SLIS to host 2014 Faculty and Staff Awards

The College of Applied Sciences and Arts’ School of Library and Information Sciences at San Jose State University will host the 2014 Faculty and Staff Awards on May 15 with a reception. The annual event honors distinguished faculty and staff for their service, scholarship and teaching excellence within the School of Library and Information Science.

Each year candidates are nominated by fellow faculty and staff members as well as through self-nomination. This year 12 individuals will be honored in such categories as outstanding professor, distinguished scholars, distinguished service and more.

This year’s honorees include:

  • Dr. Debra Hansen, Outstanding Professor
  • Dr. Anthony Bernier and Dr. Susan Maret, Distinguished Scholars
  • Beth Wrenn-Estes, Distinguished Service (Faculty)
  • Kristina Luna and Vicki Robison, Distinguished Service (Staff)
  • Suzanne Harris, Distinguished Service (Special/Other)
  • Dr. Mary Ann Harlan, Outstanding Lecturer
  • Melba Tomeo, Outstanding Teacher
  • Dr. Lili Luo, Outreach and Collaboration
  • Marci Hunsaker and Dora Ozawa, Special Recognition

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SJSU’s SLIS honored with award for online teaching excellence

San José State University’s School of Library and Information Science in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts received the 2013 Excellence in Online Teaching Award from the Web-based Information Science Education consortium. The consortium is made up of Library and Information Science graduate schools in the United States and Canada.

Dr. Michelle Holschuh Simmons was honored for the fourth time for her teaching on information literacy and information resources. Professors are nominated by students in their online courses.  One student said while it can be hard to connect with professors in online courses, Simmons’ “humor and thoughtfulness made me feel as if I was in a classroom, face-to-face with her.”

Dr. Michael Stephens has also been recognized multiple times by WISE for “his ability to bring authenticity, as well as vast knowledge of technology trends, to his online courses.”

Melba Tomeo was recognized for her teaching on the history of youth literature. Students said Tomeo creates a dynamic and interactive environment for them.  “She demonstrates a genuine passion for youth literature, which is very infectious!” one student said in a nomination.

The three instructors teach in the American Library Association-accredited Master of Library and Information Science program in the School of Library and information Science, where classes are taught exclusively online. The WISE awards were announced at the Association for Library and Information Science Education 2014 conference in Philadelphia.

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SLIS professor promotes access to mobile healthcare info


Christine Hagar, Assistant Professor
School of Library and Information Science

Christine Hagar, a professor with the College of Applied Sciences and Arts’ School of Library and Information Sciences ( at San José State University, presented on the Mobile Health Information For All by 2015 project that is being led by the Health Information For All 2012-15 Challenge Working Group at a symposium in January.

At the BOBCATSSS conference (named for the nine universities involved in the first symposium in 1993,) Hagar presented on the need for everyone to have “healthcare knowledge and timely access to healthcare information to protect their own health and the health of others.” Hagar and the working group have proposed two stages to a project to increase access to healthcare knowledge, especially in low-income countries, with an emphasis on first aid, maternal and child health information. The group looked at existing frameworks for using mobile phones for providing health information in low-income countries with plans to provide consultation in the future.

With their preliminary findings, they have discovered that out of 1,500 mobile health projects or programs, only nine were found that provide residents in low-income countries with information to deal effectively with acute healthcare situations (see attached poster.)

Hagar worked with Heather Katzinel, a master of library sciences student, who worked as a research assistant during Fall 2013 to come up with the preliminary findings.

The HIFA2015 mission statement follows:

“By 2015, at least one telecoms provider, in at least one country, will endorse the vision of Health Information For All, and will provide free access to essential healthcare knowledge in the local language, preloaded on all new mobile phones they may sell and freely downloadable to all those who already have mobile phones.”

The HIFA2015 community involves more than 10,000 professionals in 167 countries, and includes health workers, publishers, librarians, information technologists, researchers, social scientists, journalists, policy-makers and others – working together towards a shared vision of a world where people are no longer dying or suffering as a result of lack of basic healthcare knowledge. HIFA2015 contributes to the broader goal of the Global Health Workforce Alliance ( “All people everywhere will have access to a skilled, motivated and supported health worker, within a robust health system.”

You can join HIFA2015 at

mHealth poster (PDF)

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