Research Journal Publishes LIS Graduate Student Writing


Is librarian certification necessary to ensure high quality service? What trends and challenges do law librarians face in the twenty-first century? Graduate students from three universities investigate these topics and more in the new Spring issue of the San José State University School of Library and Information Science (SJSU SLIS) Student Research Journal (SRJ), a peer-reviewed open source online publication.

Volume 2, Issue 1 of the SRJ features:

  • Closing the Research/Practice Gap: The Journey from Student to Practitioner, Stacey Nordlund, Editor-in-Chief, SJSU SLIS
  • Value of the Research Methods Course: Voices from LIS Practitioners, Lili Luo, Assistant Professor, SJSU SLIS
  • Certification of Librarians: An Unproven Demand, Jonathan Pacheco Bell, SJSU SLIS
  • An Exploratory Study of Online Information Regarding Colony Collapse Disorder, Meredith K. Boehm, University of Tennessee – Knoxville
  • Using Organization Theory to Explore the Changing Role of Medical Libraries, Kathy J. Fatkin, Emporia State University
  • International Legal Collections at U.S. Academic Law School Libraries, Camelia Naranch, SJSU SLIS

The articles are available online in PDF format at:

The SRJ, established in 2010, promotes graduate scholarship and intellectual inquiry in library and information science, archives and records management, and museum studies through publishing two issues annually and accepts submissions on a rolling basis. It is San José State University’s first student-governed research journal.

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Call for Submissions

The SRJ editorial team is currently working on the Fall 2012 issue. This is an excellent opportunity for graduate students to showcase and publish their work. The SRJ invites original research or critical review essay manuscripts from all universities on topics in the fields of information science theory, policy, application, or practice. For more information, please visit: