Research and Innovation Updates


iSchool Faculty Receive Mozilla’s Responsible Computing Challenge Award


Drs. Darra Hofman, Michele Villagran, and Souvick Ghosh were awarded the Responsible Computing Challenge Award from Mozilla. Their project is titled “CIRCLE: Cross-campus Interdisciplinary Responsible Computing Learning Experiences”. They will create an interdisciplinary working group to develop “responsible datasets in context” and revised courses in humanistic critical computing and data studies.

Dr. Sandy Hirsh Publishes New Book


Dr. Hirsh’s new book, Library 2035: Imagining the Next Generation of Libraries, is now available from Rowman & Littlefield. Library 2035 explores the lessons learned over the past decade and forecasts the opportunities, strengths, and challenges for libraries in the future. Contributors including R. David Lankes, Kelvin Watson, Annie Norman, Miguel Figueroa, and Nicole Cooke, along with 25 other library leaders.

Dr. Michele Villagran Publishes New Article


Dr. Villagran is the lead author of a recent publication that examined the curriculum related to social services, law, and crisis management in LIS programs.

iSchool Faculty Awarded SJSU Grants


Drs. Michele Villagran, Darra Hofman, and Souvick Ghosh were awarded funding through a 2024 VPRI Teaming Award. They will be working with Dr. Nada Attar in Computer Science on this project. 

Dr. José Aguiñaga received funding from the 2024-2025 RSCA Seed Grant Program to support their research.

Dr. Anthony Bernier Publishes New Book


Dr. Bernier’s new book “Young Adult Library Services: Challenges and Opportunities” is now available from Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. This books represents a single, broad, and diverse engagement with scholars and acknowledged experts on the most pressing issues confronting YA services today. 

Dr. Souvick Ghosh Invited to Speak at CHIIR Workshop


Dr. Ghosh recently delivered an invited talk at the  8th SCAI (Search-Oriented Conversational AI) Workshop, CHIIR 2024, Sheffield, UK. His talk was titled “Overview of Paper ‘Toward Connecting Speech Acts and Search Actions in Conversational Search Tasks’“. 

Dr. Souvick Ghosh Invited to Speak at Tampa Bay Library Consortium


Dr. Ghosh was recently invited to give a talk at Tampa Bay Library Consortium. His talk was titled “Navigating the Future of AI in Libraries”.

Dr. Anthony Chow Joins The Political Librarian Editorial Board


Dr. Chow has recently been named as a member of the Editorial Board for the open-access political journal, The Political Librarian. The journal focuses on the intersection of local libraries, public policy, education policy, and tax policy. It aims to expand the library advocacy and activism discussion while promoting research and new ideas about library policy and funding issues. 

Dr. Lei Zhang Publishes Research about Knowledge Organization Education


Dr. Zhang’s most recent publication discussed knowledge organization education in library and information science:

  • Zhang, L. (2023). The knowledge organization education within and beyond the Master of Library and Information Science. Knowledge Organization, 50(3), 202-213.

Dr. José Aguiñaga Presents at ALISE Conference


Dr. Aguiñaga delivered multiple presentations at the 2023 Association for Library and Information Science Education Annual Conference: 

  • History for Impact: Historical Perspectives SIG Panel presentation (October 4, 2023), ALISE, Milwaukee, WI.
  • iLead: Preparing Tomorrow’s Library Leaders, Panel presentation (October 4, 2023), ALISE, Milwaukee, WI
  • Academic Libraries and COVID-19, Works in Progress Poster Session, (October 3, 2023), ALISE, Milwaukee, WI.

Dr. James Hodges Publishes Research on Computing and Archives


Dr. Hodges’ recent publications and conference presentations have focused on data, computing and archives:

  • Trace, C.B., and Hodges, J.A. (2023) “Algorithms in the Archive: Accountability, Materiality, and Methods.” Information, Communication, and Society.
  • Hodges, J.A. and Paprocki, R. (9 November, 2023) “Datafied Ocean Epistemologies: Reverse-Engineering Coastal Data Curation.” Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S), annual conference, Honolulu, HI.
  • Hodges, J.A. (2023, September 23) “Building Toward Expressive Computing: Counterculture and Computing Concepts, 1960-2000.” Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) Special Interest Group Computers, Information, and Society (SIGCIS), annual meeting. Online.

