Research Profile: Sandra Hirsh


Statement of Research Interests and Experience

My research interests focus broadly on user behavior as it relates to information seeking and technology use in a variety of settings and with a range of user types. I am also interested in LIS education, especially online learning and global trends.

Possible PhD Thesis Topic Areas

  • Information Use– information seeking behavior; global studies of information use.
  • Education for Library and Information Science -  online learning.

Ten Representative Publications

  • Chen, H.-L., Aparac-Jelušić, T., Fourie, I., Hirsh, S. & Huang, R. (2017). How international is your LIS/IS program in the global higher education era? Proceedings of the 80th American Society for Information Science & Technology Annual Meeting.
  • Ford, C., Faires, D., Hirsh, S., and Carranza, N. (2017). The significance of language study in library and information science: A comparison of two programs in the United States and Honduras.  Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 58(2), 77-93.
  • Hirsh, S. & Jakal, H. (2016). Virtually abroad in Second Life: The use of immersive technology to develop intercultural competence.  In L. Bell, P. Franks, & R. Trueman (Eds.), Teaching and Learning in Virtual Environments: Archives, Museums, and Libraries (pp. 55-68). Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited
  • Hirsh, S. (2015). Editor, Information Services Today: An Introduction.  New York: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Hirsh, S., Faires, D., Holschuh Simmons, M., Christensen, P., Sellar, M., Stenström, C., Hagar, C., Bernier, A., Alman, S., & Fisher, J. (2015). International Perspectives in LIS Education: Global Education, Research, & Collaboration at the SJSU School of Information.  Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 56(Supplement 1), S27-S46.
  • Hirsh, S., Faires, D., & Hines, A. (2014). Perceptions and viability of launching LIS eLearning programs in developing countries: A Vietnam case study. In J.T. Du, Q. Zhu, & A. Koronios (Eds.), Library and Information Science Research in Asia-Oceania: Theory and Practice (pp. 200-224). Hershey, PA: IGI Global​.
  • Hirsh, S., Anderson, C., & Caselli, M. (2012). The reality of fantasy: Uncovering information-seeking behaviors and needs in online fantasy sports. CHI’12 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 849–864.
  • Anderson, C., Hirsh, S., et al (2012).  ELECTRONIC MAIL INBOX WITH FOCUSED E-MAILS ACCORDING TO CATEGORIES, United States Patent 8,239,874, Issued August 7, 2012.
  • Anderson, C., Hirsh, S. G., and Mohr, A. (2008). Wheels around the world: Windows Live mobile interface design. In CHI ‘08 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 2113–2128).
  • Hirsh, S., & Dinkelacker, J. (2004). Seeking information in order to produce information: An empirical study at Hewlett Packard Labs. Journal of the American Society for Information Science & Technology, 55(9), 807–817.
  • Hirsh, S. (2004). Domain knowledge and children’s search behavior. In M.K. Chelton, & C. Cool (Eds.), Youth Information Seeking Behavior: Theories, Models and Issues (pp. 241–270). Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.
  • Hirsh, S. & Dinkelacker, J. (2003). Impact of a corporate merger on the information seeking behaviors of research practitioners. Proceedings of the 66th American Society for Information Science & Technology Annual Meeting, 40(1), 78–84. doi:10.1002/meet.1450400110
  • Hirsh, S. G. (2001). Building a global corporate library portal: Usability results and design implications. Proceedings of the 64th American Society for Information Science & Technology Annual Meeting, Vol. 38, (pp. 268–280).
  • Hirsh, S. G. (1999). Children’s relevance criteria and information-seeking on electronic resources. Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 50(14), 1265–1283.
  • Hirsh, S. G. (1999). Information seeking at different stages of the R&D research process. Proceedings of SIGIR ‘99, 22nd International Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval (pp. 285–286). Berkeley: University of California.
  • Hirsh, S. G. (1998). Relevance determinations in children’s use of electronic information systems: A case study. Proceedings of the 61st American Society for Information Science Annual Meeting, Vol. 35 (pp. 63–72).
  • Borgman, C. L., Hirsh, S. G., & Hiller, J. (1996). Rethinking online monitoring methods for information retrieval systems: From search product to search process. Journal of the American Society for Information Science, Special Issue on Current Research in Online Public Access Systems, 47(7), 568–583.
  • Borgman, C. L., Hirsh, S. G., Walter, V. A., & Gallagher, A. L. (1995). Children’s searching behavior on browsing and keyword online catalogs: The Science Library Catalog project. Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 46(9), 663–684.

Professional Memberships and Related Matters

I am a member of several professional associations, but am most active in the following: the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), American Library Association (ALA), and International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). Some of my recent leadership roles in these associations include:

  • ASIS&T: ASIS&T President (2015).
  • ALA: ALA Publishing Committee Chair (2015-2018), International Relations Roundtable Councillor (2015-2018), Center for the Future of Libraries Advisory Board Member (2015-Present).
  • IFLA: Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning (CPDWL) Standing Committee, Co-Chair (2017-2019).