Dr. Sandra Hirsh is Associate Dean for Academics in the College of Professional and Global Education at San José State University. She previously served as Professor and Director of the School of Information at San José State University for ten years from 2010-2020. 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 2 U.S. patents and 3 patent applications. She has published two editions of her book, Information Services Today: An Introduction,
with Rowman & Littlefield. In November 2019, she published a book Blockchain
, as book 3 in the ALA Library Futures Series
. She has held numerous leadership roles in professional associations, including serving as President of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) – a position she is currently serving – and as Past President of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T). She is also active in the American Library Association, currently serving on ALA Council and as a an advisory board member for the ALA Center for the Future of Libraries, and in IFLA, currently serving on the standing committee for Continuing Professional Development & Workplace Learning. She co-founded and co-chairs the global virtual Library 2.0 conference series
. She holds both a bachelor's degree and Ph.D. from UCLA and a MLIS degree from the University of Michigan.