2020-2021 Archives


Dr. Darra Hofman Wins ALISE/Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Competition


Dr. Darra Hofman is the winner of the 2021 ALISE/Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Competition. The award recognizes dissertations that deal with substantive issues related to library and information science. Dr. Hofman’s dissertation is titled “Between Knowing and Not Knowing: Privacy, Transparency, and Digital Records“. 

Drs. Michele Villagran and Darra Hofman Awarded ALISE Research Grant 


Drs. Villagran and Hofman were selected as the winner of the 2021 ALISE Research Grant Competition. Their research project is titled “Educating for Equity?: Sexual and Gender Minority Privacy in Library and Information Studies Education”. 

Dr. Michele Villagran Wins ALISE/Norman Horrocks Leadership Award


Dr. Villagran is the winner of the 2021ALISE/Norman Horrocks Leadership Award. The award recognizes a new ALISE member who has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities in professional ALISE activities.

iSchool Faculty Present at  Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education (VWBPE) Conference


iSchool Faculty Pat Franks, Bethany Winslow and Marie Vans regularly present at virtual worlds and virtual reality conferences representing the MARA program’s Virtual Center for Archives and Records Administration (VCARA).  They recently presented at the 14th annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education (VWBPE) conference. Here are their presentations at the conference:

  • 14 Reasons Why Virtual Worlds are still better than Social VR Worlds by Marie. Her description of the presentation can be read here.
  • VCARA Exhibit - VCARA’s exhibit at VWBPE21, with a lot of interactive objects and information about the work and exploration VCARA has been doing in virtual worlds in the past decade, as well as Bethany’s presentation about possible future development plans for VCARA’s Second Life region.
  • Is the Amani Ready to Sail Safely? - Bethany had an immersive event for the conference that she held in her virtual location, Limiland, in Kitely. Participants got a hands-on look at an extra credit activity that was developed for a cruise operations and management course in SJSU’s Hospitality and Tourism department in the College of Business.

Dr. Michael Stephens’ Book Recommended to LIS Students By IFLA


Dr. Stephens’ book, titled “Wholehearted Librarianship: Finding Hope, Inspiration, and Balance“, was recently selected by the IFLA Section on Education and Training as one of the “Top Books” to recommend to LIS Students. 

Dr. Anthony Bernier Presents Research on First-Generation Students


Dr. Bernier has recently presented his work on first-generation students in LIS programs in the following two occasions:

  • Bernier, A., Advento, C., and Gutierrez, V. (18 March 2021). Portrait of the iSchool’s First-Generation Student Body. Spring Meeting of the San Jose State University iSchool First Generation Student Group. Online.
  • Bernier, A., Advento, C., and Gutierrez, V. (26 March 2021). Evidence-based Insights on First-Generation iSchool Students: An ALISE Pedagogy Chat Panel. Association of Library and Information Science Education (ALISE). Online.

Dr. Anthony Bernier and Dr. Michele Villagran Awarded SJSU Level Up Grant


Dr. Bernier and Dr. Villagran were recently awarded the San José State University Level Up Grant. Their research project is to study the experience of First Generation Online Students in LIS. They will be using the Level Up Grant as a stepping stone to seek external funding to further this research. 

Dr. Michele Villagran’s Project Included in Prominent Web Archives


Since March 2020, Dr. Villagran has participated in a project titled “Legal Response to COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean“, seeking to monitor the rapidly developing legal and governmental response to the COVID-19 crisis in the region of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Recently, the project has been included in these two online web archives.  They are the International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC) and the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation. Since February 2020, the IIPC has been collecting websites and archiving them in its Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) collection. Librarians at the US Library of Congress among others select and curate this collection. The Ivy Plus Libraries created the Global Social Responses to COVID-19 Web Archive back in April 2020. 

