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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

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iSchool and LYRASIS Partner to Expand Continuing Education Courses

The San José State University School of Information and LYRASIS Learning are now offering professional development and training courses to meet the needs of information professionals.

LYRASIS Learning is an education platform for webinars on subjects, such as content solutions, leadership and emerging trends, preservation solutions and technology. iSchool instructors will be teaching courses through the partnership.