The iSchool likes to be on the edge of new technology, and since so many iSchool students are currently working in library, information technology and information governance fields, these technology courses are especially useful for taking skills right from the course and into the job setting.
Published: Thursday, July 16, 2015 by Allison Randall Gatt more...
Published: Tuesday, June 09, 2015 by Allison Randall Gatt more...
Want to know what the role of an information professional looks like? Want to choose more than one role and mix and match a little? Not sure what this is even all about?
According to an article by Bruce Rosenstein from the Department of Library and Information Science at The Catholic University of America, there are six emerging roles in the information professions: the librarian as teacher, the technology specialist, the embedded librarian, the information consultant, the knowledge manager and the subject librarian. At the iSchool, you can find information about these roles, as well as links that give you a variety of other resources for refining and defining your career goals.
Published: Wednesday, June 03, 2015 by Allison Randall Gatt more...
The iSchool offers so many exciting choices for prospective, new and current students, including Open Classes and some great topics in one-unit classes offered this summer and fall.
Open Classes for Prospective Students and Professionals
If you know you’re in for the fall but want to get a head start at the iSchool, take a look at this summer’s Open Classes. For prospective students, Open Classes are a great way to experience the program and get ahead. Certain elective courses are available every semester on a first-come, first-served basis without the need for prerequisites or core courses. If you do continue on with your coursework through the iSchool, then you’ll need to enroll in your required courses, including the introductory class, LIBR 203.
Published: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 by Allison Randall Gatt more...
I live in Northern California, close enough to SJSU that I could feasibly make the drive down to campus to attend classes in person. But many students at the School of Information log in from across the United States, Canada and all over the world.
While the iSchool may be part of a university in California, many MLIS and MARA students hail from north of the border in Canada.
Networking and Professional Associations
Dr. Cheryl Stenstrom, who is both an iSchool instructor and a Canadian citizen, encourages students—especially Canadian students—to join professional associations and to network. “Networking is an important part of any career, but perhaps more so in Canada, where it seems everyone knows everyone else!”
Published: Thursday, March 05, 2015 by Allison Randall Gatt more...
SJSU iSchool Director Dr. Sandra Hirsh has been travelling around California for the last couple of months, visiting libraries and holding informational sessions to answer questions and discuss the programs and opportunities available at the iSchool. Hirsh visited two public libraries in Los Angeles in January and the Sacramento Public Library in early February.
Upcoming visits are scheduled for the San Francisco Public Library on February 25 and the UC Berkeley Doe Library on March 3. Whether you’re thinking about joining the iSchool or you’re already a student, this is a great chance to get to know our director and learn more about educational programs and career opportunities.
Published: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 by Allison Randall Gatt more...
Dr. Sandra Hirsh shared the latest iSchool news during her recent biannual Director’s Forum presentation. She also shared advice for new students and current students.
I listened in on the one-hour presentation, and got to hear about all the great things that are happening at the iSchool, got curriculum updates, and listened to Dr. Hirsh’s top ‘Tips for Success.’ If you’re interested in hearing the presentation yourself, check out the Collaborate recording, or just read on for a recap of the highlights.
Published: Tuesday, December 02, 2014 by Allison Randall Gatt more...
Until a few months ago I worked full time in a public library. My five years working as a branch assistant, among other influences, was what prompted me to earn my graduate degree at SLIS in the first place. Recently I have found myself longing to get back to the library and to the help desk. I miss the library.
But not every student at SLIS is in love with the library like I am. And that’s a good thing. Whether or not you are a fan of the library, your degree from SLIS doesn’t mean you have to work in a traditional setting like a library. The information profession is expanding, says our director, Dr. Sandy Hirsh, and there are new ways to look at and use the MLIS degree.
Published: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 by Kari Van Baalen more...
As a new student do you sometimes wonder if you will miss sitting in class and taking notes as your professor lectures up in front of the room? Do you think about how you will interact with your classmates who may be halfway around the world from you? While taking a totally online program has many advantages I have found that it can sometimes feel a little lonely sitting by myself with only the glow of the computer screen to keep me company.
And while I have plenty of interactions with my classmates and professors online through discussion boards, synchronous class sessions, emails and instant messaging, every once in a while I crave face-to-face interaction instead.
Published: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 by Kari Van Baalen more...
Dr. Sandra Hirsh, SLIS director, was one of the keynote speakers at the recent Library 2.013 Worldwide Virtual Conference. Her live presentation “The Global Transformation of Libraries, LIS Education and LIS Professionals,” was attended by a “packed house” on October 18.
Don’t worry, the title intimidated me too.
But Dr. Hirsh’s excitement about emerging trends and her dedication to our school could be heard throughout her presentation.
Here’s some highlights.
Emerging Technologies: Emerging technologies like mobile apps, tablet computing, and MOOCs (massive online open courses) are creating new opportunities for libraries and information professionals.
Published: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by Kari Van Baalen more...