26th Issue of the Student Research Journal Highlights Economies of Knowledge, DEI Access, and Ethics of Technology


Students at the San José State University School of Information have been busy working on the 26th issue of the fully student-run Student Research Journal. The latest issue of the open-access journal is available online.

“Volume 13, Issue 2 of the Student Research Journal comes at an important turning point in the global conversation around information access, economies of knowledge, and ethics of technology,” says SRJ editor-in-chief Odin Halvorson.

In addition to Halvorson’s editorial, the issue features an invited contribution by an iSchool assistant professor, an article by an alumna of the iSchool’s Master of Library and Information Science degree program, and a book review by a current student enrolled in the MLIS program.

Knowledge Ethics: Conceptual Preliminaries by Dr. Norman Mooradian

In his contribution, Dr. Norman Mooradian lays out the conceptual groundwork for a long-term project examining ethical issues raised when addressing the value of knowledge to a knowledge economy. The project includes a series of papers on specific topics that interrelate to the subjects of knowledge, ethics and organizations. While some of the planned articles for the project will have a practical focus, others, such as this one, will be conceptual in nature.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Analysis Tools for Timely Audits: Two Case Studies of Carlsbad Libraries by Sarah Wilson

When libraries explore how their youth collections can be more diverse, equitable, and inclusive, it is beneficial to first identify where representation gaps exist amongst their holdings. Digital DEI audit tools can quickly target areas for improvement. Sarah Wilson examines digital instruments used to analyze the DEI representation in two youth library collections in Carlsbad, California.

Book Review: The Promise of Access: Technology, Inequality, and the Political Economy of Hope, Daniel Greene by Boheme Morris

In her book review of The Promise of Access: Technology, Inequality, and the Political Economy of Hope, Boheme Morris says the access doctrine, as defined by Daniel Greene, functions as an explanation of how poverty can be overcome by the individual’s study of technology and development of technical skills as well as the emphasis of these values by educators and public servants, including librarians and teachers.

About the SRJ

The SRJ promotes graduate and professional research in the library and information science field and asks crucial questions on current and emerging professional issues from a local, national and global perspective. By advocating for the value of research to further intellectual inquiry and innovation in our field, SRJ contributes critical insights to inform everyday professional practice in the field and specifically cultivates robust graduate student research through a rigorous peer review process. As SJSU’s only fully student-run, double-blind peer-reviewed, open access research journal, SRJ leads the way for the university, the College of Professional and Global Education, the iSchool, and LIS graduate research.

Call for Submissions

SRJ invites original research, book reviews, and evidence summaries from graduate students at any university on topics in the fields of librarianship and information science and archives and records management and related theory, policy, ethics, application, case studies and professional practice. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis and undergo rigorous peer review.

Questions about the submission process can be emailed to the editor-in-chief at sjsu.ischool.srj@gmail.com. Students interested in applying to join the editorial team are encouraged to visit the official SRJ website. SRJ is also on Facebook, Instagram, Mastodon, and LinkedIn.