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.
In November of 2012, I posted about my ongoing research concerning the Learning 2.0 model and its application to mobile devices. Since then, the “Mobile 23 Things” program has grown and evolved, following in the footsteps of the original incarnation.
I was excited to present a paper at the recent Library 2.014 conference with two former students from my crisis /disaster health informatics class, Joyce Monsees and April Anderson. The title of our paper was “Supporting the humanitarian effort during disasters: Opportunities for LIS students as digital volunteers.” In this class we explore the inter-connectedness of information, people, and technologies in a crisis and examines how information is created, accessed, organized, coordinated and disseminated during a disaster. Topics that we cover include information seeking and information behavior during disasters, information systems, the impact of social media, issues of trust, health information in humanitarian crises, and more. We also discuss the multiple roles that librarians and information professionals can play in crises preparedness and response.
OK so I admit it. I liked the post that Michelle Simmons recently did with her special studies student and I wanted to share one of my experiences. This past summer I agreed to supervise Alice Pierotti in an special studies project. Alice had taken my storytelling class and I was absolutely wanting to work more with this passionate librarian who was working in two tiny cities in Missipippi and had a flair for telling “southern” stories with her lovely and lyrical southern accent. Alice loves history and loves telling stories about the south and preserving history with what I call living events. One of the things I liked about what she was proposing that while it combined research and writing it would also involve her deeply in her community and bring to light one of the most important times in American history – Freedom Summer.
You might wonder what futures studies have to do the LIS education, but as I noted in previous CIRI blog posts, information professionals and the instructors who teach them must plan for the rapid changes in society including technology, employment, and the ways we interact with others! As I started to prepare for the course and MOOC on the Emerging Future: Technology Issues and Trends, I explored the world of futurists and discovered resources and issues pertinent to LIS.
SJSU SLIS provides an amazing range of courses that can be tailored to fit virtually any student’s interests and career aspirations. However, occasionally students have interests that the established classes do not address, or students want to explore a particular topic covered in an existing class in more depth. In these cases, students have the opportunity to design their own class and work with a faculty member through an independent study (LIBR 298).