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2019 IS Alumni Annual Spring Dinner

May 30, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

2019 IS Alumni Annual Spring Dinner

The UCLA Library & Information Studies Alumni Association (LISAA) and the UCLA Department of Information Studies cordially invite you to the 2019 LISAA Spring Awards Dinner.

This year the annual event will celebrate the achievements of the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award winner Sandra Hirsh (Ph.D.’96).

The event will also be honoring the graduating IS Class of 2019 and will feature keynote speaker Greg Lucas, California State Librarian.


When: Thursday, May 30, 2019 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Where: Carnesale Commons, Palisades Room (350 De Neve Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90095)

To RSVP, please contact the GSE&IS Office of External Relations at (310) 206-0375 or via email at alumni@gseis.ucla.edu by May 22, 2019.

Cost: UCLA Information Studies Alumni and Friends: $25 | UCLA Students: $10.  Complimentary for the Class of 2019 with RSVP.

Parking: Complimentary parking will be available in Sunset Village for the event.


2019 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner 

Sandra Hirsh (Ph.D. ‘96)

Dr. Sandra Hirsh has served as Director and Professor of the School of Information at San José State University, which offers 100% online graduate programs with more than 1800 students, since 2010. In this role, she has shepherded the School through a name change and through reaccreditation as the first 100% online MLIS program to go through the process. She led the School during the development of new certificate programs and a new master degree, as well as a virtual research center. Prior to joining San Jose State University, she worked in the Silicon Valley in R&D and consumer product development for more than a decade at major technology companies: Hewlett Packard Labs, Microsoft, and LinkedIn. She previously was an Assistant Professor at the School of Information Resources & Library Science at the University of Arizona.

Throughout her career, she has focused on global initiatives and continuing professional development. She co-founded and co-chairs the global virtual Library 2.0 conference series. She served as the president of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T). This April she was elected President-elect of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) for the presidential term 2020-2021. She is currently serving as the co-chair of the IFLA Continuing Professional Development & Workplace Learning standing committee, the American Library Association Council representative for the International Relations Roundtable, and advisory board member for the Center for the Future of Libraries. In California, she serves on the Califa Board and on the CLA Developing Leaders in California Libraries Board. She also has been a local advocate for libraries in her community; she served for 6 years each on the Palo Alto Library Advisory Committee and Library Bond Measure Oversight Advisory Board.

She is the editor of Information Services Today: An Introduction, a foundational textbook for the information professions; the second edition was published in March 2018. She and her colleague Susan Alman are co-Principal Investigators of an IMLS-funded project to determine the feasibility of using blockchain technology in libraries. Their forthcoming book will be published as Blockchain, book #3 in the ALA Future Series. She holds two U.S. patents for work that she did when she was at Microsoft. In the past few years, she was a Salzburg Fellow and a visiting scholar at Rikkyo University in Japan. She holds both a bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. from UCLA and a MLIS degree from the University of Michigan.


2019 LISAA Spring Dinner Keynote Speaker

Greg Lucas, California State Librarian

Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Greg Lucas California’s 25th State Librarian in May 2014. Previously, Greg was the bureau chief for the San Francisco Chronicle and covered politics and policy at the State Capitol for nearly 20 years.

The State Library – California’s version of the Library of Congress – invests $10 million annually in local libraries to develop innovative and efficient ways to serve communities, including investment to improve high-speed internet access and goal of library cards in the hands of every school-age child in the state.

Greg has degrees from Stanford University (B.A. communications), USC (M.A. professional writing) and recently attained his Masters in Information Science from San Jose State University.


May 30, 2019
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Carnesale Commons, Palisades Room, UCLA Campus
251 Charles E. Young Drive, West
Los Angeles, 90095
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