J Michael DeMars
Systems and Reference & Instruction Librarian
I currently work in both the Library Systems Department and the Instruction Department at the Pollak Library. I am the subject liaison for the departments of Kinesiology, Health Science, and Nursing. In the systems department I work on projects related to discovery and user experience.
2006, MLIS, San Jose State University
1998, B.A., University of California Santa Cruz
My ongoing study of the interaction between users and the library research tools has led to development of innovative ways to ensure technology is meeting patrons’ information needs. My past projects have included building search widgets, co-developing a homegrown system for creating online research guides, and the production of multimedia content. My research interests include point-of-need information services, e-learning, mobile technologies, and web metrics. I am also interested in the search process and developing ways to improve existing search tools to better meet the need of our students, faculty and staff.
Courses Regularly Taught
Presentations & Lectures
DeMars, J., & Roll, A. (2017, September). Moving collections forward: Leveraging Alma for consortial collection management. Presented at the International Group of Ex Libris Users Conference, Saint Petersburg, Russia.
DeMars, J. (2017, August). Discovering Our Users: A Multi-campus Usability Study of Primo. Paper presented at IFLA World Library & Information Congress Satellite Meeting, Warsaw, Poland.
DeMars, J., & Roll, A. (2016, August). Weeding by committee: Involving faculty in the deselection process. Paper presented at the IFLA World Library & Information Congress, Columbus, OH.
DeMars, J., & Roll, A. (2015, November). Weeding out in the open: What will the neighbors think? Presented at the Charleston Conference, Charleston, SC.
DeMars, J. & Bedoya, J. (2015, March). Understanding your Users: Using Google Analytics and Forms at your Library. Presented at Electronic Resources & Libraries Conference, Austin, TX.
DeMars, J. & Bedoya, J. (2014, March). Making data less daunting: Using data refinement tools to improve user experience. Presented at Electronic Resources & Libraries Conference, Austin, TX.
DeMars, J. (2013, October). Teaching machines: Creating better search engines. Presented at Internet Librarian, Monterey, CA.
DeMars, J. (2013, May) Pollak Library in the LMS. Presented at CSU Library/LMS Integration Webinar.
DeMars, J. (2013, January). Teaching the machine. Presented at CSU LibIT Conference, Fullerton CA.
DeMars, J. (2012, March). Learning, tuning, tweaking: Better sites for users. Presented at Computers in Libraries, Annual Conference, Washington DC.
DeMars, J. (2011, March). Mobilize your library: Making a mobile enhanced website. Presented at the Association of College and Research Libraries, Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
DeMars, J. (2011, March). Cool tools: Measuring, visualizing and analyzing what libraries do.” Presented at the Computers in Libraries Conference, Washington DC.
DeMars, J. (2010, July). Smarter phones: Creating a pocket sized academic library. Presented at the Handheld Librarian Online Conference III, Online Web Conference.
DeMars, J. (2009, November). Turning your virtual reference service into the first-class service that users expect and deserve.” Presented at the Brick and Click Academic Symposium, Northwest Missouri University, Maryville, MO.
DeMars, J. (2009, November). Making virtual reference multidimensional. Presented at the Internet Librarian conference, Monterey, CA.
DeMars, J. (2009, March). Library subject guide widgets. Presented at the Association of College and Research Libraries, Annual Conference, Seattle, WA.
DeMars, J. (2017). Discovering our users: A multi-campus usability study of Primo . IFLA Library.
DeMars, J., & Roll, A. (2016). Weeding by committee: Involving faculty in the deselection process. IFLA Library.
DeMars, J.M. (2012). Smarter phones: Creating a pocket sized academic library. The Reference Librarian, 53(3), 253-262.
Breitbach, W., & DeMars, J. (2009). Enhancing virtual reference: Technologies and enhancements to engage users and enrich interaction. Internet Reference Services Quarterly, 14(3), 82-91.
- Anthropology 458 -Abraham
- Business 301 -- Nagano
- Health Science
- Health Science 220
- Health Science 400
- Health Science 410
- Health Science 411
- Health Science 500
- Human Communications 475 -Speech-Language Pathology
- Human Communications 501
- Kinesiology 202
- Kinesiology 202 - Harmston
- Kinesiology 414 -Statler
- Kinesiology 580 -Statler
- Liberal Studies 401 -Tobias
- Liberal Studies 492 -Lambert
- Nursing 305
- Nursing 322 -Burke
- Nursing 322 -Dacanay
- Nursing 322 -Roberts
- Nursing 501
- Nursing 505B
- Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice
- Pollak Library Emergency Page
- Sunny Hills High School IB