SJSU student helps in search for missing Malaysian plane

Joyce Monsees, a master of library and information science student in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts School of Library and Information Science, is involved in the search for missing Malaysian flight MH 370 which was last seen on March 9. San José State University student Monsees is a volunteer with the Standby Task Force, a group of 1,000 people worldwide who monitor social media, news, medical facilities and local infrastructure sites during a natural disaster or humanitarian crisis, according to her profile on the SLIS website.

According to news reports, the Boeing 777 departed from Kuala Lumpur on its way to Beijing before it dropped communications. Satellites continued to pick up the airplane for seven hours after it departed, but then lost all transmission. On Tuesday officials said they had expanded the search to 2.24 million square nautical miles, in a wide circle that extends from Beijing to Australia to the middle of the Indian Ocean. An investigation into what happened to the flight that was carrying 227 passengers has been ongoing and involves dozens of countries, including the possibilities of a hijacking,  sabotage or other reason the plane might have gone off course.

Monsees has been helping the Standby Task Force with efforts to track satellites within the search area. The search area can be seen at the link below:

Monsees last virtual deployment was in September 2013 when she helped aid workers after a 7.7 magnitude earthquake in Pakinstan by providing maps that showed locations of hospitals, shelters, and areas with road closures and power outages.

Monsees is a graduate student in the fully-online Master of Library and Information Science Program. She took Dr. Christine Hagar’s LIBR 281 Crisis/Disaster Health Informatics class in fall 2013 and has been putting her knowledge to use in her volunteer efforts.

For more on the School of Library and Information Science, visit.

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

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:

Find the original article here.

SLIS Student Jonathan Ward Nominated for Grammy in Best Historical Album

by Sandy Hirsh

SLIS student Jonathan Ward has been nominated for a Grammy in the category of best historical album for his album: Opika Pende: Africa At 78 RPM.  The Grammy Award Ceremony is February 10, 2013.  He has stiff competition, but it is amazing to be nominated. On behalf of SLIS and CASA, we want to congratulate Mr. Ward on his Grammy nomination.

Mr. Ward is quoted as saying, “It is truly astonishing to consider the tremendous variety of music that was pressed to shellac discs on the continent of Africa. Popular songs, topical songs, work songs, comic songs, songs of worship, ritual, dance, and praise—the sheer range of musical styles resists any easy categorization. Further, African geography itself resists boundaries. The boundaries of cultures and languages are often far more complex than political boundaries. Complicating things further, entire countries seem to have been skipped over by both commercial 78 rpm record companies and ethnographers during the 78 rpm era. No doubt it was the same with many cultures. But that doesn’t mean that 78s weren’t everywhere, even in remote parts of the continent. By the mid-1960s, 78s were still a popular if not preferred medium in much of Africa, as a significant amount of the population still used wind-up gramophone players.”

A link to the album and music can be found here:

ASIS&T Student Chapter at SJSU SLIS Wins Professional Association’s 2012 Student Chapter of the Year Award


Congratulations to the ASIS&T Student Chapter at SJSU SLIS who recently won a national student group award. The student group has journeyed from establishing the chapter’s charter just a year ago to receiving recognition as the professional association’s 2012 Student Chapter of the Year. Incredible growth in the space of year highlights the continued dedication of CASA faculty and students.

“I was thrilled to learn that our student chapter won this national award, especially during its first year of existence” said Sarah Emmerson, who was the chair of the newly established student chapter. “We hit the ground running in August 2011 to make a success of the student chapter from its beginning.”

Please join us in celebrating their accomplishments and take a second to note the positive work our students continue to do in the community and the nationwide.  This is just one example of the groundbreaking work being done in SLIS.

A link to the news announcement can be found below.

For more information about the ASIS&T Student Chapter at SJSU SLIS, please visit:

In addition to ASIS&T, SJSU SLIS offers student chapters of the American Library Association and the Society of American Archivists. Current SLIS students can also join the combined student and alumni group, SLISConnect.