MPH Students Received Highly-Competitive Scholarships & Awards

Two MPH students have received highly competitive scholarships – both scholarships provide substantial financial awards!

Erica Eilenberg received the Woman Healthcare Executives Scholarship (in her nomination letter I highlighted her career goal of integrating nutrition with public health) and Alexis Fields received the American Society of Safety Engineers Scholarship (in her nomination letter I highlighted her project goal of promoting park use among adolescent girls in East Palo Alto).

Both students will be honored at each award sponsor’s reception. Please join us in congratulating these students for receiving these impressive and esteemed scholarships.

50th Anniversary Dr. Martin Luther King’s Letter From Birmingham Jail – SJ Public Library Celebration

by Bob Rucker

1963 was the year the nation watched as the evolving events in Birmingham, Alabama, marked a turning point in the long struggle for freedom. On Good Friday, April 12, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was arrested for his non-violent protest. A few days later on April 16, while still in jail, Dr. King wrote his prophetic epistle Letter From Birmingham Jail to fight against racial segregation.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary, the Birmingham Public Library is sponsoring a worldwide event where participants will read Dr. King’s Letter at various locations around the globe.

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, is honored to be one of those worldwide locations. This event was held, toda, Tuesday April 16 at noon, in the lobby of the King Library, where San Jose State University and the San Jose Public Library will host collective readings of the “Letter.

We celebrate the courage and defiance of the citizens of Birmingham in their ongoing efforts to fight bravely against oppression and for the right to live as equals.

If you could come to the library, please join the celebration and read the letter on April 16, to yourself or out loud, wherever you may be, and walk for a brief moment in the footsteps of the men and women who fought and believed that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

In partnering with the library, Dr. Michael Cheers, photojournalism professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, had on display during the reading, a series of photographs featuring Bay Area ministers that illustrate Dr. King at the time of his arrest and jailing.
Thank you to all those who joined us at the event.

Health Science 158 Class Integrates 21st Century Tech for 21st Century Care

In the past year, we have had some excellent examples of CASA professors using edu-tech in classrooms to transform the way students learn, collaborate, and share. One standout example can be seen in the work being done in HS 158 Health Communications & Technology, led by edu-tech innovator Frank Strona and TA Rebecca Krueger. The students develop health communication projects using 21st century web-media and other online technologies, which are then presented by students to community hosts and partners at the end of the semester. This is an excellent example of using technology to connect students, community partners, and solid pedagogical practices. Student groups dedicate an entire semester to creating a digital, interactive technology-based project or educational interventions. The most recent event was held Tuesday December 4th, 2012 in rooms 225/229 of the Dr. MLK Jr. Library from 3:00pm to 5:45pm.

Reflecting on last semester event, Krueger noted, “It was such a delight to see students from HS158 proudly present their semester-long projects during the annual Sampler Event and Celebration on December 4, 2012. As a Teaching Associate (TA) for the course, it was both a joy and a treat to watch these young professionals display their hard work and accomplishments, ultimately donating a semester’s worth of their good services to various health-related community efforts around the Bay Area. Frank Strona’s dedication to the utilization of 21st century technology in the classroom arms students with real-world skills and experiences that will prepare them to function in today’s diverse and interconnected workforce. I have no doubt that students in HS158 will be well prepared not only to meet the needs of the modern workplace, but they will excel in it!”

Dave Spath, from California Public Health Association-North (CPHA-N) one of Community Hosts for the end-of-semester event, noted on last semester’s event, “I was impressed by the creativity of the three groups particularly the design of the short videos. I thought that the use of their fellow students in the short videos was an excellent way to convey a very strong message to their peers on the subject matter i.e., the important health issue of STDs and why they should become involved in an organization that supports public health activities.  I was frankly amazed that these students who prior to taking the class had little experience in health communication and available technologies were able to produce such polished products in the time that they had available.  I look forward to my organization sponsoring additional projects in the future.”

HS158 attempts to engage its students in an active experience that explores the evolving roles of the Health Science graduate in the workplace today. Core elements of the course allow students to build on group skills, new digital technologies and the Internet as tools for health promotion, disease prevention, and health care. HS158 is founded on a belief that a health professional’s relationship in the team process is as integral to the professional today as is a thorough understanding and integration of how technology can act as a partner to improve local community health communication, increase access to programs and improve community health outcomes.

Upon successfully completing this course, students are able to:

  1. Understand the history, use, and potential of technology and new social media in Health Communication.
  2. Assess the scientific merit (evaluate) of information posted on the web, as well as other uses of non-scientific information for understanding community health and education/communication opportunities.
  3. Complete a comprehensive team project that will be used to explore and address health communication and technology.
  4. Assess and identify appropriate local and national Social Media Resources.
  5. Develop and present material in a professional manner, using current technology- based tools.
  6. Develop a digital, interactive technology-based project or educational intervention.

Look for a follow-up on this blog for info on future events for HS158.

Library 2.013 Worldwide Virtual Conference

repost from SLIS Library 2.0 Website.

The dates are set for the Library 2.013 Worldwide Virtual Conference. The third annual global conversation about the future of libraries is scheduled for October 18-19, 2013. The conference will once again be held entirely online around the clock in multiple languages and time zones. Everyone is invited to participate in this FREE forum designed to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing among information professionals worldwide.

To be kept informed of the latest conference news and updates, please 
join the Library 2.0 network. You do not need to join this network to attend, but doing so will also allow you to correspond with the presenters and other members, and to comment on sessions and discussions.

