Published: March 9, 2023 by Eori Tokunaga
Please join SJSU iSchool in celebrating Women’s History Month 2023 as we honor the accomplishments of women in information!
Like many other historical heritage months, Women’s History Month began as a week-long celebration on March 7, 1982. Five years later, after being requested by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Public Law 100-9, officially designating March as the Women’s History Project. History Month. Since then, the President of the United States has issued annual proclamations and the National Women’s History Alliance has organized themes commemorating women’s history (source: womenshistorymonth.gov).
Join us on Wednesday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. PT, for our EDI Symposium, “women in informationto hear our speakers talk about their experiences working in the field of library and information science.
register here for this free event.
About the Symposium Keynote Speakers
Co-keynote speaker Dr. Sandra Hirsh previously served as a professor and director of the SJSU School of Information and is currently the associate dean for academics at the College of Professional and Global Education at San Jose State University (SJSU). She is a past president of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) and the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), and she also holds leadership positions with the American Library Association (TO THE) and in the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). She is a member emeritus of ASIS&T. She co-founded and co-chaired the Virtual Library 2.0 Global Lecture Series (https://www.library20.com).
Co-keynote speaker Dr. Sanda Erdelez is a professor and acting dean of the College of Organizational, Computer and Information Sciences at Simmons University in Boston. She has been internationally recognized for her pioneering research in the areas of information encounter and opportunistic information discovery. She is an active member of ASIS&T, where she has held numerous leadership positions, including chair of the Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval and Use (GIS USE) and member of the board of ASIS&T. In 2015, Dr. Erdelez received the SIG USE Outstanding Contribution to Information Behavior Research Award and became a member of the SIG USE Academy of Fellows. She is currently president of the organization iSchools, where she is one of the leaders of the Women’s Coalition.