CIRI Faculty Research and Innovation Activities
Dr. Michael Stephens Delivers Impactful ALA Webinar
Invited by ALA President Join Garcia-Febo, Dr. Michael Stephens recently delivered an ALA Webinar titled ”The Heart of Librarianship“ to explore the importance of accessible, welcoming and responsive library environments that invite open and equitable participation, as well as an examination of which factors are preventing many libraries from ramping up community engagement and user-focused services.
Dr. Stephens believes that the heart of librarianship is learning. It is a cyclical process of support, engagement and discovery with deep roots in the concepts of service, access and freedom to pursue interests of all kinds. No matter what type of institution, someone is gaining knowledge, finding information, or creating something new based on our facilitation. For librarians, taking the role of facilitator and guide is best delivered with humanity and heart. The library should encourage the heart!
More information about this Webinar can be found on Dr. Stephen’s blog Tame the Web.
Faculty and Student Co-publish Article
Dr. Virginia Tucker and Gateway PhD student Lettie Conrad have co-authored an article on the use of hybrid card sorting in qualitative interviews.
- Conrad, L.Y. & Tucker, V.M. (2019). Making it tangible: Hybrid card sorting to enrich qualitative interviews. Journal of Documentation.
Dr. Pat Franks Publishes Two Books after Sabbatical
As a result of a head start provided by her Fall 2017 sabbatical, Dr. Pat Franks is credited with two major publications released in August 2018:
- International Directory of National Archives co-edited with Dr. Anthony Bernier, published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Read more about it on this site https://idnaproject.org/
- Records and Information Management, 2nd edition, published by the American Library Association. More information about the book can be found here.
Dr. Cheryl Stenstrom Participates in CA State Library’s “Value of Libraries” Project
The California Library Services Board is funding and supporting a project called the Value of Libraries. Work on this project is being carried out by the California State Library under the direction of state library consultant, Dr. Natalie Cole, with assistance from iSchool faculty member, Dr. Cheryl Stenstrom, and iSchool alumna, Rachel Hanson.
This goal of the project is to create and compile data and usable tools on the value of public libraries through a review of the academic and professional literature and an original impact study. Over the past several months, data of various kinds has been collected, including a literature review, a public opinion survey, and a list of existing resources of outcomes data from California’s public libraries. Cheryl and Rachel have been responsible for searching for, annotating, tagging, and organizing the literature in the areas of financial return on investment as well as social outcomes. The results can be searched here.
Gateway PhD Student Katia Karadjova Presents about Mindfulness and Gamification in Higher Ed
Katia Karadjova, a student in the SJSU Gateway PhD program and librarian at Humboldt State University, has presented at several conferences about her research on mindfulness and gamification in higher education.
- Karadjova, K.G. (2018). Mindfulness and Gamification in the Higher Education Classroom: Friends or Foes? Presented at The International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd’18), June 20-22, 2018, Valencia, Spain.
- Karadjova, K. G. & Nitecki, D. (2018). Assessing Library Spaces as Learning Environments Goes Beyond Measuring Occupancy. Presented at The Society for College and University Planning SCUP 2018 Annual Conference, July 14-17, 2018, Nashville, TN.
- Karadjova, K.G. (2018). The Brain Booth Initiative: Mindfulness and Contemplative Pedagogy in the Classroom. Presented at The 20th Annual CSU Symposium on University Teaching, April 13-14, 2018, Pomona, CA.
Katia has received the following grants to support her research:
- Travel Grant to present at The Society for College and University Planning SCUP 2018 Annual Conference, July 14-17, 2018, Nashville, TN – Sponsored Programs Foundation (SPF), Humboldt State University (HSU) – $ 1000
- Travel Grant to present at The International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd’18), June 20-22, 2018, Valencia, Spain – Sponsored Programs Foundation (SPF), Humboldt State University (HSU) – $ 1000
- Scholarship awarded by The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), May 2018 – $1210
- Project grant: The Brain Booth Initiative – Sponsored Programs Foundation (SPF), Humboldt State University (HSU), January 2018 – $ 3000
Dr. Michael Stephens Concludes a Productive Sabbatical
Dr. Michael Stephens spent his sabbatical in spring 2018 conducting research related to professional development for librarians. His sabbatical resesearch has resulted in a number of high profile presentations, including two talks of the Eminent Visiting Scholar Scheme at University of Southern Queensland:
- Stephens, M.. Partridge, H., & Davis, K. (2018). On the Ground, Online & Operative: Perceptions & Effectiveness of Public Library Staff Professional Development. Presented at the American Library Association Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, June 25, 2018.
- Stephens, M. (2018). Libraries in Balance: Trends, Technology & Learning. Presented at the National Library of Australia, Canberra, Australia. July 18, 2018.
- Stephens, M. (2018). Libraries in Balance: Trends, Technology & Learning. Presented at CityLibraries Townsville, Townsville, Australia. July 20, 2018.
- Partridge, H., Davis, K. & Stephens, M. (2018). Professional Learning Experiences of Australian Public Library Staff. Asia Pacific Library and Information Conference, Gold Coast, Australia. August 2, 2018.
- Stephens, M. (2018). Keynote: The Heart of Librarianship. Asia Pacific Library and Information Conference, Gold Coast, Australia. August 2, 2018.
- Stephens, M. (2018). Telling Your Research Story: Reflective, Connected, Open. Presented for faculty and staff at University of Southern Queensland, July 25, 2018.
- Stephens, M. (2018). The Hyperlinked Campus: Connected Learning & Collaborative Reflection. Presented for faculty and staff at University of Southern Queensland, August 7, 2018.
Dr. Anthony Bernier Receives ALA Diversity Research Grant
Dr. Anthony Bernier is a receipient of the 2018 ALA Diversity Research Grant. His project “Searching for First Generation LIS Student Success” will analyze the experience of First Generation masters students enrolled at San Jose State University’s School of Information. This research will then address the gap in various literatures that have omitted the First-Generation graduate student experience, both on-campus and virtually.
Read here for more information about the grant.
iSchool Faculty Publishes Research in Diverse Areas
Dr. Deborah Hicks is the co-author of the upcoming article titled “Discourses of expertise in professional competency documents: Reference expertise as performance”, which is to be published in The Library Quarterly in January 2019. This study examines how reference and information service expertise is framed by professional associations in their professional competency documents.
Dr. Michele Villagran is the co-author of the article titled “Minimizing and addressing implicit bias in the workplace: Be proactive, part one“, recently published in College & Research Libraries News.
Dr. Johanna Tunon gave a keynote speech titled “Distance Library Services for Graduate Students” at ACRL DLS Discussion Group Spring Forum on March 30, 2018.
Dr. Anthony Bernier’s recent publications and presentations include:
- Franks, P. C. and Bernier, A. (2018). The international directory of national archives. Rowman & Littlefield: Lanham, MD.
- Bernier, A., Males, M. (Winter 2017). Needed: A fresh perspective on campus violence. Thought & Action 33, No. 1, pages 47-58.
- Bernier, A. (March 2018). “The youth opportunity design approach (YODA)“. Public Library Association. Philadelphia, PA.
- Bernier, A. (3 November 2017). “Forgot to include the teens, we did.” California Library Association. Riverside, CA.
Dr. Bernier also has a book coming out soon – the book title is “Transforming Young Adult Services, Second Edition” and more information about the book can be found here.
Dr. Michelle Chen’s article (co-authoered with Ducheneaux, T.), “How are we doing in tribal libraries?—A case study of Oglala Lakota College Library using information visualization,” won the 2018 Emerald Literati Award from Library Management for being one of the most exceptional pieces of work in 2017.
Dr. Kristen Rebmann Receives Federal Grant
Dr. Kristen Rebmann recently received a federal grant ($249,882) funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The grant project is titled “Native American Community Anchors: TV Whitespaces for Tribal Connectivity, Equity, and Inclusion”. This project, involving Dr. Kristen Rebmann of San Jose State University’s School of Information (SJSU-iSchool), Alana McGrattan of the Tribal Libraries Program of the New Mexico State Library (TLP-NMSL), Gar Clarke (Tribal Liaison) of the New Mexico State Department of Information Technology Office of Broadband & Geospatial Initiatives (DoIT/OBGI), Donald Means of Gigabit Libraries Network (GLN), and Dr. Elizabeth Belding of University of California, Santa Barbara’s Department of Computer Science (UCSB-CS) will collaborate with Tribal Libraries across New Mexico to explore dramatically improving Tribal internet connectivity, equity, and inclusion through the design and implementation of several TV Whitespace (TVWS) networks statewide. The project seeks to address challenges associated with Native American digital access and inclusion through a two-year, four-part work plan involving professional development, technology implementation via a subaward program, evaluation research, and model development/dissemination. The grant period runs from 10/01/2018 through 09/30/2020.
Read here for more information about the grant.
Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran Co-authors Book on Minority Leadership
Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran is a co-author of the recently published “Celebrating diversity: A legacy of minority leadership” in the American Association of Law Libraries 2nd edition. The second edition comes a decade after the first edition was published. The new edition provides insights into diversity in law librarianship, contributes to the history of diversity within the profession, and advances AALL’s purpose and values. Dr. Villagran is highlighted within the text as a Leaders of Today (pgs. 94-98). She was included in the first edition as a New and Emerging Leader.
Read here for more information about Dr. Villagran’s book.