Sandra Hirsh, Professor and Director, School of Information, San Jose State University
Dr. Sandra Hirsh is a professor and director of the School of Information at San Jose State University. SJSU School of Information provides graduate education to students around the world through 100% online programs and received the 2014 Online Learning Consortium’s Outstanding Online Program award. Prior to joining San Jose State University in 2010, Dr. Hirsh worked in private industry in the Silicon Valley for more than a decade at major technology companies including Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, and LinkedIn. As an industry user experience researcher, leader, and manager, Hirsh contributed to R&D research projects and influenced the user experience of web, mobile, and TV consumer products resulting in one U.S. patent and four patent applications. Hirsh also previously worked an assistant professor at the University of Arizona. She earned her B.A. in political science /international relations and her Ph.D. in library and information science from UCLA and her M.I.L.S. from the University of Michigan. She is currently serving as immediate past president of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), and holds leadership roles in the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and the American Library Association (ALA). Since 2011, Hirsh has served as co-founder and co-chair of the Library 2.0 global virtual conference, which attracts thousands of information professionals from around the world. Her textbook, Information Services Today: An Introduction, was published in 2015 by Rowman & Littlefield and is being used in library and information science programs across the United States and Canada. She serves on several advisory and editorial boards, including on the ALA Center for the Future of Libraries Advisory Board and on theInformation Processing & Management and the Political Librarian Editorial Boards.