Category Archives: SJSU SLIS

Emerging Trends & Emerging Technologies – Slides from NJLA


For my interview at SJSU and for my recent Trends & tech talks, I’m framing the discussion around the four thematic areas above. The slides from my Trends talk at New Jersey Library Association expand on the areas – I cannot believe I haven’t posted them:

I will be using this framework as I prep for my Participatory Service classes this fall.






Worldwide Library 2.011 Conference – Call for Presentations and Involvement

Join the Global Conversation

The Library 2.011 conference presents a unique chance to participate in a global conversation on the current and future state of libraries. The conference will be held online November 2-3, 2011, inmultiple time zones and languages and is free to attend!

This is the official call for presentations.

Subject Strands

There are six subject strands including the changing roles of libraries in today’s world, digital age learning cultures, and changes in accessing and organizing information. To view the complete list of conference strands, click here.

Presentation Proposals

Presentations shall be noncommercial and between 20 and 60 minutes including Q&A. Sessions will be held in the web conferencing platform Blackboard Collaborate (previously Elluminate/Wimba). Sessions will be recorded and released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, and presenters will automatically agree to these terms when submitting their presentations.

Presentation proposals are due September 15, and presentation acceptances will be communicated by September 30.

Click here for submission instructions.

Get Involved

In addition to presenting, there are many other opportunities to participate in this global event.

Volunteer – Join the volunteer group at Volunteers will assist in promoting the conference as broadly as possible. Moderators for conference sessions are also needed.

Advisory Board Member – Sign up for the international advisory board at The advisory board members will promote conference participation and attendance, find partner organizations in their regions, train and support presenters in their geographical region and local languages, and if possible, moderate sessions during the conference.

Partner – Apply to be a conference partner at Noncommercial organizations that are primarily or substantively focused on libraries, librarians, librarianship, or library programs are encouraged to become conference partners. Organizations will be listed with a link, logo, and a short description and will be provided with a “spotlight” speaker session in the conference. Conference partnership is free.


News: San Jose SLIS Awarded Federal Grant to Explore Library Residency Programs

Today’s libraries have a wealth of new technology available, offering nearly endless possibilities for leveraging that technology to better serve their patrons.  Yet libraries have limited resources available for determining which emerging technology options are most relevant to their organizations, as well as limited financial and personnel resources for implementing new technology tools.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Dr. Sandra Hirsh, professor and director of the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University, will guide a new exploration regarding how residency programs can support libraries’ efforts to integrate emerging technology.

Together with project partners, Hirsh will conduct an in-depth exploration of a new residency model for recent Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) graduates.  The residency model will focus on embedding new graduates with emerging technology skills into a range of library settings, providing libraries with additional personnel resources to support their efforts to investigate and implement new technology for the benefit of the patrons they serve.

Residencies can provide immediate and creative solutions, enabling libraries to respond to shifting priorities.  They also involve mutual learning for residents and host institutions, with residents bringing fresh insights and energy to libraries.

The San Jose School of Library and Information Science will partner with three national professional associations — the Association of College and Research Libraries, the Public Library Association, and the Urban Libraries Council, as well as OCLC, an organization that offers a depth of global expertise regarding technology integration in libraries.  With input from technical advisors, the five partners will conduct a targeted needs assessment, develop the residency program model, and prepare to pilot and evaluate the model at the end of the planning year.

The overarching goal of the project is to build a replicable residency program model aimed at helping new librarians and library leaders integrate emerging technology in diverse types of libraries.  At the same time, a secondary goal is to learn how to embed technology experts within libraries so they can be successful change agents within their institutions and the broader library community.  The project partners also hope to learn more about how to build effective and sustainable residency programs.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services, the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums, announced the award on June 21, 2011.  View their announcement here:

To learn more about SLIS, visit:

For information regarding this announcement, please contact Lisa Valdez at:


NEWS: Save the Dates – Library 2.011 Worldwide Virtual Conference, November 2-3

We are pleased to announce the Library 2.011 worldwide virtual conference, November 2 – 3, 2011. The conference will be held online, in multiple time zones, over the course of two days, and will be free to attend.

The Library 2.011 conference will be a unique chance to participate in a global conversation on the current and future state of libraries. Subject strands will include the changing roles of libraries and librarians, the increasing impact of digital media and the e-book revolution, open educational resources, digital literacy, shifts from information consumption to production (Web 2.0), multimedia and gaming spaces, libraries as community centers, the growth of individualized and self-paced learning, the library as the center of new learning models, understanding users in the digital age, assessing service delivery, and defining leadership and information professional careers in a networked and changing world.

The conference website will be hosted at Please sign up at the site to receive email updates as conference plans move forward. The call for presentation submissions will go out July 5. We are looking for conference volunteers, commercial and non-commercial partners, and conference advisory panel members! You can let us know of your interests when you sign up. Potential partner organizations can contact Steve Hargadon immediately at the contact information below.

