Derek Christiansen

Derek Christiansen

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San José: Clark Hall 325

Derek Christiansen
Web Technologist

Derek is the Web Technologist for the iSchool. His duties include managing the school's Drupal CMS, developing and extending custom software for the school, and overseeing a team of student assistants. The web development team responds to a broad array of technical requests from our growing community of students, faculty, staff and stakeholders in the world of LIS.

In addition to the day to day maintenance of the iSchool websites, he creates web applications using AJAX, PHP/MySQL, JavaScript, jQuery, XHTML, CSS, and XML. Derek is an advocate for the open source software movement.

Biographical Sketch

Derek is happiest when joining tables in a MySQL database, but also enjoys time with his family and walks on the beach. He has two cats and believes humor is a brush with the sublime.  See:


  • MLIS San José State University (2008)
  • MBA University of Southern California (1995)
  • BA (English Literature) University of California, Irvine (1990)

Professional Experience

  • Web Technologist, School of Information (2011 - present)
  • Business Development Manager, Racal Recorders (1997-2002)
  • Inside Sales Supervisor, AirTouch Cellular (1989-1997)