NEW for 2013! The Library 2.013 conference will feature two additional themed conference strands: 1) Doctoral Student Research and 2) Library and Information Center “Tours.” We encourage doctoral students to take advantage of this exciting opportunity to present their research and hone their online presentation skills. We also heard that many of you want to “see” libraries from around the globe. Presenters will take conference attendees on virtual tours of their libraries or information centers. We will post more information soon on the format of these tours.

Altogether, there will be eight conference strands covering a wide variety of timely topics, such as, MOOCs, e-books, maker spaces, mobile services, embedded librarians, green libraries, and more! Presenters may also submit presentations that cover LIS-related topics not included in the themed strands. The Library 2.013 Worldwide Virtual Conference is a great opportunity for professional development and networking. View the Conference Strands. (As a reminder, recordings of the Library 2.012 Worldwide Virtual Conference presentations are still available for viewing at your convenience.)

We are looking forward to the third year of this 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
More Information:

Steve Hargadon
Web 2.0 Labs
Phone: 916-283-7901
More Information: and

  • The call for presentation proposals goes out early April.
  • The conference begins: October 18, 2013
  • International Advisory Board: Anyone can apply to be a member of the international advisory board. Advisory board members are recognized on the website and are asked to:
    • Promote both participation and attendance at the conference
    • Help us find additional partner organizations in their region(s)
    • Help support and potentially train presenters in their geographical region and local languages
    • If possible, help moderate sessions during the actual conference

    As a conference that is focused on being “inclusive,” our desire is to have international attendees see this as a truly world-wide and not a North-America-centric event, and to see themselves as full participants and presenters, not just the audience. To sign up for the advisory board, please make sure you have joined the Library 2.0 online network, and then join the advisory board group specifically at

  • Conference Partner Organizations:  Whether you are a small school library or a multi-national organization, we want to encourage you to become a conference partner. You must be non-commercial and primarily or substantively focused on libraries, librarians, librarianship, or library programs to be approved. Once approved, your organization will be listed with a link, logo, and a short description; and you will be provided with a “spotlight” speaker session in the conference.Our goal for the conference is to have it continue to be a milestone event, bringing together organizations and individuals from all over the world. We recognize that much (if not most!) of the outreach for this conference will come from libraries, schools, or organizations who advertise the conference to their memberships, and we want to recognize and “reward” those who do this!

    There are no financial obligations for being a partner organization–all we ask is that you actively promote the conference to your membership and network, and encourage participation as well as presentations and submissions. To apply to be a conference partner organization, please make sure you have joined the Library 2.0 online network, and then join the partner group specifically at

  • We’ll also be looking for volunteers and sponsors. Join the Library 2.0 network to receive updates, or contact Steve Hargadon ( for more information.
  • The San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science is a founding partner of the annual Library 2.0 conference series. Follow SJSU SLIS on Pinterest, including the Library 2.013 board.

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Library 2.013 Conference Presents Open Forum for Knowledge Sharing

repost from SLIS

We’re received many nominations for keynote presenters, and now it is your turn to join the Library 2.013 Worldwide Virtual Conference lineup. This is the official call for presentation proposals.

This fully online, participatory conference presents a unique opportunity to showcase the excellent research and work that you do every day. How does your library manage digital collections? Is your library mobile friendly? Do you have a story to tell about maker spaces? Your participation as a presenter will steer the global conversation about the future of libraries.

Everyone is welcome to submit a presentation proposal and participate in this free event. There are no registration fees and no travel requirements. The entire conference will be held online via web conferencing, with presentations held in multiple languages and scheduled around the clock over the course of two days, starting October 18, 2013.

The Library 2.013 Worldwide Virtual Conference presentations will cover eight subject strands, addressing a wide variety of timely topics, such as MOOCs, e-books, maker spaces, mobile services, embedded librarians, green libraries, and more! Doctoral students will also have their own strand for presenting their research. Plus, there will be a new strand dedicated to virtual library tours.

Library 2.013 Conference Strands

  1. Digital Services, Preservation, and Access
  2. Emerging Technologies and Trends
  3. Learning Commons (for school libraries and/or academic libraries)
  4. Management of Libraries and Information Centers in the 21st Century
  5. User Centered Services and Models
  6. Library and Information Professionals – Evolving Roles and Opportunities
  7. Doctoral Student Research
  8. Library and Information Center “Tours”

To view examples of presentation topics for each subject strand, click here.

Your presentation does not have to fit into the conference strands to be considered – the strands exist for the convenience of those interested in finding particular themes. Proposal acceptances will be communicated on a first-come, first-served basis starting June 15. If your proposal is accepted, you will be provided with the ability to schedule a presentation time that is convenient to your time zone and work schedule. Early proposal submission and acceptance will give you the most flexibility for scheduling your presentation. The deadline to submit presentation proposals is September 30. For presentation requirements, please visit:

Submit Your Proposal

The Library 2.013 Worldwide Virtual Conference is our third installment of the Library 2.0 conference series, co-founded by the nationally ranked San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science and Web 2.0 Labs. Last year’s Library 2.012 conference featured 150 fully online presentations given by scholars and information professionals worldwide. If you missed any of the presentations, you can still access recordings of the presentations. A wealth of information was also shared during the inaugural Library 2.011 conference. A list of recordings can be found here.

For more information about the conference and how you can get involved as a partner, sponsor, volunteer, and advisory board member, please visit:

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