN.
  • Karadjova, K.G. (2018). The Brain Booth Initiative: Mindfulness and Contemplative Pedagogy in the Classroom. Presented at The 20th Annual CSU Symposium on University Teaching, April 13-14, 2018, Pomona, CA.

Katia has received the following grants to support her research:

  • Travel Grant to present at The Society for College and University Planning SCUP 2018 Annual Conference, July 14-17, 2018, Nashville, TN - Sponsored Programs Foundation (SPF), Humboldt State University (HSU) - $ 1000
  • Travel Grant to present at The International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd'18), June 20-22, 2018, Valencia, Spain - Sponsored Programs Foundation (SPF), Humboldt State University (HSU) - $ 1000
  • Scholarship awarded by The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), May 2018 - $1210
  • Project grant: The Brain Booth Initiative - Sponsored Programs Foundation (SPF), Humboldt State University (HSU), January 2018 - $ 3000

Dr. Michael Stephens Concludes a Productive Sabbatical

Dr. Michael Stephens spent his sabbatical in spring 2018 conducting research related to professional development for librarians. His sabbatical resesearch has resulted in a number of high profile presentations, including two talks of the Eminent Visiting Scholar Scheme at University of Southern Queensland:

  • Stephens, M.. Partridge, H., & Davis, K. (2018). On the Ground, Online & Operative: Perceptions & Effectiveness of Public Library Staff Professional Development. Presented at the American Library Association Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, June 25, 2018.
  • Stephens, M. (2018). Libraries in Balance: Trends, Technology & Learning. Presented at the National Library of Australia, Canberra, Australia. July 18, 2018.
  • Stephens, M. (2018). Libraries in Balance: Trends, Technology & Learning. Presented at CityLibraries Townsville, Townsville, Australia. July 20, 2018.
  • Partridge, H., Davis, K. & Stephens, M. (2018). Professional Learning Experiences of Australian Public Library Staff. Asia Pacific Library and Information Conference, Gold Coast, Australia. August 2, 2018.
  • Stephens, M. (2018). Keynote: The Heart of Librarianship. Asia Pacific Library and Information Conference, Gold Coast, Australia. August 2, 2018.
  • Stephens, M. (2018). Telling Your Research Story: Reflective, Connected, Open. Presented for faculty and staff at University of Southern Queensland, July 25, 2018.
  • Stephens, M. (2018). The Hyperlinked Campus: Connected Learning & Collaborative Reflection. Presented for faculty and staff at University of Southern Queensland, August 7, 2018.

Dr. Anthony Bernier Receives ALA Diversity Research Grant

Dr. Anthony Bernier is a receipient of the 2018 ALA Diversity Research Grant. His project “Searching for First Generation LIS Student Success” will analyze the experience of First Generation masters students enrolled at San Jose State University’s School of Information. This research will then address the gap in various literatures that have omitted the First-Generation graduate student experience, both on-campus and virtually. 

Read here for more information about the grant.

Recent Faculty Publications

Dr. Deborah Hicks is the co-author of the upcoming article titled "Discourses of expertise in professional competency documents: Reference expertise as performance", which is to be published in The Library Quarterly in January 2019. This study examines how reference and information service expertise is framed by professional associations in their professional competency documents.

Dr. Michele Villagran is the co-author of the article titled "Minimizing and addressing implicit bias in the workplace: Be proactive, part one", recently published in College & Research Libraries News. 

Dr. Johanna Tunon gave a keynote speech titled "Distance Library Services for Graduate Students" at  ACRL DLS Discussion Group Spring Forum on March 30, 2018.

Dr. Anthony Bernier's recent publications and presentations include:

Dr. Berner also has a book coming out soon - the book title is "Transforming Young Adult Services, Second Edition" and more information about the book can be found here.

Dr. Michelle Chen's article (co-authoered with Ducheneaux, T.), "How are we doing in tribal libraries?—A case study of Oglala Lakota College Library using information visualization," won the 2018 Emerald Literati Award from Library Management for being one of the most exceptional pieces of work in 2017.

