CIRI Blog https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog iSchool faculty are contributors to the CIRI Blog, sharing their thoughts, ideas, and experiences regarding a wide ... en Research Methods Course Focusing on Program Evaluation https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/research-methods-course-focusing-program-evaluation <p> <strong>Published</strong>:&nbsp;May 17, 2022&nbsp;by&nbsp;Jennifer Sweeney </p> <p> I’m excited to share a reflection on my section of INFO 285, Applied Research Methods: Evaluating Programs and Services with you all here. &nbsp;I developed and started teaching this course at SJSU in 2018. Teaching this course has been one of the most fulfilling aspects of my work life so far. </p><p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/research-methods-course-focusing-program-evaluation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/research-methods-course-focusing-program-evaluation#comments CIRI Blog CIRI Blog: Assessment and Research Methods CIRI Blog CIRI Blog: Online Teaching and Learning Tue, 17 May 2022 17:33:00 +0000 Lili_Luo 7209 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu Being a Research Assistant: A Personal Reflection https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/being-research-assistant-personal-reflection <p> <strong>Published:</strong>&nbsp;April 19, 2022 by Ed Matlack </p> <p> I graduated from the iSchool in the Fall of 2021 with a Master’s in Informatics, specializing in both CyberSecurity and Health Informatics. Before entering into the program, I had spent thirty years in the software industry as both an engineer an engineering director. I am currently doing independent research in the fields of communications and decision science at both the ICANN lab at SJSU and the DDML at Carnegie Mellon.&nbsp; </p><p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/being-research-assistant-personal-reflection" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/being-research-assistant-personal-reflection#comments CIRI Blog CIRI Blog CIRI Blog: Online Teaching and Learning Tue, 19 Apr 2022 20:03:00 +0000 Lili_Luo 7158 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu Award-winning Student Presentations at 2022 CPGE Online Student Conference https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/award-winning-student-presentations-2022-cpge-online-student-conference <p> <strong>Published:</strong> March 22, 2022&nbsp;by&nbsp;Dr. Lili Luo </p> <p> The College of Professional and Global Education (CPGE) held its&nbsp;first <a href= "https://blogs.sjsu.edu/cpgestudentconference/">Online Student Conference</a> in February. The conference seeks to&nbsp;connect students across the college and promote student work. It&nbsp;aims to provide an opportunity for CPGE students to share their school or professional work, help students communicate and connect with each other, and ultimately foster a stronger sense of community among students. </p><p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/award-winning-student-presentations-2022-cpge-online-student-conference" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/award-winning-student-presentations-2022-cpge-online-student-conference#comments CIRI Blog CIRI Blog CIRI Blog: Digital Records and Curation CIRI Blog: Information Access and Use CIRI Blog: Leadership and Management CIRI Blog: Online Teaching and Learning Tue, 22 Mar 2022 17:36:00 +0000 Lili_Luo 7123 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu Volunteering for CPGE Online Student Conference: A Personal Perspective https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/volunteering-cpge-online-student-conference-personal-perspective <p> <strong>Published</strong>: February 22, 2022&nbsp;by&nbsp;Rosa Rodriguez </p> <p> [<em>In this interview, iSchool alumna Rosa Rodriguez shares&nbsp;her experience and reflections as a lead volunteer working for the first <a href= "https://blogs.sjsu.edu/cpgestudentconference/">Online Student Conference</a>&nbsp;</em><em>at the SJSU&nbsp;College of Professional and Global Education</em>.] </p> <h3> <strong>Could you please tell us a bit about yourself?&nbsp;</strong> </h3> <p> I’m a first-generation Mexican college graduate who came back to school after almost 20 years. One of the proudest moments was when my daughter and I both earned our Master’s degrees last year. Having graduated with a Master’s in Library and Information Science, I am pursuing a career in outreach librarianship. </p><p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/volunteering-cpge-online-student-conference-personal-perspective" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/volunteering-cpge-online-student-conference-personal-perspective#comments CIRI Blog CIRI Blog CIRI Blog: Leadership and Management CIRI Blog: Online Teaching and Learning Wed, 23 Feb 2022 05:48:00 +0000 Lili_Luo 7074 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu Curious about emotional intelligence and happiness in academic librarians? And how this research collaboration came to be? https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/curious-about-emotional-intelligence-and-happiness-academic-librarians-and-how-research <p> <strong>Published:</strong>&nbsp;January 23, 2022&nbsp;by Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran </p> <p> Emotional intelligence (EI) is defined as, “the ability to understand the emotions of oneself and others and to regulate those emotions appropriately” (Martin, 2020)<a href= "#_ftn1"><sup><sup>[1]</sup></sup></a>. While happiness is defined as, “high psychological and social well-being” according to Diener (2019)<a href="#_ftn2"><sup><sup>[2]</sup></sup></a>. Emotional intelligence and happiness in the workplace show some connection in three areas: increased competency in the areas of emotional intelligence, increased happiness or well-being, and increased ability </p><p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/curious-about-emotional-intelligence-and-happiness-academic-librarians-and-how-research" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/curious-about-emotional-intelligence-and-happiness-academic-librarians-and-how-research#comments CIRI Blog CIRI Blog CIRI Blog: Leadership and Management Mon, 24 Jan 2022 19:52:00 +0000 Lili_Luo 7029 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu Research Methods Course Focusing on Action Research https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/research-methods-course-focusing-action-research <p> <strong>Published:</strong> November 22, 2021 by Dr. Renée Jefferson </p> <p> I love teaching the action research special topics section of INFO 285: Applied Research Methods because it is engaging, empowering, and motivating. &nbsp;It is engaging to work with students as they discover how action research empowers them to examine policies and practices using sound methodologies, and how it motivates them to make evidence based decisions. &nbsp;In this course, we cover the fundamental principles, processes, value </p><p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/research-methods-course-focusing-action-research" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/research-methods-course-focusing-action-research#comments CIRI Blog CIRI Blog: Assessment and Research Methods CIRI Blog CIRI Blog: Online Teaching and Learning Mon, 22 Nov 2021 20:52:00 +0000 Lili_Luo 6961 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu Search Engine Design Perspectives https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/search-engine-design-perspectives <p> <strong>Published</strong>: October 22, 2021 by Dr. Virginia Tucker </p> <p> Two years ago, I had the privilege of participating in the IEEE Award Ceremony in Palo Alto, California, where the DIALOG search system was recognized with an IEEE Milestone Award (2019a), joining an elite group of inventions ranging from ARPANET in 1969 to Marconi’s telegraph machine in 1895 (2019b). The award citation describes how DIALOG, in 1966, was the first interactive, online search system to allow “iterative </p><p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/search-engine-design-perspectives" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/search-engine-design-perspectives#comments CIRI Blog CIRI Blog CIRI Blog: Information Organization and Systems CIRI Blog: Online Teaching and Learning Fri, 22 Oct 2021 04:29:00 +0000 Lili_Luo 6924 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu Zooming into Problem Solving https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/zooming-problem-solving <p> <strong>Published</strong>: September&nbsp;23, 2021 by Melissa Foote </p> <p> When I began the MLIS program in the 2019 Fall semester, I was completely new to the online learning environment, including the web conferencing software Zoom. While I initially missed in-person classes and chatting with classmates in hallways about that week’s unit or commiserating about midterms, I soon found myself making connections on Zoom with peers across the country while we collaborated on group projects. At this point, web conferencing was novel to me, and I had yet to experience the phenomenon of Zoom fatigue. Midway into the following semester the COVID-19 pandemic emerged </p><p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/zooming-problem-solving" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/zooming-problem-solving#comments CIRI Blog CIRI Blog CIRI Blog: Online Teaching and Learning Thu, 23 Sep 2021 23:11:00 +0000 Lili_Luo 6884 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu Reading Nation Waterfall: An IMLS Grant Seeking to Increase Literacy and Library Access for Native American Children https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/reading-nation-waterfall-imls-grant-seeking-increase-literacy-and-library-access-native <p> <strong>Published</strong>: August&nbsp;23, 2021&nbsp;by Dr. Anthony Chow </p> <p> As the new iSchool Director, I’m&nbsp;bringing a&nbsp;three year $1.4 million IMLS grant to San Jose State University. This&nbsp;project called Reading Nation Waterfall is focused on studying the unique barriers to literacy resources and libraries for Native American children and their families. One of our&nbsp;primary goals is to help jump start community wide book sharing and distribution by focusing on children 3-10 years old and working </p><p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/reading-nation-waterfall-imls-grant-seeking-increase-literacy-and-library-access-native" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/reading-nation-waterfall-imls-grant-seeking-increase-literacy-and-library-access-native#comments CIRI Blog CIRI Blog CIRI Blog: Information Access and Use CIRI Blog: User Communities Mon, 23 Aug 2021 16:19:00 +0000 Lili_Luo 6823 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu Interview with iSchool Professor Dr. Pat Franks https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/interview-ischool-professor-dr-pat-franks <p> <strong>Published</strong>: May 17, 2021&nbsp;by Dr. Pat Franks </p> <p> [<em>iSchool Professor Dr. Pat Franks will be retiring after spring 2021. CIRI had the great pleasure to have&nbsp;interviewed Dr. Franks about her research experience and reflections during all these years working at iSchool</em>.] </p> <h3> Please tell us a bit about your role at iSchool.