The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at San José State University ( is the founding conference sponsor. SLIS offers a nationally ranked Master of Library and Information Science degree, which is fully accredited by the American Library Association. The School’s online delivery model allows students to live anywhere while earning their degree. SLIS also offers a fully online Master of Archives and Records Administration degree for students who are interested in pursuing a career in electronic records management. Additionally, the School partners with Queensland University of Technology to offer a doctoral program in Library and Information Science.

SLIS Director Sandra Hirsh is co-chair of the conference. Dr. Hirsh has been a faculty member at several academic institutions, was a librarian in academic and special libraries, and has more than a decade in leadership positions with Silicon Valley’s leading global companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, and LinkedIn. She is a recognized advocate for library services, has an extensive record of research in the field, and has been actively involved in leadership roles with professional associations.

Steve Hargadon, the founder of Classroom 2.0 ( and the Global Education Conference (, is the founding co-chair of the Library 2.011 conference. Steve hosts the popular interview series, and has consulted on social media and education for PBS, Intel, Ning, Microsoft, KnowledgeWorks Foundation, CoSN, MERLOT, the U.S. State Department, and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology.

We are looking forward to this momentous event, and to your participation!

Thank you,

Dr. Sandra Hirsh, Professor and Director

School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at San José State University


Steve Hargadon

Web 2.0 Labs

Email: Phone:  916-283-7901

More Information:



News: Dr. Ken Haycock Leads New Strategic Initiatives at San Jose SLIS

Dr. Sandra Hirsh, director of the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at San Jose State University, is pleased to announce that Dr. Ken Haycock has accepted her invitation to coordinate two important strategic initiatives for the School.

Haycock, a former director of the School and professor emeritus, will coordinate the School’s new Center for Information Research & Innovation.  The new Center will bring together research faculty, doctoral students, graduate research assistants, grant writers, and industry and community partners in developing, conducting, and disseminating the results of research and evaluation contracts and projects.

Haycock will also coordinate the School’s Executive MLIS program, designed for experienced library leaders.  The Executive MLIS program was launched in 2005 and is unique in the nation, with its cohort model focused on senior library managers who do not hold the MLIS degree.  Haycock will draw on feedback from current Executive MLIS students and alumni to enhance the program model, including the transition to a fully online delivery model.  SLIS will be accepting applications for the enhanced Executive MLIS program in Fall 2012.

As professor emeritus, Haycock continues to teach graduate courses in the School’s MLIS program, including a seminar in library management.  He also supervises students in the San Jose Gateway PhD program.

Additionally, Haycock is professor emeritus and former director at the University of British Columbia.  For 2010-2011 he was Follett Chair in Library and Information Science at Dominican University.  During 2010, he received awards from the American Library Association (ALA) and the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) for his contributions to graduate education.  He is incoming chair of the ALA Committee on Accreditation.

Haycock will continue to reside in Vancouver, British Columbia.

For more information regarding the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University, visit:

Note: Ken blogs here:

Press Release: Dr. Michael Stephens joins SJSU SLIS

The San José School of Library and Information Science is pleased to welcome Dr. Michael Stephens as a new full-time faculty member. Stephens is a recognized scholar and teacher in the areas of emerging technologies and library services, Learning 2.0 programs, social software, social media, digital library services, virtual communities, user-centered planning for libraries, Internet users’ information needs and behaviors online, and future roles of librarians and libraries.

Stephens has been a faculty member with Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science since 2005. Prior to joining Dominican, he spent more than 15 years working in public libraries in Indiana, where he developed a passion for the practical application of technology in libraries.

He is well known for his professional writing, which has appeared in Public Libraries, Library Journal,American Libraries, Computers in Libraries, Library Media Connection, OCLC’s NextSpace, Serials Review, Internet Reference Services Quarterly, and ALA’s TechSource blog. He serves on the editorial board of both Reference and Users Services Quarterly and Internet Reference Services Quarterly.

He published The Library Internet Trainer’s Toolkit in 2001. In 2003 he launched his weblog, Tame the Web link goes to non-SJSU web site, where he explores libraries, technology and people — and the fascinating intersection between all three.

For more than two years, he wrote a monthly Library Journal column with Michael Casey: The Transparent Library, examining how technologies can enhance libraries and make them participatory and open to change. He currently authors a monthly Library Journal column, Office Hours, a discussion of LIS education.

In addition to his articles about emerging trends and technology, which have been published in various professional and scholarly journals, Stephens has made presentations about technology, innovation, and libraries to audiences in more than 30 states and 7 countries. His most recent research involves studying the effect of Learning 2.0 programs in Australian academic libraries. It was first presented at the 2010 VALA conference and will be published in various journal articles.

Stephens received his undergraduate and Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degrees from Indiana University and his doctoral degree from the University of North Texas. His appointment with the School will begin in August 2011.