Dr. Virginia Tucker’s New Publication Focuses on Search Evolution


Dr. Tucker’s most recent publication, titled “Search evolution for ease and speed: A call to action for what’s been lost“, was published in the Journal of Librarianship and Information Science. Her research coalesces into a call to action for more inclusive search interface design, and proposes an agenda for how information researchers, educators and literacy advocates can move forward in their intersecting domains.

Dr. Souvick Ghosh’s Selected As Runner-up for the iConference Dissertation Award


Dr. Ghosh’s PhD dissertation, titled “Exploring Intelligent Functionalities of Spoken Conversational Search Systems”, was selected as the runner up for the 2021 iConference Dissertation Award

Dr. Michael Stephens Publishes New Research on Professional Learning for Librarians


Dr. Stephens’ new article, titled “The Strategic, Curious & Skeptical Learner : Australian Public Librarians and Professional Learning Experiences“, was published in Public Library Quarterly. In this study, Dr. Stephens and his co-authors investigated the experiences of Australian public librarians with professional learning and development.

Dr. Darra Hofman’s Recent Publications Focus on Trust in Records Management


Dr. Hofman’s recent research includes two book chapters that discussed blockchain and extraterritoriality respectively, and a book review published in the Journal of Education for Library and Information Science.

  • Bestachnikh, I., DuPont, Q., Hofman, D., Markey-Towler, B., and Walch, A. (2021). “Blockchain governance: De Facto (x)or Designed?” In Building Decentralized Trust: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on the Design of Blockchains and Distributed Ledgers. Edited by Victoria Lemieux. New York, NY: Springer..
  • Hofman, D. (2020). “Extraterritoriality and International Organizations.” In Trusting Records in the Cloud for International Organizations. Edited by Jens Bols and Eng Sengsavang. London, UK: Routledge.
  • Hofman, D. (2021). [Review of the book Records, information and data : exploring the role of record-keeping in an information culture, by G. Yeo]. Journal of Education for Library and Information ScienceForthcoming.

Dr. Darra Hofman Selected to Participate in the SJSU University Grants Academy


Dr. Hofman was selected to participate in the SJSU University Grants Academy in spring 2021. The University Grants Academy (UGA) supports a selective group of faculty members from across the campus through the process of writing a substantial external grant proposal to fund their research, scholarship and/or creative activity (RSCA). 

Gateway PhD Program Alum Dr. Clarence Maybee Named the Booker Endowed Chair in Information Literacy at Purdue University


Dr. Clarence Maybee, an alumnus of the iSchool Gateway PhD Program,  has been named the W. Wayne Booker Endowed Chair in Information Literacy at Purdue University. The award announcement stated:

Maybee has long been a leader and trailblazer in information literacy education, including his work on Purdue’s Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation (IMPACT) program, which provides academic libraries with tools and strategies for working with faculty and departments to integrate information literacy into disciplinary courses. Maybee is also the lead author of Informed Learning Design, a design model for enabling students to use information to learn in various educational, professional, and personal contexts (Maybee, Bruce, Lupton, & Pang, 2019). Along with colleagues from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and the University of Arizona, Maybee is engaged in a three-year IMLS-funded project to enable academic library professionals to become curriculum developers.

The W. Wayne Booker Endowed Chair in Information Literacy was first established in September 2005 when W. Wayne Booker made a $2.5 million planned gift to endow the nation’s first known chair in information literacy, prominently positioning Purdue University nationally in the ever-expanding role information literacy plays in higher education.

Booker’s gift established a way to bridge the worlds of libraries and information technology. At the time of his gift, Booker said he wanted to provide students with the ability to be lifelong learners and to see critical thinking and communication skills increased in the United States and abroad. Booker was a noted visionary who believed an outstanding library to be the backbone of any great university.

