Honoring the graduating Information Studies Class of 2015. Keynote address presented by Dr. Sandra G. Hirsh ‘88, Ph.D ’96. 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award to be presented to Esther Grassian ‘67, MLS ’69. To RSVP, please contact the GSE&IS Office of External Relations at (310) 206-0375 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 21, 2015.
Cost: UCLA Information Studies Alumni and Friends: $25 | UCLA Students: $10. Complimentary for the Class of 2015 with RSVP.
Distinguished Alumni Award Winner Esther Grassian
Esther Grassian (’67; MLS ’69) retired from the UCLA College Library in June 2011 after 41 years serving in a variety of reference, instruction and management positions, including Reference/Instruction Librarian, Electronic Services Coordinator, Instruction Coordinator, Interim Head of College Library, and Information Literacy Librarian. She was awarded Librarian of the Year in 1995 by the Librarians Association of the University of California, Los Angeles Division, and in 1998, was granted Distinguished Librarian status by the UCLA Library. She has taught as a lecturer in UCLA’s Department of Information Studies since the 1980s and received her MLS from UCLA in 1969.
Grassian has held elected and appointed positions in information-literacy-related organizations, including serving as a member of the first Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Institute for Information Literacy Advisory Board, which established the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Programs. She has also served as Chair of the ACRL Instruction Section, Chair of the California Clearinghouse on Library Instruction, South (now called ACRL CARL SCIL), and Founding Chair of LILi (Lifelong Information Literacy), a multi-type library group.
2015 LISAA Spring Dinner Keynote Speaker Dr. Sandra Hirsh
Sandra Hirsh, PhD, (‘88, Ph.D ’96). is professor and director of the School of Information at San José State University, which received the 2014 Online Learning Consortium’s Outstanding Online Program award. Prior to joining the school as director, she worked in the Silicon Valley for more than a decade at major technology companies: Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, and LinkedIn. As an industry user experience researcher, leader, and manager, she contributed to R&D research projects and influenced the user experience of web, mobile, and TV consumer products resulting in five U.S. patents/applications. She was previously an assistant professor at the University of Arizona. She received her B.A. and Ph.D. from UCLA and her M.I.L.S. from University of Michigan. She is currently 2015 President of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), and is also active in IFLA and ALA. Since 2011, she has served as the co-founder and co-chair of the Library 2.0 global virtual conference, which attracts thousands of information professionals from around the world. She is the editor of a new textbook called Information Services Today: An Introduction published by Rowman & Littlefield (2015).