iSchool Professor Emeritus Inducted into SLA Hall of Fame


San José State University School of Information Professor Emeritus Dr. Bill Fisher will be inducted into the Special Libraries Association’s Hall of Fame for his “service and contributions to the association.”

Fisher began his career as an assistant librarian at Florida Atlantic University in 1975 before becoming a senior assistant librarian at California State University, Dominguez Hills in 1976. He spent several years as an assistant professor/assistant dean at the University of California, Los Angeles’ School of Library and Information Science before taking on the role of professor/associate director of the SJSU iSchool. He became associate dean for graduate studies research in 1997, then professor in 2000.

In 1998, he was named a Fellow of SLA and served as president of the Southern California Chapter in 1986 to 1987, president of the San Andreas Chapter in 1996-1997, and led the national organization from 2002 to 2003. He also received the John Cotton Dana Award in 2008 and was chair of the Leadership and Management Division in 2010.

Fisher has a Bachelor’s in History/Political Science and a Master’s in History from the University of Arkansas. He earned an MLS from State University of New York at Genesco and Doctorate in Library and Information Management from the University of Southern California.

The professor emeritus will be inducted during the SLA annual conference in Cleveland, Ohio during the keynote session on Tuesday, June 18. To learn more about Fisher and others being recognized, read the SLA press release.

The iSchool will host a meet and greet at the conference on Monday, June 17 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Taza Lebenese Grill. Those interested in attending are kindly requested to submit an RSVP by June 16. For event details, visit the iSchool calendar page.