Featured Projects

Faculty at the San José State University School of Library and Information Science serve as principal or co-investigators on national and international grant-funded research projects currently underway in the Center for Information Research and Innovation (CIRI). Here are four featured projects.

Dr. Patricia Franks and Dr. Gillian Oliver, faculty members at the San José State University School of Library and Information Science (SJSU SLIS), hold key roles on an international team that recently received a $2.5 million grant to study the issue of trust in a digital and networked society. The interdisciplinary project called "Trust and Digital Records in an Increasingly Networked Society," also known as the InterPARES Trust, is being funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Work on the five-year study began April 2, 2013. Read more about this CIRI featured research project here

A growing body of interest surrounds design practices for young adult (teenager) library spaces. Important and costly decisions are made constantly though they continue to do so with little foundation in empirically-based research. Making Space for Young Adults in Public Libraries: Establishing a Research Foundation, a multi-year National Leadership Grant funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), represents the first attempt to examine current practices for public libraries. Read more about this project here.

Circle of Learning investigates distance learning scholarships and support to help Native Americans and Alaska Natives earn their MLIS degrees. Read more about this CIRI featured research project here.

Thanks to a three-year grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, two faculty members from the San José State University (SJSU) School of Library and Information Science will partner with scholars from Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles, California, to develop and implement the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship, a professional development program aimed at helping academic librarians become skilled researchers who engage in research, share findings, and mentor peers. Read more about this CIRI featured research project here.

In His Own Words: Martin Cummings and the NLM, created by Cheryl Dee, Ph.D. is a searchable, online presentation of the annual Congressional appropriations testimonies and selected speeches and articles written by the former National Library of Medicine Director Martin M. Cummings, M.D. Read more about this project here.