Maybee’s career-long dedication to information literacy in higher education for the purpose of informing pedagogic practices that better enable students to engage with information as they learn is a natural fit for carrying on W. Wayne Booker’s legacy and vision at Purdue University today

Dr. Souvick Ghosh’s Research Accepted By Internationally Renowned Conferences


Dr. Ghosh’s single-authored full paper, titled, “Predicting Question Deletion and Assessing Question Quality in Social Q&A Sites using Weakly Supervised Deep Neural Networks” was accepted at HICSS 2021. Dr. Ghosh will be presenting the paper at the conference (online, January 4-9, 2021).

Another short paper, firth-authored by Dr. Ghosh and titled “Classifying Speech Acts using Multi-channel Deep Attention Network for Task-oriented Conversational Search Agents” was accepted at CHIIR 2021. The conference will take place online, March14-19, 2021.

Dr. Michele Villagran’s Project Included in HeinOnline


Dr. Michele Villagan is a member of the project titled “Legal Response to COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean“. This project is now included HeinOnline, which is a premier online database containing more than 190 million pages and 295,000 titles of historical and government documents in a fully searchable, image-based format. The project is listed as a resource under “COVID-19: Pandemics Past and Present“.

Dr. Souvick Ghosh Presents at CPGE Research Events


Dr. Ghosh recently presented at the fall 2020 research events at the College of Professional and Global Educatin. His presentation was titled “Towards User-centered, Anthropomorphic, and Explainable Conversational Search Systems“. Dr. Ghosh’s research on Conversational Information Retrieval focuses on the individuals interacting with a voice-based search system and on the developments and innovations pertaining to conversational search systems. In this talk, Dr. Ghosh presented his work in this area and future research directions. Overall, his research on Conversational Information Retrieval focuses on both end-users and the system. By applying user-centered research design and explainable machine learning techniques, he aims to make future conversational systems more human-like, user-friendly, and accessible for end-users.

Dr. Souvick Ghosh Directs the ICANN Lab


Dr. Ghosh is the director of iSchool’s Intelligent Conversational Agents and Neural Networks Lab (ICANN).The research at the lab looks at multiple problems in the areas of information and data sciences from a socio-technical viewpoint. The ICANN Lab operates 100% online and includes students and collaborators from both graduate and undergraduate levels. Click here to see ICANN Lab’s featured projects.

iSchool Faculty Present at 2020 ALISE Annual Conference


iSchool faculty members, Virginia Tucker, Deobrah Hicks, Michele Villagran, Anthony Bernier,  Debbie Faires and Sue Alman presented at the 2020 ALISE Annual Conference. Here is the information about their presentations:

Dr. Michele Villagran Co-authors Book Chapter on Diversity and Tenure


Dr. Villagran’s most recent publication is a co-authored book chapter that looks at how female faculty of color navigates tenure in academic librarianship. This chapter is included in the book titled “Becoming a practitioner-researcher: A practical guide for information professionals“, which aims to help information professionals build an understanding of the research process as applied to our field and address the challenges of undertaking research as a practitioner, as well offer support and advice for all stages of a research project. 

Dr. Melissa Fraser-Arnott Publishes New Research on Library Marketing


Dr. Fraser-Arnott, member of the CIRI Advisory Board and alumna of the SJSU Gateway PhD program, recently published an article in the Journal of Library Administration. The article was titled “The Marketing Mix in Parliamentary Library Websites“, in which Dr. Fraser-Arnott used the 7P marketing mix model of product, price, place, promotion, people, process, and physical evidence to examine the content of 11 libraries from Westminster-style parliaments around the world.

Dr. Sue Alman Conducts Webinars for LYRASIS


Dr. Alman regularly conducts webinars for LYRASIS. Her recent webinars include:

Dr. Cheryl Stenström Publishes Article on the Value of Public Libraries


Dr. Stenström’s recent publication, titled “The Value of California’s Public Libraries” and published in Public Library Quarter, described how Californian libraries deliver value. Dr. Stenström and her co-author took a preliminary value framework previously developed from a study of academic literature, and applied it to the public library landscape in California. 

