New Virtual Research Center Facilitates Global Research Partnerships


The San José State University School of Library and Information Science (SJSU SLIS) announced today the launch of its new virtual research center. The Center for Information Research and Innovation (CIRI) fosters research in the library and information science field, aimed at generating exemplary new practices and innovative products to benefit a global audience.

“We are thrilled to offer CIRI as a fully online research center,” remarked Dr. Sandra Hirsh, director and professor of SJSU SLIS. “Our virtual approach offers limitless opportunities for global participation and partnerships in CIRI research projects and activities.”

CIRI showcases the research and innovative practice of SJSU SLIS faculty and students; develops research-based and innovative products for the library and information science field; and fosters global partnerships with individuals, institutions, and organizations.

Research areas include digital records and curation, information access and use, library and information science online learning, new literacies and learning, management and leadership, social dynamics of information, and technological innovation and change.

In addition, CIRI promotes the generation of new ideas for future research, innovation, and partnership opportunities by means of a virtual open lab. The CIRI Open Lab is an online space that relies on crowdsourcing. Scholars, information professionals, and students are invited to submit, vote on, and discuss ideas for research and innovative projects that will benefit the profession.

CIRI’s work is guided by an international advisory board of leading researchers from academia, government, and industry.

The San José State University School of Library and Information Science offers two fully online master’s degrees, a fully online certificate program, and a doctoral program: Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS), Master of Archives and Records Administration (MARA), Post-Masterss Certificate in Library and Information Science, and the San José Gateway PhD Program. Let the learning begin: