Student Amy Unger has completed 30 units so far towards her MLIS degree, but says no class has been more valuable to her than the one-unit LIBR 298 Special Studies: Trendspotting. The class met in person during the joint California Library Association/California School Library Association (CLA/CSLA) conference in Sacramento during November 2010.
K-12 school libraries
SLIS student Stephanie Roelling is preparing for the next stage of her career as a school librarian by earning her MLIS degree while having the experience of a lifetime in the coastal Chinese city of Dalian.
Every November for the past decade, alum Beth Morris-Wong has donned her full tribal regalia to teach her elementary school students about her tribe during American Indian month.
“We’ve had a few kids in our school who are American Indian, but a lot of the kids are shocked because I don’t fit the stereotype that everyone has,” said Morris-Wong, who is Metis (mixed European and Delaware Lenni-Lenape Indian ancestry) and works as a teacher-librarian in South Hayward, California. “When most people think of American Indians, they think of the Plains or the Southwestern tribes, but we are Northeastern Woodland Indians.”
Cristina “Tina” Johnson, recipient of the 2009 SLIS Alumni & Friends Scholarship, has worked in management positions at one of the nation’s biggest life insurers and trained employees at a mutual funds company. It’s not the typical route to becoming a school librarian, but it’s one that gives her a unique perspective on the demands and opportunities of the job.
Dr. Margaret “Gigi” Lincoln was teaching high school in Australia 37 years ago when she spotted a student carving a Swastika into a desk. The 2008 “I Love My Librarian” Award winner and part-time SLIS instructor not only took the student aside, she decided to make Holocaust education a key part of her mission as she shifted into her new job as school librarian.