CIRI Research and Innovation Activities

Overview

Research and Innovation Updates

Drs. Michele Villagran and Darra Hofman Publish Article about LGBTQ+ Students’ Library Privacy

2/7/2023

Drs. Villagran and Hofman recently published an article titled “‘It’s hard to know what we should be doing’: LGBTQ+ students’ library privacy in the COVID-19 pandemic” in Sexualities, a SAGE journal. Utilizing a multi-method, multidisciplinary approach, this research examined the information and privacy risks imposed upon or heightened for LGBTQ+ university students by COVID-19, with a focus on the roles of libraries and librarians.

Dr. Michael Stephens Speaks on Library Land Loves Podcast

12/12/2022

Dr. Stephens was interviewed on the Library Land Loves Podcast. He talked about empathy - why it’s important and tools to help us develop our empathy muscles. Adjacent to the important topic of empathy is compassion fatigue and how the work that we do requires us to take care of ourselves, to step out our work roles, take time for dreaming and find joy in our lives and our work.

Dr. Michael Stephens Speaks at RAILS Conference

11/30/2022

Dr. Stephens, as an invited speakers, gave a presentation titled “Wholehearted Research: Pragmatic, Inclusive, and Meaningful” at RAILS 2022 Conference. RAILS stands for Research Applications, Information and Library Studies, and its 2022 conference theme was “Off the RAILS: Changing research for changing times: Exploring new perspectives, themes, audiences and trends in LIS research”.

iSchool Student Outreach Specialist Sheila Gurtu Presents at NACADA Annual Conference

11/3/2022

iSchool Student Outreach Specialist Sheila Gurtu recently presented at the 2022 NACADA Annual Conference. Her conference presentation was titled “Leveraging Digital Tools for 100% Online Graduate Student Success“.

Dr. Souvick Ghosh Presents at National and International Conferences

10/27/2022

Dr. Ghosh recently delivered the following presentations at national and international conferences:

  • Caceres, I. &  Ghosh, S. (September 2022). The Sound of Music: From Increased Personalization to Therapeutic Values. Presented at the 2022 Information Seeking in Context (ISIC) conference, Berlin, Germany.  [Best Paper Nomination]‍
  • Shah, C., Shapira, O., Chow, A., Glaser, N., & Ghosh, S. (September 2022). AI; UX and Usability; Cybernetic. Presented at the 2022 Information Science Summit. 
  • Villagran, M., Hofman, D., & Ghosh, S. (Oct 2022). Understanding Sexual and Gender Minority Privacy. Presented at ALISE 2022 Annual Conference. 

Dr. Ulia Gosart Presents at International Conference

10/27/2022

Dr. Gosart presented the following two posters with her former students at the 2022 International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums:

  • “Protecting Indigenous Music in the Public Domain: HathiTrust Digital Library Case Study”
  • “Native Students in LIS Education: Historical Trends and Suggestions for Future Advancement”

Dr. Anthony Bernier Presents at Professional Conferences

9/27/2022

Dr. Bernier recently presented at a number of professional conferences in the field of library and information science:

  • Bernier, A. (9 September 2022).  Reading backwards: Strategic reading for scholarly purpose. ALISE Pedagogy Chat (online): https://tinyurl.com/3ehcndts
  • Bernier, A.. (June 2022). Making the case for teens in outcomes measures. California Library Association. Sacramento, CA.
  • Bernier, A. (June 2022). Feels like begging: Considering the experiences of first-generation professionals. California Library Association. Sacramento, CA.
  • Bernier, A. (June 2022). Rebuilding teen social capital. YALSA President’s Task Force (keynote). American Library Association, Washington D.C.

iSchool Faculty Acknowledged for Supporting Library Colleagues in Ukraine

9/23/2022

iSchool faculty Dr. Ulia Gosart, Dr. Anthony Chow, and Dr. Sue Alman have organized a fundraiser to purchase the scanner and file preservation station for Cherkasy library in Ukraine and help support a drawing competition among the internally displaced children in the Cherkasy region (primarily village libraries) and in the city of Cherkasy. The winners of the competition will be invited to Cherkasy for a ceremony during which they will receive the prizes. The collection of the best drawings will be exhibited in the Cherkasy library, starting on October 14th, which is the Ukrainian holiday to commemorate the soldiers and the Ukrainian army.