Dr. James Hodges Promoted to Senior Fellow


Dr. Hodges has recently been promoted from Junior Fellow to Senior Fellow, Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography at Rare Book School, University of Virginia. 

Dr. Souvick Ghosh Authors Book Chapter


Dr. Ghosh has authored a book chapter about sentiment-aware design in human-computer interaction:

  • Ghosh, S. (2023). Sentiment-aware design of human–computer interactions: How research in human–computer interaction and sentiment analysis can lead to more user-centered systems? In Computational Intelligence Applications for Text and Sentiment Data Analysis (pp. 209-224). Academic Press. 

Dr. Sandy Hirsh Presents at International Conferences


Dr. Hirsh has delivered multiple presentations on library and information science education and professional development at international conferences:

  • Opening Keynote. (2023, November). Invited keynote panel speaker at the meeting of the Library 2.023 Mini-Conference, EDI 2.0: Individual Responsibility for Creating Belonging and Connection in the Library Profession, Online.
  • Achieving Academic Success in Information Science: A multi-faceted approach. (2023, October). Refereed Panel paper presented at the 86th Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) Annual Meeting, London, UK.
  • New ALA Core Competences of Librarianship into the LIS Curriculum. (2023, October). Refereed Panel paper presented at the ALISE Annual Conference, Milwaukee, WI. 

Dr. Sue Alman Authors Book Chapter


Dr. Alman has authored a book chapter titled “Immersive and Virtual Technologies: The Future of Libraries”. This chapter will appear in the upcoming book “Library 2035: Imagining the Next Generation of Libraries“, edited by Dr. Sandy Hirsh. 

Dr. Sue Alman Teaches Summer Residency in Seoul


Dr. Alman will be teaching “The Emerging Future: Technology Issues and Trends and The Information Professions” as part of the Summer Residency at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, S. Korea, June 28-July 26, 2024.

Drs. James Hodges and Michele Villagran Accepted to SJSU UGA


Dr. James Hodges and Dr. Michele Villagran have been selected into the Spring 2024 University Grants Academy (UGA) Program. This program is offered by SJSU Office of Research, and it is designed to support faculty members through the process of writing a significant external grant proposal to fund their research, scholarship, and creative activities.  

Dr. Souvick Ghosh Presents at ASIS&T 2023


Dr. Ghosh attended the 2023 Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) conference and delivered the following presentations and papers:

  • WORKSHOP: The 3rd Annual Workshop on Social Media Research, Challenges, and Opportunities - by Souvick Ghosh, San José State University, USA; Catherine Dumas, State University of New York at Albany, USA; Lingzi Hong, University of North Texas, USA 
  • PANEL: Online Incivility and Contextual Factors: Data-Driven Detection and Analysis   - by Catherine Dumas; State University of New York at Albany, USA; Souvick Ghosh, San Jose State University, USA; Lingzi Hong, University of North Texas, USA
  • PANEL: Search Systems and Artificial Intelligence: Enhancing Searching as Learning Approaches to Counter Misinformation  – by Souvick Ghosh, San Jose State University, USA; Jacek Gwizdka and Soo Young Rieh, The University of Texas at Austin, USA; Dirk Lewandowski, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany; Rebecca Reynolds, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, USA; Tamara Heck, DIPF; Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education, Germany; Aylin Imeri; Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany
  • LONG PAPER: Voices of the Stacks: A Multifaceted Inquiry into Academic Librarians’ Tweets – by Souvick Ghosh and James Thajudeen, San José State University, USA

Dr. Ulia Gosart Awarded ALISE Grant


Dr. Gosart was the recipient of the 2023 ALISE Community Conn@CT Mini-grants. Her research seeks to address a library and information need of a social justice organization through community engagement.

Dr. Souvick Ghosh Presents at JCDL 2023


 Dr. Ghosh presented a paper titled  ”Toward Connecting Speech Acts and Search Actions in Conversational Search Tasks” at the 2023 Joint Conference on Digital Libraries. In this paper, Dr. Ghosh and his co-authors automatically identify the speech acts associated with spoken utterances and use them to predict the system-level search actions.

Dr. Michele Villagran Co-authors Article about Integrating Immigrants into the US LIS Profession


Dr. Villagran recently co-authored an article titled “Integrating Immigrants into the US LIS Profession: Findings from a Pilot Collaborative Project” in the Journal of Education for Library and Information Science. This article presents the outcomes of a pilot, self-paced mini-course to introduce US immigrants to the library and information science (LIS) field.