SJSU SLIS Faculty Members Partner with Loyola Marymount University to Foster
Research by Academic Librarians 

Two faculty members from the San Jose State University (SJSU) School of
Library and Information Science will partner with scholars from Loyola
Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles, California, to develop and
implement a professional development program aimed at helping academic
librarians become skilled researchers who engage in research, share
findings, and mentor peers. 

Thanks to a three-year grant from the Institute of Museum and Library
Services <> ,
announced on September 26, 2013, Dr. Lili Luo
<>  and Dr. Michael
Stephens <>
from the SJSU information school will collaborate with faculty from the LMU
Library to develop the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship.
Approximately 60 academic and research librarians will attend the institute
during a three-year timespan. In addition to onsite instruction, institute
participants will receive ongoing mentoring and support throughout the year,
as they complete research projects.

Luo, an expert regarding research methods education for information
professionals, will serve as one of the project's lead instructors,
responsible for developing, delivering, assessing, and refining institute
curriculum. Additionally, Luo's in-depth knowledge regarding online learning
will help the team explore options for delivering some of the institute
curriculum virtually, including learning activities that take place before
participants attend a nine-day onsite summer institute. 

Stephens will serve as an institute instructor and help the planning team
explore options for delivering institute curriculum online. He will also
identify and develop ways to provide ongoing support to institute
participants. They will learn how to build personal learning networks, so in
the years ahead, they can receive ongoing mentoring and remain motivated to
conduct research and share findings. 

More information regarding the project, including information for
individuals interested in attending the institute, will be available soon
via the LMU Library website <> .


The San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science
(SJSU SLIS) is a recognized leader in online learning and is a member of the
Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) and Quality Matters. In 2012, the information
school's online programs received a score in the exemplary range according
to the Sloan-C Quality Scorecard
<>  for the Administration of
Online Education Programs.


SJSU SLIS prepares individuals for professional careers in the information
profession. The information school offers the following online educational
programs <>


*	Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS)
*	Teacher Librarian Program
*	Master of Archives and Records Administration (MARA)
*	Post-Master's Certificate in Library and Information Science
*	San Jose Gateway PhD Program


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