&nbsp; </h3> <p> I was brought on board in 2008–even before becoming a full-time faculty member–to coordinate the Master of Archives and Records Administration (MARA) program. In 2009, I joined the faculty full-time and continued in the role of MARA program coordinator to this day. I have also taught a number of courses in both the MLIS and MARA programs, and I devoted a few years to coordinating the Internship program, where I promoted the concept of virtual internships for all iSchool students. </p><p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/interview-ischool-professor-dr-pat-franks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/interview-ischool-professor-dr-pat-franks#comments CIRI Blog CIRI Blog CIRI Blog: Digital Records and Curation CIRI Blog: Emerging Technologies Mon, 17 May 2021 16:41:00 +0000 Lili_Luo 6719 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu Interview with iSchool Director of Online Learning Debbie Faires https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/interview-ischool-director-online-learning-debbie-faires <p> <strong>Published</strong>: April 15, 2021&nbsp;by Debbie Faires </p> <p> <em>[iSchool Director of Online Learning Debbie Faires will be retiring after spring 2021. CIRI had the great pleasure to have&nbsp;interviewed Debbie about her research experience and reflections during all these years working at iSchool.]</em> </p> <h3> Please tell us a bit about your role at iSchool. </h3> <p> As the director of online learning, I work with faculty and students to continually improve teaching and learning in the online environment. I help new faculty members learn principles of online course design and pedagogy. </p><p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/interview-ischool-director-online-learning-debbie-faires" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/interview-ischool-director-online-learning-debbie-faires#comments CIRI Blog CIRI Blog CIRI Blog: Online Teaching and Learning Thu, 15 Apr 2021 22:12:00 +0000 Lili_Luo 6655 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu Future of AI in Libraries https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/future-ai-libraries <p> <strong>Published</strong>: March 15, 2021&nbsp;by Dr.&nbsp;Souvick Ghosh </p> <p> Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been one of the most transformative technologies since electricity (Ng, 2018). Electricity transformed the world as we see it, making innovations possible in other industries like healthcare, manufacturing, and transportation. Similarly, AI and Machine Learning (ML) solutions have found applications in finance, education, healthcare, and manufacturing. For simplicity, I will use AI to represent all developments in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep neural networks (also known as </p><p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/future-ai-libraries" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/future-ai-libraries#comments CIRI Blog CIRI Blog CIRI Blog: Emerging Technologies CIRI Blog: Information Access and Use Mon, 15 Mar 2021 17:06:00 +0000 Lili_Luo 6627 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu Using Blockchain Technology for Private and Secure Health Data Management and Sharing: How Do Users Respond? https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/using-blockchain-technology-private-and-secure-health-data-management-and-sharing-how-do <p> <strong>Published:</strong> February 17, 2021&nbsp;by Dr. Darra Hofman </p> <p> “Omics” sciences, including genomics, proteomics, exposomics, phenomics, microbomics, and metabolomics[1], could provide revolutionary insight into human health, unlocking the knowledge hidden in the molecules of our bodies. Indeed, it has been argued that “the new era of omics studies…may lead to a true clinical application of personalized medicine”[2], with each of us receiving recommendations and treatments tailor-made for our unique biology. This research, however, is not without risks. Privacy, in particular, looms large for participants in omics research. </p><p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/using-blockchain-technology-private-and-secure-health-data-management-and-sharing-how-do" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/using-blockchain-technology-private-and-secure-health-data-management-and-sharing-how-do#comments CIRI Blog CIRI Blog CIRI Blog: Digital Records and Curation CIRI Blog: Emerging Technologies Wed, 17 Feb 2021 19:13:00 +0000 Lili_Luo 6587 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu Qualitative Research and Identity as a First Generation Student https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/qualitative-research-and-identity-first-generation-student <p> <strong>Published</strong>: January 27, 2021&nbsp;by Christina Advento </p> <p> Brene Brown, a researcher noted for her work on shame and vulnerability, writes that she “fell in love with the richness and depth of qualitative research” and “couldn’t resist the idea of research as storycatching.” As a teacher of high school English and Psychology, and a current MLIS student, I also love research and the power of a story. I&nbsp;was fortunate enough to be chosen by Anthony Bernier to work on his research project, “Recasting First Generation Experience for LIS Success,” but I never expected to find research that spoke to me so wholeheartedly.&nbsp; </p><p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/qualitative-research-and-identity-first-generation-student" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/qualitative-research-and-identity-first-generation-student#comments CIRI Blog CIRI Blog: Assessment and Research Methods CIRI Blog CIRI Blog: Online Teaching and Learning Wed, 27 Jan 2021 18:51:00 +0000 Lili_Luo 6547 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu Digital Learning Leader https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/digital-learning-leader <p> <strong>Published</strong>: November 12, 2020 by Dr.