LISAA Spring Dinner Honors Distinguished IS Alumnae

Annual event on May 28 will celebrate IS Class of 2015 and achievements of Esther Grassian (’67; MLS, ’69) and Sandra Hirsh (’88; Ph.D., ’96)

The UCLA Library & Information Studies Alumni Association (LISAA) and the UCLA Department of Information Studies cordially invite you to the 2015 LISAA Spring Dinner on Thursday, May 28, in the Hermosa Room in UCLA’s Carnesale Commons. The annual event will honor the graduating IS Class of 2015. In addition, the event will celebrate the achievements of this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award winner Esther Grassian (’67; MLS ’69) and feature keynote speaker Sandra G. Hirsh (’88; Ph.D. ’96).

Grassian 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.

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.

IS alumna Sandra Hirsh will serve as keynote speaker for this year's LISAA Spring Dinner. Courtesy of Andrew Magpantay
Sandra Hirsh (’88; Ph.D., ’96) will serve as keynote speaker for this year’s LISAA Spring Dinner. Courtesy of Sandra Hirsh

Hirsh is a professor and director of the School of Information at San Jose State University, which received the 2014 Online Learning Consortium’s Outstanding Online Program award. Her private industry experience includes working in the Silicon Valley for more than a decade at major technology companies including Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, and LinkedIn. As an industry user experience researcher, leader, and manager, Hirsh has contributed to R&D research projects and influenced the user experience of web, mobile, and TV consumer products resulting in five U.S. patents and applications.

Before arriving at San Jose State, Hirsh was an assistant professor at the University of Arizona. She earned her B.A. in political science /international relations and her Ph.D. in library and information science from UCLA and her M.I.L.S. from the University of Michigan. She is currently the president of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), and is active in the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and the American Library Association (ALA). Since 2011, Hirsh has served as co-founder and co-chair of the Library 2.0 global virtual conference, which attracts thousands of information professionals from around the world. Her co-edited textbook, “Information Services Today: An Introduction,” was published this year by Rowman & Littlefield.

The LISAA Spring Dinner will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m., with dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for UCLA IS alumni and friends and $10 for current UCLA students; members of the Class of 2015 will be admitted free with RSVP.

Free parking will be available for the event in the Sunset Village Structure. To RSVP, contact the UCLA Ed & IS Office of External Relations at (310) 206-0375 or via email at by May 21.


Above: IS alumna Esther Grassian (’67; MLS ’69) will be honored this year with the Distinguished Alumni Award by UCLA’s Library & Information Studies Alumni Association on May 28.