Dr. Kristen Rebmann Receives Federal Grant 

Dr. Kristen Rebmann recently received a federal grant ($249,882) funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The grant project is titled "Native American Community Anchors: TV Whitespaces for Tribal Connectivity, Equity, and Inclusion". This project, involving Dr. Kristen Rebmann of San Jose State University’s School of Information (SJSU-iSchool), Alana McGrattan of the Tribal Libraries Program of the New Mexico State Library (TLP-NMSL), Gar Clarke (Tribal Liaison) of the New Mexico State Department of Information Technology Office of Broadband & Geospatial Initiatives (DoIT/OBGI), Donald Means of Gigabit Libraries Network (GLN), and Dr. Elizabeth Belding of University of California, Santa Barbara’s Department of Computer Science (UCSB-CS) will collaborate with Tribal Libraries across New Mexico to explore dramatically improving Tribal internet connectivity, equity, and inclusion through the design and implementation of several TV Whitespace (TVWS) networks statewide. The project seeks to address challenges associated with Native American digital access and inclusion through a two-year, four-part work plan involving professional development, technology implementation via a subaward program, evaluation research, and model development/dissemination. The grant period runs from 10/01/2018 through 09/30/2020. 

Read here for more information about the grant. 

Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran Co-authors Book on Minority Leadership

Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran is a co-author of the recently published "Celebrating diversity: A legacy of minority leadership" in the American Association of Law Libraries 2nd edition. The second edition comes a decade after the first edition was published. The new edition provides insights into diversity in law librarianship, contributes to the history of diversity within the profession, and advances AALL's purpose and values. Dr. Villagran is highlighted within the text as a Leaders of Today (pgs. 94-98). She was included in the first edition as a New and Emerging Leader. 

Read here for more information about Dr. Villagran's book  

IMLS funded iSchool Projects: "Blockchain, Open Civic Data, and TV White Space" in the News

Read more about these projects here:

iSchool Assistant Professor Receives Grant to Study Social Media Usage

The San José State University College of Applied Sciences and Arts has awarded Assistant Professor Michelle Chen a Research Scholarship and Creative Activity Infusion grant to investigate how tourists use social media. Read more here.

Investigation Digs into Blockchain Technology Benefits for Information Centers

Faculty members from the San José State University School of Information will host a national forum in summer 2018 to discuss how libraries can effectively utilize blockchain technology with a grant awarded to the San José State University Research Foundation. Read more here.

Fellowship Provides Unique Opportunity for Students to Preserve At-Risk Public Media Content

The San José State University School of Information is one of the five partner universities on the Public Broadcasting Preservation Fellowship (link is external) developed by the WGBH Educational Foundation to increase audiovisual preservation and education at public broadcasting organizations around the country. Read more here.

Gwinnett County Public Library and SJSU School of Information Announce New Innovative Librarians Award

Gwinnett County Public Library and the San José State University School of Information will co-sponsor the Innovative Librarians Award to recognize library science graduate students who put forward new ideas that improve libraries and library services. Nominations will be judged by public librarians with years of frontline, managerial, and administrative experience. Read more here.

Alyce Scott

Alyce Scott will represent the iSchool on an IMLS grant awarded to the WGBH Educational Foundation (WGBH). WGBH will host a Public Broadcasting Preservation Fellowship for 10 students enrolled in library and information science (LIS) graduate programs to pursue digital preservation projects at public broadcasting organizations around the country, gaining hands-on experience in audiovisual preservation. WGBH will work with five partner universities: San Jose State University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Missouri, University of Oklahoma, and Clayton State University. Each university will be paired with a local public media station to serve as a fellowship host. Fellowship placements will address the need for digitization of at-risk public media materials and increase audiovisual preservation education capacity in LIS graduate programs across the country.

San José Gateway PhD program student Karen Kaufmann awarded Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

San José Gateway PhD program student Karen Kaufmann was awarded a Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship given by Beta Phi Mu, the international honor society for library and information science and information technology. Read the full article here

Dr Lili Luo and Dr. Kristin Rebman receive SJSU Grants

The San José State University Office of Research Support and Services has selected two School of Information faculty members for its Central Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity grants. Associate professors Dr. Kristen Rebmann and Dr. Lili Luo each received $5,000 to support their respective research projects. Read the full article here.

Dr. Chris Hagar & Joyce Monsees (former MLIS student) publication

Hagar, C., & Monsees, J. (2017). Digital volunteer humanitarian aid organizations: The European refugee crisis (International Insights Column). College & Research Libraries News, 78 (6). Read the full article here.

Dr Lili Luo and Dr. Michael Stephens publication

Luo, L., Kennedy, M., Brancolini, K., & Stephens, M. (2017). Developing online communities for librarian researchers: A case study. College & Research Libraries News. 78 (4). Read the full article here.

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 7, Issue 1.  The articles are freely available online in PDF format at: https://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/vol4/iss2/.

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