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About Sandra Hirsh

Sandra Hirsh, PhD, is professor and director of the School of Information at San José State University. Prior to joining the school as director, she worked in the Silicon Valley for more than a decade at major technology companies: Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, and LinkedIn. As an industry user experience researcher, leader, and manager, she contributed to R&D research projects and influenced the user experience of web, mobile, and TV consumer products resulting in two U.S. patents. She was previously an assistant professor at the University of Arizona, and has taught courses for San José State University and the University of Washington.

Hirsh's research and scholarship fall into three main areas: user/information-seeking behavior, especially in relation to technology use; global learning; and, online experiences and communities. This work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and has appeared in international conference proceedings. She also has edited a foundational library and information science textbook, Information Services Today: An Introduction. She has served in numerous leadership roles including as President of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), as committee chair and member in ALA, IFLA, ASIS&T, and SLA, and as advisory board and editorial board member for several organizations.  She also has actively participated in her local community, serving for many years on the Palo Alto Library Advisory Commission and Library Bond Oversight Committee. She is the co-founder and has served as co-chair of the global virtual Library 2.0 conference series since 2011. She is currently working on an IMLS grant with Dr. Sue Alman to explore possible applications of blockchain technology in libraries; this work will be published in a book in 2019.


2010 - Present Professor and Director, San Jose State University School of Information
2002 Adjunct Professor, University of Washington ‐ Information School
1995 - 1998 Assistant Professor, University of Arizona ‐ School of Information Resources and Library Science
1992 - 1993 Teaching Associate, University of California, Los Angeles ‐ Graduate School of Education & Information Studies
1991 - 1993 Adjunct Assistant Professor, California State University, Fullerton ‐ Library Science Program

Curriculum Vitae


2011 - 2012 Research Incentive Grant Proposal
Role: Principal Investigator
1999 - 2000 Internal Grant
HP Labs
Role: Principal Investigator
Colleague(s): Catherine Slater, Steve Joiner, SY Wang
1997 - 1998 Small Grant Program
Office of the Vice President for Research, University of Arizona - 425756
Role: Principal Investigator
1993 - 1994 Travel grant
National Science Foundation and Department of Industry, Technology, and Commerce, Australia
Role: Coinvestigator
Colleague(s): John Hiller, Christine Borgman
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2019 - Present President-Elect, Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE)
2018 - Present Board Member, Congregation Beth Am Women
2017 - Present Committee Member, California Library Association (CLA)
2016 - Present Editorial Board Member, Information Processing & Management
2015 - Present Executive Board Member, IRRT, American Library Association
2011 - Present Co-Chair and Co-Founder, Library 2.0 Virtual Global Conference Series
2010 - Present Member, American Library Association (ALA)
2010 - Present Member, Special Libraries Association (SLA)
2007 - Present Member, Association for Computing Machinery, Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI)
2005 - Present Member, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the ACM SIGCHI (BayCHI)
1994 - Present Member, Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T)
2017 - 2021 Member, University Strategic Planning Committee, a Special Agency of the Senate
2016 - 2021 Member, University Budget Advisory Committee, a Special Agency of the Senate
2015 - 2021 Councilor, IRRT, American Library Association
2017 - 2019 Co-Chair, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
2015 - 2019 Chair, ALA Publishing Committee
2015 President, Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T)
2014 - 2015 Program Committee Member, Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (EBLIP)
2009 - 2015 Advisory Board Member, Library Bond Measure Oversight Advisory Board
2011 - 2012 Committee Member, Association for Information Science & Technology – Los Angeles Chapter (LACASIS&T)
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Honors and Awards

  • 2017-2019 National Leadership Grants for Libraries, Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • 2017-2020 Rikkyo University Special Fund for Research (Rikkyo SFR): For Research Collaborative Projects
  • 2017-2020 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • 1997 Arizona Department of Library, Archives and Public Records. Award 431920


  • INFO 298 – Special Studies


1996 Ph.D., Library and Information Science, University of Los Angeles ‐ Department of Information Studies
1990 MLIS, Information and Library Science, University of Michigan ‐ School of Information
1988 BA, Political Science/International Relations (magna cum laude), University of California, Los Angeles ‐ Department of Information Studies

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Books (6)

SJSU Author & Artist Celebration (4)

Technical and Consulting Reports (12)

Book Chapters (8)