Student Research Journal Explores Changes in the LIS Field


The theme of change resonates in the 14th issue of the San José State University School of Information Student Research Journal. Starting with the introduction of the journal’s new title to include the school’s name, Editor-in-Chief Holley Cornetto identifies both change that is happening, and change that is inevitable in the field of library and information science.

Cornetto writes, “As we begin a new year, our thoughts naturally incline toward stepping into the future, and change – change in who we are, who we want to be, and what we want to achieve.”

The invited contribution from Bernd Becker, an associate librarian at the San José State University Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, discusses how information literacy is evolving and what that means for librarians as they shoulder the responsibilities of digital literacy alongside traditional approaches to information literacy. His paper serves to dispel the myths and outline some basic principles of information literacy learning and instruction in the digital age.

Graduate student Patricia Mars’ essay was selected for the issue after the double-blind review process. Her article discusses gender demographics and perceptions, examining gender issues and stereotypes that predominate the library and information science profession. The article takes a look at the lack of female leaders and executives in the LIS field, despite the fact that women dominate the profession. Mars discusses options for change to combat gender perceptions that negatively impact women in the profession.

Volume 7, Issue 2 of the Student Research Journal is available for download on the San José State University Scholarworks site at

Call for Submissions

The SRJ invites original research, book reviews, and critical review essays 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 a proposal or learn more about the resume-building opportunity.

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