SLIS awarded for innovation

San Jose State University’s School of Library and Information Science has received the 2013 Sloan Consortium Effective Practice Award for its innovation in online education. The school, part of the College of Applied Sciences and Arts, offers

Debbie Faires receives the Sloan-C award in Florida.

completely online degree programs and has faculty who teach remotely from as far away as London.

According to the SLIS website, the award recognizes the school’s effective use of the Sloan-C Quality Scorecard for the Administration of Online Education Programs, which the school uses to measure the quality of its fully online graduate programs. The award also acknowledges the school’s efforts to share results transparently with all stakeholders by posting scorecard results ( on the school’s website.

The 2013 award winners were announced on Nov. 4. Winners will be honored Nov. 21 during the Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning in Lake Buena Vista, Fl.

The Sloan Consortium is nonprofit group of individuals, institutions and organizations that are committed to quality online education, started in 1992.

For more on the award, visit the SLIS website at

SLIS director shares journey from high tech back to academics

Dr. Sandra Hirsh
Director, School of Library and Information Sciences

Dr. Sandra Hirsh, the director of the San Jose State  University School of Library and Information Sciences, was interviewed for the teacher’s blog “Teacher Certification Degrees,” about her move to full-time academia. Hirsh oversees the College of Applied Sciences and Arts Master of Library and Information Science and Master of Archives and Record Administration programs, two exclusively online degrees offered at the university. Hirsh is also involved in the San Jose Gateway Ph.D program, which offers a part-time, online doctoral program in partnership with Queensland University of Technology.

In the interview with the blog, Hirsh shares some of her job history, which includes teaching at the University of Arizona before moving her career to Silicon Valley. She worked for technology firms including HP Labs, Microsoft and LinkedIn before she took the position as a full-time director of the SLIS programs.

Read her answers on how her experience in the private sector influences her role as director of SLIS and more at

“Teacher Certification Degrees” is a resource to those looking to explore, start or expand a career in education, with interviews from current educators on their experiences.

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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