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New Tenure-track Assistant Professor Brings Data Science Expertise to iSchool Faculty

Assistant Professor Ghosh

The San José State University School of Information announces the addition of a new tenure-track assistant professor to its diverse and award-winning faculty. Souvick Ghosh will focus on developing a foundational course, Problem Solving with Data, and will contribute his professional applied experience to the iSchool’s Master of Library and Information Science degree program.

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iSchool Alumna and Faculty Member Named 2020 Library Journal Movers and Shakers

Anna Avalos

The highly anticipated annual roster of Movers and Shakers in the information profession published by Library Journal is out, and two of them have ties to the San José State University School of Information. Anna Avalos, a 2007 alumna of the Master of Library and Information Science program, and Maggie Murphy, a faculty member, are among the distinguished group of award winners that has grown to nearly 1,000 since its launch in 2002.

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iSchool Instructor Patty Wong Wins 2021–2022 ALA Presidency

Patty Wong

San José State University School of Information instructor Patty Wong has been elected 2021–2022 president-elect of the American Library Association. As ALA president, Wong, currently director of library services/city librarian for the Santa Monica Public Library in California, will be the chief elected officer for the oldest and largest library association in the world. She will serve as president-elect for one year before moving into her role as president at the close of the 2021 ALA Annual Conference.

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iSchool Director Transitions to New Leadership Role at SJSU
Dr. Sandra Hirsh Accepts Associate Dean Position

Dr. Sandra Hirsh

The San José State University School of Information announces a change in leadership effective March 16, 2020. Dr. Sandra Hirsh is transitioning from her role as director and professor at the iSchool to associate dean for academics in the SJSU College of Professional and Global Education. 

“Serving as the iSchool director over the last 10 years has been the highlight of my career! I am very proud of what we have accomplished during this period,” Hirsh stated.

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New Book Explores Librarian Leadership Infused with Humanity and Heart
Dr. Michael Stephens Emphasizes the Need for ‘Heart Skills’

Wholehearted Librarianship book cover

The heart shape embodies the many works of Michael Stephens, associate professor in the School of Information at San José State University. Stephens has published a collection of columns, blog posts, and essays that celebrates compassion and empathy, teaches ways to develop and empower kindness, and encourages curiosity and creativity as keys to establishing “radical trust” and inclusivity.

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School of Information Researchers Recognized with Literati Awards for Outstanding Research Papers

Emerald Publishing’s 26th Annual Literati Awards recognized articles authored by two San José State University professors and one alumna: Michelle Chen, associate professor at the School of Information; Patricia Franks, professor at the School of Information; and Emily Coyne, graduate of the School of Information’s Master of Library and Information Science program.

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Dr. Michele Villagran to Serve as Cultural Diversity Expert on Core Team for IMLS Preservation Grant

The School of Information at San José State University is pleased to announce that Assistant Professor Michele Villagran was selected to serve as an expert on cultural diversity on the core team for the Institute of Museum and Library Services grant titled, “Destination Preservation: A Roadmap for Libraries Leading Participatory Archiving Projects.”

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Dr. Michael Stephens Joins Advisory Board for IMLS Grant on Civic Engagement

Dr. Michael Stephens, associate professor at the San José State University School of Information, was invited to serve on the advisory board of a recently funded Institute of Museum and Library Services Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program project: Training Future Librarians for Civic Engagement and City Collaboration. The project focuses on civic technology, an emerging set of practices in using information, and communica