Student Research Journal Publishes 11th Issue: Student-Authored Papers Adapted from MLIS Courses


The topics of information communities, open access metadata, and international librarianship are explored in the 11th issue of the iSchool’s Student Research Journal

Courses on information communities and metadata offered in the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) online degree program at the San José State University School of Information (iSchool) inspired two student-authored papers featured in the 11th issue of the iSchool’s Student Research Journal. Volume 6, Issue 1 of the open-access, peer-reviewed journal is now available online.

MLIS student Stefanie Witt’s paper, Glu: An Online Type 1 Diabetes Information Community, was adapted from one of the core courses in the iSchool’s MLIS program, INFO 200 Information Communities. Discussing how libraries and information professionals can better serve the information needs of health communities, she delves into the world of type 1 diabetes patients.  

Recent iSchool graduate Lisa Cheby (’16 MLIS), who works as a teacher librarian, investigates metadata standards and protocols in her paper titled Open Access Metadata for Journals in Directory of Open Access Journals: Who, How, and What Scheme?  She offers a technical examination of the metadata that supports access to open-access scholarship.

Founder of the non-profit organization Librarians Without Borders, and instructor of an MLIS course on global library issues, Melanie Sellar offers up thoughtful discussion in her invited contribution, Strategies for Engaging in International Librarianship. She challenges library professionals to consider meaningful engagement with colleagues and librarianship abroad.

In her culminating editorial, Adrienne Mathewson reminds readers and authors of how far the Student Research Journal has come with more than 56,000 downloads and counting at the time of publication. Mathewson leaves the position of editor in chief with the journal after an impressive three years of service and six issues.

The Student Research Journal is available online. The current issue can be downloaded at

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About the Student Research Journal

The Student Research Journal 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 journal, please visit