Center for Information Research and Innovation


Center for Information Research and Innovation

The Center for Information Research and Innovation at the San José State University School of Information fosters research in our field, aimed at generating exemplary new practices and innovative products to benefit a global audience. 

Our Purpose

The iSchool’s Center for Information Research and Innovation (CIRI) showcases faculty, staff, and student research and innovative practice, develops research-based and innovative products for the profession/field, fosters grant development, and enhances partnerships with individuals across campus, the continent and indeed the world, as well as with institutions and organizations.

Research Areas

The iSchool’s research and innovative practices cover numerous areas, including but not limited to:

  • Digital Records and Curation Includes archives, records management, depositories, digitization, preservation
  • Information Access and Use Includes informatics, information behaviors, organization of information, information services
  • Library and Information Science (LIS) Online Learning Includes online delivery methods, components of successful online delivery, online readiness, LIS education, Masters of Library and Information Science (MLIS) skills
  • New Literacies and Learning Includes digital, visual and information literacy, reading, literature in multiple formats
  • Management and Leadership Includes libraries as organizations, as physical and virtual places, marketing, advocacy, leadership
  • Social Dynamics of Information Includes historical and contemporary topics relating to information and society
  • Technological Innovation and Change Includes impact of emerging trends and technologies on library and information services

Our Governance

The work of the Center for Information Research and Innovation is guided by an International Advisory Board of leading researchers from the academy, government and industry. The board meets regularly to discuss research and professional issues requiring attention, to assess the role and impact of CIRI to date and to recommend priorities for development and resource allocation. 

Our Partners

CIRI partners with a variety of organizations. Our partners collaborate on research projects, provide critical funding and engage in joint endeavors in research and innovation. 

Institutional Memberships

The School of Information at San José State University is proud to be a member of the following institutions:

iSchool CIRI Leads


CIRI Partners

Current Partners
  • ALA Publishing
  • University of Southern Queensland
  • American Association of School Librarians

CIRI International Advisory Board Members

Eileen Breen, LIS Journals Manager, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Publishing

Eileen has more than 30 years of publishing experience and currently manages the LIS journals of Taylor & Francis.  Eileen was active at IFLA for approaching 20 years and is currently a member of the ASIST Publications Committee.

Emily Chan,  Director of Research Engagement, San José State University.