Thomas Schween approached me about being his LIBR 298 supervisor during spring semester. I heartily agreed since his topic was of great interest to me. I wanted to post something to the CIRI blog because I want my colleagues and other SJSU/School of Information students to see the value and benefits in working with a student on a 298 Special Studies.
After being an online instructor for nearly 13 years with a wealth of anecdotal “evidence” to suggest strategies for engaging students in active learning, I was part of an investigative team that conducted a comparative research study using the Community of Inquiry (COI) survey. The results of the study provided data to suggest that teaching presence–one of the elements in the COI–has a positive effect on learning outcomes and student satisfaction in online courses.
A couple of months ago I gave a talk at SJSU Gateway PhD students’ virtual residency about how to set the research agenda. To prepare for that talk, I looked back in the past 11 years and thought about how I have been planning, conducting and disseminating my research since I was a doctoral student. I was able to summarize a few useful (hopefully) tips from my experience and share them with our PhD students. I’m posting them here too.
The movement of administrative systems towards cloud-based solutions is swift and institutions are struggling to understand, train, staff and support appropriately. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems are found throughout government and commercial enterprises and, in higher education, take shape as the financial, human resources and student systems that help administer the business of the university. For example, the ERP on a college campus is the software used in Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Records, Student Accounts as well as the self-service functionality which students use to view grades, apply/accept financial aid, review account balance, run degree progress reports, request official transcripts, and so forth.
I had the pleasure of attending the recent ALISE conference to participate on a juried panel called “From Research to Practice: Transforming LIS Professionals into Self‐Confident Leaders.” The panel co-presenters were Maria Otero-Boisvert and Mary-Jo Romaniuk, both from the San José Gateway PhD program, with iSchool Professors Emiriti, Ken Haycock, and Bill Fisher providing introductions and moderation.
As many of you know, I teach LIBR 254 Information Literacy and Learning almost every semester. Between 2007 and 2013 this class was called LIBR 287 Information Literacy, and about a year ago I went through the process to get the class its own number. This class is designed to teach aspiring information professionals to teach others how to find, use, and evaluate information efficiently.
This semester I taught a new course: LIBR 284: Tools, Services, and Methods for Digital Curation. Throughout the semester my students were immersed in ways to manage data and digital objects over the course of their lifecycle, to ensure they remain understandable, accessible, and useable over time. Web archiving is one way to do exactly that, but why is it necessary? Here’s a sobering reason, from Brewster Kahle (founder of the Internet Archive): “The Web was not designed to be preserved. The average life of a Web page is about 100 days.” 
In spring 2015, I will start my RSCA funded project “Meeting Consumer Needs for Health Information: Identifying Best Practices in Consumer Health Reference Interviews”. This study will examine the experiences of librarians who work in medical libraries – experts at providing consumer health information, in order to identify best practices for consumer health reference interviews. Insight from these specialists can help public librarians, generalists who respond to reference questions on many topics.
I am co-organizing the IEEE BigDataService 2015 conference and would like to cordially solicit paper contributions. The conference will take place from March 30 to April 2, 2015 in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area.
A Tribal library administrator, a university information specialist, an archivist, a health sciences research manager and a youth services specialist – what do these information professionals have in common? They are all Native Americans who recently earned their Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degrees, graduating from the SJSU School of Information (iSchool) as part of the Circle of Learning (COL) project.