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About Virginia M. Tucker, PhD, MLS

Virginia Tucker is an Associate Professor in the School of Information at San José State University. Dr. Tucker teaches and coordinates curriculum in information retrieval, user-centered design, advanced search, and information architecture. She received the Outstanding Professor Award in 2018 and the Distinguished Scholar Award in 2021. Her research focuses on knowledge organization, information experience, expert search, and threshold concepts. Prior to joining the School of Information faculty, Dr. Tucker was a product architect at Dialog/Thomson (now ProQuest), the client training manager at Dialog Information Services, and the Physics Librarian at Stanford University. She was a County Law Librarian for over ten years. Dr. Tucker has a PhD in information systems from Queensland University of Technology, an MLS from the University of California at Berkeley, and a BA in music from Stanford University.


2021 - Present Associate Professor, San Jose State University School of Information
2017 - 2021 Associate Coordinator, San Jose Gateway PhD Program, San Jose State University School of Information
2016 - 2021 Assistant Professor, San Jose State University School of Information
2005 - 2016 Lecturer, San Jose State University School of Information

Curriculum Vitae


2015 Textbook Alternative Project (TAP)
San Jose State University
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2017 - Present Reviewer, Information & Learning Science
2012 - Present Reviewer, Journal of Education for Library & Information Science (JELIS)
Present Member, Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T)
Present Member, Association for Library & Information Science Education (ALISE)
Present Member, Information Architecture Institute (IAI)
Present Member, International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO)
Present Member, Law Librarians of Puget Sound (LLOPS)
2017 Nominating coordinator, ASIS&T Cretsos Leadership Award recipient
2008 - 2016 Columnist, The Nook on legal research methods and technology. Whatcom County Bar Association newsletter.
2009 - 2010 Expert Advisory Panel, ProQuest Dialog Interface Redesign
1991 - 1993 District Officer, Business & Professional Women (WA)
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Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Professor Award Recipient, School of Information, San José State University, 2018
  • Law Day Award Recipient, Whatcom County Bar Association, Cited for ‘Dedication to the Spirit of the Law’, 2016
  • Outstanding Lecturer Award, School of Information, San José State University, 2011.
  • National Liberty Bell Award, Washington State Bar Association, Cited for ‘Outstanding work as a Law Librarian in helping the public gain a better understanding of the law,’ 2010.
  • Award of Excellence Nominee, Thomson Corporation, 2003.


2013 Ph.D., Queensland University of Technology ‐ Information Systems
1978 M.L.S., University of California - Berkeley ‐ Library & Information Science
1976 B.A., Stanford University ‐ Music Composition with minor concentration in Physics

Articles - Peer-reviewed (14)

Books (4)

Book Chapters - Peer-reviewed (3)

Conference Presentations – Peer-reviewed (21)