About iStudent Blog

Welcome to the iStudent blog, written by a student currently deep in the trenches of the graduate school experience, passing along encouragement, information and resources to other current and prospective students.

The iStudent Blog is where new and prospective students can find information and answers to all those questions about classes, enrollment and online learning. You’ll also find posts about iSchool career pathways and reviews of informational webinars. Be sure to check out the iSchool 101 page. We’ve got tips here about how to juggle your schoolwork with the rest of life, how to manage your time and your computer files, and specific information about exciting assignments and innovations in your core course classes.

If you’re not new to the iSchool, but a current student and curious about what’s going on with student groups, new classes, career options and resources, and all the latest events at the School of Information and within the wide world of information professions, then this is a great place for you as well. We’ve got a special section on each career pathway featured at the iSchool, listed under the Careers page. There are also posts reviewing career webinars, conference presentations and helpful advice from current students and iSchool alumni.

Like you, I am a current student—working, taking classes, juggling life and exploring possibilities for the future. I am taking the long and lingering route through my graduate studies and will probably take the maximum amount of time that the school allows (seven years, bless them) to complete my coursework and graduate. In the meantime, I’m taking care of a family and sitting around on the computer writing papers, constructing reader advisory blogs, creating the odd database and sharing lots of shiny tidbits of information with you all right here on the iStudent Blog. I’ll give you the student’s view of what it’s like to brave your core courses as well as pass along some great words of wisdom and encouragement from iSchool instructors, alumni and current students.

There’s a nifty little comments section at the bottom of each post, so please, please let me know you’re out there and don’t hesitate to ask questions or add your two cents about courses, careers or the information future. If you have a question and I don’t have the answer, I’ll find someone who does. I’d love to hear from you and I check for comments regularly.

Thanks so much for stopping by and best of luck with your graduate studies and career future!

Allison Randall Gatt


The School of Information at San José State University offers a nationally ranked Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree, which is fully accredited by the American Library Association. The School also offers a Master of Archives and Records Administration (MARA) degree for students who are interested in pursuing a career in information governance. A Teacher Librarian Services Credential program is also available. For those who already hold a master’s degree, the school offers a Post-Master’s Certificate in Library and Information Science, designed for working professionals who want to stay current with emerging trends. Additionally, the school partners with Queensland University of Technology to offer a doctoral program in Library and Information Science. The SJSU iSchool has been a recognized leader in online learning by the Online Learning Consortium. For more information, visit the iSchool’s website.