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

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