I took LIBR 203 a while ago, before Canvas and before it was even INFO 203. Feeling sort of behind the times, I asked the iSchool’s Director of Online Learning Debbie Faires about the changes that have been made since my time. Not only did she answer my questions, but she invited me to join the practice class! Wahoo! I get to learn about learning at the iSchool all over again and I can get with the current program.
Tagged: Starting Grad School
Published: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 by Allison Randall Gatt more...
Social media platforms like Pinterest can be a great way to gather helpful tips, keep track of essential resources, and find out about interesting events and developments in the world of libraries and information management. The iSchool has a lot of great Pinterest boards, including some that are especially helpful to new students.
Make the Most of Grad School
The Tips for iSchool Students board has valuable tidbits on how to get the most out of your graduate school education. There are pins about time management, how to get the most out of networking, and how apps and social media can help you be more productive—like the iSchool Pinterest boards, for instance.
Published: Thursday, July 23, 2015 by Allison Randall Gatt more...
From time to time, iSchool faculty and staff receive thoughtful, unsolicited letters from alumni and current students who want to share their thoughts about the program and how it has affected their lives and careers. We love getting these letters, and we learn a lot from them. We thought you might too, so we’d like to share some of them with you.
This letter is from School of Information alumna Julie Wong, who works as a cataloguer at the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley. She wrote the letter to iSchool Director Dr. Sandra Hirsh after meeting Hirsh at UC Berkeley during Hirsh’s series of presentations given throughout California in the spring of 2015.
Dear Dr. Hirsh,
Published: Wednesday, July 01, 2015 by Allison Randall Gatt more...
From time to time, iSchool faculty and staff receive thoughtful, unsolicited letters from alumni and current students who want to share their thoughts about the program and how it has affected their lives and careers. We love getting these letters, and we learn a lot from them. We thought you might too, so we’d like to share some of them with you. Below is the first in an occasional series of Letters to the iSchool.
Student Basia Delawska-Elliot currently works in a medical library and expects to complete her MLIS in May of 2016. At the iSchool she’s gathered courses from many areas to be well rounded, but she has focused specifically on emerging technologies and leadership and management. Delawska-Elliot recently wrote this proud letter to our online student adviser, Sheila Gurtu.
Published: Thursday, May 14, 2015 by Allison Randall Gatt more...
As a brand new iSchool student, the Advising site on our Canvas course management system is one of the best resources to utilize now and throughout your graduate school experience. The site can help you answer questions about course workload, enrollment procedures, and career planning. It also provides links to student groups, drop boxes for iSchool forms like scholarships and Candidacy forms, and so, so much more.
I have admittedly (while cringing in embarrassment) ignored this site while sifting through my class. Don’t make the same mistake I made! Check it out as soon as you have access to Canvas. When I finally opened up the Advising site, I was delighted to find a wealth of information about how to go about planning my coursework to fit my career goals. I’m now really motivated to go through all the information on the site and join student group discussion threads, follow links and look into professional organizations, and start planning for my e-portfolio.
Published: Thursday, February 26, 2015 by Allison Randall Gatt more...
Beginning on February 2, 2015, students entering SJSU’s iSchool in the fall semester will be able to apply for a scholarship using the media platform Pinterest. The brand new Director’s Scholarship for Excellence will award five $1,000 scholarships to students who can illustrate their desire to be an information professional and visualize their future in the field.
School of Information Director Dr. Sandra Hirsh had been looking for a way to provide financial opportunities to new students for some time. She and the iSchool Scholarship Committee are excited to offer this new and creative way for incoming students to express themselves and demonstrate their ability to present ideas using a modern media tool.
Published: Tuesday, February 03, 2015 by Allison Randall Gatt more...
Family, work, the laundry, dinner, balancing the bank account…and now, school. It can be a lot to juggle, even if they don’t all apply to you. How can you get it all done and keep your sanity? I ask myself this question nearly every day. So here are a few things I’ve learned and a few tips from others to help you navigate this new world of Life + Graduate School.
The last minute is a terrible time to do anything. I scan my upcoming assignments as soon as I turn in the last one. In fact, the best way to plan ahead is to read the entire syllabus, course outline and schedule of assignments within the first week of class. I make lists every week or every few days for every task that needs to be done. ‘Reading,’ for example is too broad a task; ‘read chapter 11’ is much more specific as well as manageable. The key to getting a lot of things done is to break them down into smaller, doable tasks.
Published: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 by Allison Randall Gatt more...
INFO 200, Information Communities, is a great class to build your foundation for employment as an information professional. In this class, you will learn about all the ways information access and use influences society, culture, the economy, politics, and— just about everything.
New and ground-breaking changes have taken place since I took INFO 200 (known then as LIBR 200). Every few years, faculty review core courses, career pathways, core competencies and electives to make sure the curriculum continues to be relevant and provides students with the knowledge they need to be successful in other classes. This year’s re-vamp of the core courses broadens the scope and perspective, but keeps the essential content.
Published: Tuesday, July 01, 2014 by Allison Randall Gatt more...