The Cherkasy government formally acknowledged these efforts from the three iSchool faculty. In the Certificate of Gratitude, they stated that the aid “will serve thousands of users of the regional library, contribute to the preservation of cultural heritage, the development of library work, and the strengthening of international collaboration.”

Dr. Souvick Ghosh Presents at International Conferences

9/22/2022

Dr. Ghosh delivered multiple presentations about his research at international conferences:

  • Cannon, E., Crouse, B., Ghosh, S., Rihn, N., & Chua, K. (2022, January). “Don’t Downvote A\$\$\$\$\$\$ s!!”: An Exploration of Reddit’s Advice Communities. In Proceedings of the 55th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences.
  • Franks, P.C., Ghosh, S., Hofman, D., & Mooradian, N. (2022).  “AAA”: Are you an AI-Aware Archivist?. At 2022 NAGARA Annual Conference: Exploring the Information Wilds! 
  • Ghosh, S. (2022). Addressing Selection/Appraisal Biases with Artificial Intelligence. At Artificial Intelligence in Archival Appraisal & Selection, International Council on Archives/Hub for AI Research in Archives.
  • Ghosh, S., Schuh, J., Bunn, J., Bell, M., Young, P., & Venkata, S. (2022). Guidelines for the use of AI in archival Appraisal/Selection. At Artificial Intelligence in Archival Appraisal & Selection, International Council on Archives/Hub for AI Research in Archives. 

Dr. Sandy Hirsh Invited to Speak about Blockchain and the Future of Librarianship

9/19/2022

Dr. Hirsh was invited to present about the applications of the Blockchain technology in LIS and the future of librarianship.

  • An Introduction to Blockchain Applications in the Information Professions: Hype, Speculations, and Implications. (2022, May). Keynote presented at the International Conference on AI and Blockchain (ICAIB 2022) for Information and Library Science – Challenges and Possibilities 2022, Online.  
  • The Future of Librarianship: What It Means to Be an Information Professional Today. (2022, March). Invited speaker for SJSU ASIS&T Student Chapter Speaker Series, Online.

iSchool Faculty Partner on IMLS Grants

9/19/2022

Dr. Anthony Chow and Dr. Darra Hofman are partners with the Northern Cheyenne Tribe on an IMLS grant project titled “Seeking Immortality: The Northern Cheyenne Preservation Project”, which aims to to develop a model and toolkit to showcase the use of virtual reality (VR) technology to preserve and share the tribe’s cultural heritage. 

Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran partners with SJSU Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library and San Jose Public Library on an IMLS grant project titled “BIPOC Become Librarians”, which seeks to establish a pilot mentorship and internship program to introduce undergraduate students who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) to careers in Library and Information Science.

Dr. Lei Zhang Publishes Articles on Linked Data and Indexing

8/28/2022

Dr. Zhang’s recent publications examine linked data in cultural heritage institutions and the story of indexing.

Article Co-authored by iSchool Faculty and Student Receives Recognition

7/22/2022

The article, ”Student perceptions and use of mobile devices for LIS coursework: Implications for educators“, authored by Dr. Michael Stephens, Nikki Rudiger, and Debbie Faires, has been selected by the ACRL DOLS Research & Publications Committee for the Top 5 post on Supporting Online MLIS Students. The Committee reviews a variety of publications to select the best on a topic area. The Top 5 post is published on the DOLS Top 5 site.

Dr. Michele Villagran Writes about Cultural Competence for SRJ

6/7/2022

Dr. Villagran’s recent publication was an invited article published in the School of Information Student Research Journal. The article was titled “Cultural Competence in Research“, focusing on four areas: 1) defining cultural competence, 2) examining the importance of including cultural concern in the research process, 3) offering examples of recommended criteria for culturally competent research, and 4) including models utilized in research.