Dr. Souvick Ghosh Receives Award from Rutgers University


One of our newest faculty members, Dr. Ghosh, was awarded the Outstanding Graduating Student Award (LIS 2020) for research, teaching, and service from Rutgers University, School Of Communication and Information. He recently received his PhD in Information Science from Rutgers University. 

Dr. Mary Ann Harlan Presents and Publishes New Research on Reading


Dr. Harlan’s recent research focuses on information literacy and reading. Here’s a list of her recent conference presentations and publications:

  • Information literacy in reading fiction. (2020). International Speaker Series. School Library Association New South Wales. 
  • Reading Critically – Fiction as an Information Source. (2020). California School Library Association. City of Industry, CA.
  • he girl positive library: Reviewing feminist reads for teens. (2020). California School Library Association. City of Industry, CA.
  • Dawkins, A., Gangwish, K., & Harlan, M. A. (2020). New School Librarian Preparation Standards: How Does Reading Fit In?Knowledge Quest, 48(5), 32-38.

Dr. Ziming Liu’s Article Ranked among Highly Cited Papers


A recent publication in the Journal of Documentation titled “A bibliometric analysis and visualization of the Journal of Documentation: 1945–2018“, analyzed a total of 2056 papers published in the journal. Findings indicated that, a 2005 publication by Dr. Ziming Liu, “Reading behavior in the digital environment: Changes in reading behavior over the past ten years“, ranked #17 of the Top 30 Highly Cited Papers, #5 in the Citation Per Year, and #3 of the Top 20 Highly Mentioned Papers. It also received 904 citations in Google Scholar as of September 2020. 

Dr. Michele Villagran Co-authors Article in JELIS


Dr. Villagran was a co-author of a recent article published in the Journal of Education for Library and Information Science. 

This article described ALISE’s second Leadership Academy focused on “Vision 2020: Leading in a Constantly Changing World”.

Dr. Darra Hofman Presents at CPGE Research Events


Dr. Hofman was the the first speaker that presented at the fall 2020 research events at the College of Professional and Global Educatin. Her presentation was titled “Resilient Recordkeeping: Records and Data in an Era of Fragility“. Her research examines the intersection of records, law, and technology in order to find ways to ensure that records, however created and in whatever information systems, can serve as trustworthy evidence to support decision making and help secure the rights of individuals and communities. Her goal is to make explicit the implicit conflicts that arise as record keeping takes new technological forms and to develop theoretical constructs and identify models and frameworks that support both records professionals and records users in employing records to further human flourishing. In this presentation, Dr. Hofman discussed her research agenda for the next year, including timelines, publication venues, and plans for securing funding.

Dr. Chris Hagar’s Research Informs COVID-19 Challenges


Dr. Hagar was recently featured on the News/Events section of the website of the iSchool at Illinois. This news article described how Dr. Hagar’s crisis informatics research could inform the challenges that COVID-19 has brought to the library and information professions. 

Dr. Michele Villagran’s New Publication Examines Cultural Intelligence within Special Libraries


Dr. Villagran recently published two articles titled in the journal Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries. Both articles focused on the views of information professionals who currently worked in a specialized setting such as business, government or information centers around the world, on cultural intelligence within their organizations. The two articles are titled ”Impact of Cultural Intelligence within Special Libraries“, and “A Study of the Cultural Intelligence of Special Libraries: Phase 1“. 

Dr. Lili Luo Co-authors Article on Health Information


Dr. Lili Luo’s most recent publication examines how public libraries can provide health information services for older adults. Her co-authored article, titled “Meeting Chinese Older Adults’ Health Information Needs: The Role of Public Libraries” was published in Library Quarterly

Dr. Michele Villagran Receives Research Grant from ALISE


Dr. Villagran, together with Dr. Ana Ndumu, University of Maryland, College Park, received the 2020 ALISE Community conn@CT mini-grant. Their grant project is titled “Integrating Immigrants into the LIS Workforce: A Pilot, Collaborative Project”.