School of Information Student Research Journal Publishes its 12th Issue


A new Reviews section debuts in Volume 6, Issue 2 of the Student Research Journal, which also features an invited essay on new areas of specialization in librarianship and two student authored literature reviews.

Highlighting graduate student scholarship on a diverse spectrum of library and information science topics, the twelfth issue of the peer-reviewed, open-access Student Research Journal of the San José State University School of Information is now publicly available online.

A new Reviews section debuts in Volume 6, Issue 2, and Mary Vasudeva deftly discusses Anthony McKeown’s Overcoming Information Poverty: Investigating the Role of Public Libraries in the Twenty-First Century (2016) on information literacy in the context of public librarianship. Researchers and practitioners will benefit from this review.

The peer-reviewed section of the Student Research Journal features two student authored literature reviews. Both articles provide critical analysis of issues relevant to scholars and practitioners, touching on themes of collection development, academic librarianship, literacy, and literature. Student author Cindy Sjoberg investigates “Big Deal” subscription packages for e-journals, exploring the processes for assessment and the repercussions of breaking them up. In a timely discussion following on the heels of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks movement, student author Renee I. Ting discusses the accessibility of diversity in children’s literature and whether children are finding themselves reflected in the novels they read.

As librarians’ shifting service roles and new areas of specializations within the discipline continue to redefine LIS, the SRJ delightedly publishes in this issue an invited essay on the “strange beast” of data librarianship. Dr. Amanda Swygart-Hobaugh, a part-time faculty member at the SJSU School of Information and librarian at Georgia State University Library, brings SRJ readers into close quarters with what it means to be a “databrarian.” Swygart-Hobaugh discusses her work and her INFO 220 course offered in the iSchool’s Master of Library and Information Science online degree program in this exposition on the connections between librarianship and research data. 

Download Volume 6, Issue 2 of the SRJ at

Call for Submissions

The SRJ invites original research, literature reviews, and academic book reviews from graduate students at any university on topics in the fields of librarianship and information science theory, policy, application or practice. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. Visit to submit or learn more.

Call for Editor

SRJ is recruiting for the position of content editor. Interested iSchool students should review the Call for Editor [PDF] for details regarding benefits, qualifications, and deadlines for application.

About the SRJ

The SRJ promotes graduate scholarship and intellectual inquiry in library and information science, and archives and records management, publishing two issues annually. It is San José State University’s first student-governed, peer-reviewed research journal. For more information about the SRJ, please visit