The digital curation career pathway at SJSU’s School of Information prepares students for careers in a cutting-edge field in need of experts. With 90% of the world’s information generated in the last two years alone (staggering, isn’t it?), the information world is desperate for people who know how to organize and manage data in a way that makes it both useful and searchable.
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Published: Thursday, November 13, 2014 by Allison Randall Gatt more...
The Information Intermediation Career Pathway at the SJSU School of Information is a great way to explore the connections between information and its users. If you are passionate about what iSchool assistant professor Dr. Lili Luo describes as helping people “access relevant, credible and current information to fulfill their information needs,” then this is where you want to focus your energies and your coursework.
Both Luo and iSchool instructor Dr. Michelle Simmons, who teaches many courses in the school’s Information Intermediation Career Pathway, are passionate about helping people find the information they need. And Luo and Simmons want to help students become information professionals who are passionate about information intermediation, too.
Published: Tuesday, October 07, 2014 by Allison Randall Gatt more...
If you’ve always loved working with children, or have a special ability to relate to teens, then you’re probably considering Youth Services librarianship. The School of Information’s Youth Services Career Pathway can help you shape your MLIS degree to prepare you for working with young people. Following the Youth Services Career Pathway will prepare you for a career as a Children’s or Young Adult Librarian, as well as a career in Youth Outreach or Young Adult Reference Services. The iSchool’s career pathways serve as guidelines to choose your elective courses to fit your career goals.
Even during my undergraduate education (a few, ahem, years ago) I knew I wanted children. Once I had kids, I started reading to them—in utero, actually. I love books, I love children and I love reading to children. I figured that being a children’s librarian would be a good fit for me. I didn’t think much further than that.
Published: Thursday, September 04, 2014 by Allison Randall Gatt more...
When I started the MLIS program I had already been working at a public library for over a year and I loved my job. By the end of my first semester I was positive I wanted to focus on public libraries and youth librarianship.
Maybe you came to SLIS, like me, after working at a job in a library or information center, hoping to advance a career you really enjoy. Or perhaps you are beginning your degree not really knowing what direction you want to take but very interested in what the information profession has to offer.
No matter how you got here, I recommend that you take a look around before you commit to any one career direction. I wish I would have taken this advice, if only for the chance to familiarize myself with all of the possibilities.
Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 by Kari Van Baalen more...
In case you missed it, our school recently announced the addition of a new career pathway for MLIS students – digital curation. Though the new pathway will be officially unveiled in the fall 2014 semester, it is never too early to consider taking your studies in a specific direction.
There are 13 career pathways for MLIS students to investigate. Because students have so many elective choices, it can be difficult to choose which classes to take beyond the required core courses. The career pathways web pages can help you focus your choice of electives, and also help you explore your future career options.
Each career pathway web page gives you information about what you can expect to learn if you choose courses in a specific pathway. These pages also discuss possible employment opportunities after graduation, and recommended coursework to help you achieve your goals. By looking at the different descriptions and related coursework, you might get a better sense of which direction you would like to take.
Published: Thursday, February 06, 2014 by Kari Van Baalen more...
Sometimes I wish I could go back in time and change the choices I made while earning my master’s degree at SLIS. I am nearly done with the MLIS program but in all honesty I played it safe. I had fun and I learned a great deal, don’t get me wrong, but for the most part I took classes that felt comfortable. All of my classes were enjoyable, but I didn’t choose enough classes that took me beyond the realm of the information profession I already knew as a public library employee. I didn’t take enough time to explore all of the possibilities that SLIS offered me.
So I may be taking the tone of your weathered and wise grandmother but I wish someone would have done the same for me. It might be clichéd, it might be trite, but really take the time to look around before you commit to any particular career direction.
Published: Wednesday, November 06, 2013 by Kari Van Baalen more...
In many ways I envy new students to SLIS. A blank slate lies in front of you. You get to put your toes in the water and find out which aspects of the information profession interest and excite you. What courses you take may determine what kind of job you get in the future.
So why don’t you check out the Emerging Career Trends for Information Professionals report? Every summer a student assistant at SLIS looks at more than 450 job postings for information professionals. Each posting is scanned for keywords, required skills and duties, and the work site where the job will be based. The results are tabulated and organized so both students and working professionals can explore a brief snapshot of what the job market looks like.
Here are some highlights that stood out to me in the most recent report:
32% of jobs required significant technological skills
56% required additional work experience
(Keep that internship in mind for later.)
Published: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by Kari Van Baalen more...
With the proliferation of online journals, periodicals and other publications, digital preservation is a hot topic for information professionals. Philip Gust, the developer of Stanford University Libraries’ metadata management system called LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe), is on the cutting edge of this field. He shared his expertise in a recent seminar as part of the free, online SJSU SLIS Colloquium Series.
Gust’s work focuses on integrating digital preservation into libraries and making preserved content useful to librarians and library users. In his presentation titled “Digital Preservation for the Rest of Us: What’s in it for Librarians and Library Users,” Gust talks about how vitally important it is that libraries take steps to preserve digital content and ensure users can access it. He also describes different types of digital preservation systems and their pros and cons, and gives practical advice on how to choose a system that’s right for your library or even create your own.
Published: Sunday, April 21, 2013 by Serenah McKay more...
Coaching others seems to be in Jill Klees’ blood. In her job as the SJSU Career Center’s liaison to our School, she helps students choose a career direction and pursue that dream job. Away from work, she’s a certified personal trainer who helps people reach their fitness goals.
Since Jill is such an important person for any current or prospective SLIS student to know, we thought we’d give you a chance to learn a little about her in both her professional capacity and when she’s off the clock.
Jill provides a wide array of resources for students, from providing career counseling to students to writing a career blog and collaborating with SLIS lecturer Jane Fisher on the School’s Career Development website, an endeavor she says has been one of the most exciting elements of her job.
Published: Friday, March 29, 2013 by Serenah McKay more...