Completed Projects


Libraries Leading in Digital Inclusion and Disaster Response via TV WhiteSpace Wireless Connections

PI: Dr. Kristen Rebmann
Funding Agency: Institute of Museum and Library Services
Funding Amount: $249,998
Funding Period: 2016-2019

Summary: This project helps libraries explore dramatically expanding internet access in their communities by using TVWhiteSpace (TVWS), a new low-cost wireless technology. This project is led by San Jose State University’s School of Information. Key collaborators, including the Gigabit Libraries Network, the School, Health, & Libraries Broadband Coalition, the National Digital Inclusion Alliance, and the Information Technology Disaster Resource Center, explore dramatically expanding digital access/inclusion and modes to provide connectivity as part of disaster preparedness. Read more here.

Reaching Those Who Served: Recruiting and Preparing Military Veterans for Careers in Librarianship

Partner: Dr. Sandy Hirsh
Funding Agency: Institute of Museum and Library Services
Funding Amount: $488,501
Funding Period: 2016-2019

Summary: The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Information, and its partners, the Library and Information Science Program at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa (UH-Manoa) and the School of Information (iSchool) at San Jose State University (SJSU), collaborate to conduct a two-pronged project to help more U.S. veterans to become librarians. The three-year project includes 1) scholarships for 12 veterans to attend LIS masters programs; and 2) research exploring how military veterans choose careers in librarianship and information studies. Read more here.

Institute for Research Design in Librarianship

Partner: Dr. Lili Luo
Funding Agency: Institute of Museum and Library Services
Funding Amount: $394,014
Funding Period: 2016-2019

Summary: Loyola Marymount University’s William H. Hannon Library, in partnership with San José State University School of Information and the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium, extends and improves the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL). Throughout the project, sixty novice academic and research librarian researchers receive instruction in research methods and a full year of support to complete a project. Read more here.

Searching for First Generation LIS Student Success

PI: Dr. Anthony Bernier
Funding Agency: ALA Diversity Research Grant
Funding Amount: $2,500
Funding Period: 2018-2019

Summary: The project analyzes the experience of First Generation masters students enrolled at San Jose State University’s School of Information. This research addresses the gap in various literature that have omitted the First-Generation graduate student experience, both on-campus and virtually. Read more here.

Investigation of Possible Uses of Blockchain Technology by Libraries-Information Centers to Support City-Community Goals

Co-PIs: Dr. Sandy Hirsh and Dr. Sue Alman
Funding Agency: Institute of Museum and Library Services
Funding Amount: $100,000
Funding Period: 2017-2018

Summary: Through a national forum, the project investigates ways that blockchain technology can be used by libraries to partner with other organizations and to support city or community goals. Blockchain technology is a shared digital/electronic ledger featuring a constantly updated list of transactions. It is supported by a peer-to-peer network that may be either public or private. This technology has the potential to help libraries develop a distributed metadata system; facilitate better digital rights management; and create a protocol for supporting community based collections. Read more here