&nbsp;David Loertscher </p> <p> The concept of a digital learning leader is a professional who brings to an organization a strong portfolio that demonstrates their contribution to teaching and learning. These leaders partner with a teacher, trainer, or instructor to fold in a wide variety of learning strategies in virtual and even face to face learning environments. </p><p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/digital-learning-leader" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/digital-learning-leader#comments CIRI Blog CIRI Blog CIRI Blog: Information Literacy CIRI Blog: Online Teaching and Learning Thu, 12 Nov 2020 17:31:00 +0000 Lili_Luo 6455 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu How Identity is Conceptualized in Information Behavior Research https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/how-identity-conceptualized-information-behavior-research <p> <strong>Published:</strong>&nbsp;October 15, 2020 by Dr. Deborah Hicks </p> <p> Our identities play a big role in our lives. They give us our sense of self. They inform the way we interact with our friends, neighbors, and coworkers. And, they influence how we build, maintain, and even change social structures. But, for such a powerful and important part of our lives, identity can be an abstract and hazy concept. It is often used uncritically to refer to the fact that something or someone exists (the identity of a </p><p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/how-identity-conceptualized-information-behavior-research" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/how-identity-conceptualized-information-behavior-research#comments CIRI Blog CIRI Blog CIRI Blog: Information Access and Use CIRI Blog: User Communities Fri, 16 Oct 2020 01:29:00 +0000 Lili_Luo 6417 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu Consulting Internships for Bridging Coursework into Knowledge Management Work Environments https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/consulting-internships-bridging-coursework-knowledge-management-work-environments <p> <strong>Published:</strong> September 1, 2020 by Dr. Virginia Tucker </p> <p> Internships create extraordinarily valuable opportunities for students during their MLIS degree program experiences. For those preparing for careers in knowledge management (KM), an internship in a business environment that draws on abilities, both in design concepts and best practices, can be especially supportive of learning what is needed to onboard rapidly and successfully after graduation (Tucker, 2018). I had the distinct delight of being able to pull together a team of three student-interns as part of a </p><p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/consulting-internships-bridging-coursework-knowledge-management-work-environments" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/consulting-internships-bridging-coursework-knowledge-management-work-environments#comments CIRI Blog CIRI Blog CIRI Blog: Information Organization and Systems CIRI Blog: Online Teaching and Learning Tue, 01 Sep 2020 18:15:00 +0000 Lili_Luo 6306 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu Exploring the Potential of Blockchain in LIS https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/exploring-potential-blockchain-lis <p> <strong>Published:</strong> August 24, 2020 by Dr. Sue Alman </p> <p> Our understanding of blockchain and its potential disruption to the information professions, education, and employment has gone from zero to warp speed since Sandy Hirsh and I began our investigation in 2017. However, we still are not experts in the technical aspects of blockchain development, but we have a strong vision for potential use cases. Our initial interest was piqued by the expanding literature that </p><p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/exploring-potential-blockchain-lis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/exploring-potential-blockchain-lis#comments CIRI Blog CIRI Blog CIRI Blog: Emerging Technologies Mon, 24 Aug 2020 21:57:00 +0000 Lili_Luo 6302 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu Assessing Scholarly Communication Services – An IMLS-funded Project https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/assessing-scholarly-communication-services-imls-funded-project <p> <strong>Published</strong>: May&nbsp;20, 2020 by Dr. Lili Luo </p> <p> I’m a member of a great project team that’s working&nbsp;to&nbsp;investigate the best practices of assessing academic libraries’ scholarly communication services , and make recommendations for better tracking academic libraries’ engagement in supporting research and scholarship on academic campuses.&nbsp;The <a href= "https://library.csus.edu/scaf">project</a> is&nbsp;funded by IMLS&nbsp;and led by wonderful librarians from Sacramento State University and San Jose State University. </p><p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/assessing-scholarly-communication-services-imls-funded-project" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/assessing-scholarly-communication-services-imls-funded-project#comments CIRI Blog CIRI Blog: Assessment and Research Methods CIRI Blog CIRI Blog: Information Access and Use Wed, 20 May 2020 16:35:00 +0000 Lili_Luo 6211 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu Wholehearted Librarianship during the Pandemic https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/wholehearted-librarianship-during-pandemic <p> <strong>Published:</strong> April 20, 2020 by Dr. Michael Stephens </p> <p> Taking the long view, I would say that librarians spent a lot of time in the 1990s and 2000s figuring out how to use rapidly evolving technology to better serve their users. The internet reached the masses and libraries stepped up with classes and access. Later, social networking across multiple platforms and smart mobile devices lead to knowledge creation and learning on the go. </p><p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/wholehearted-librarianship-during-pandemic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/ciri-blog/wholehearted-librarianship-during-pandemic#comments CIRI Blog CIRI Blog CIRI Blog: Leadership and Management CIRI Blog: User Communities Fri, 17 Apr 2020 23:51:00 +0000 Lili_Luo 6154 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu