Giovanni Mejia discovered his affinity for libraries during his undergraduate studies, although his newfound appreciation for the stacks sometimes came at the cost of his grades. “I just enjoyed the research aspect so much that I spent 90 percent of my time doing research and 10 percent of my time on writing. And that usually hurt me,” he said with a laugh.
Varaxy Yi has loved libraries since she was a child, and thanks to the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, she’s able to pursue her MLIS at SJSU on a full scholarship. Yi is one of two Gates Millennium Scholars who are SLIS students, and among just three SJSU graduate students to receive the prestigious award this year.
Pat Toney’s path to an MLIS degree started with children’s author Tomie dePaola. In 2006, Toney was working in an administrative job, feeling restless that she hadn’t found a career that felt like a calling. While studying child development at City College of San Francisco, she attended the annual Effie Lee Morris lecture at the San Francisco Public Library where she heard dePaola, the author of her favorite children’s book, The Popcorn Book.
SLIS student Amy Sonnie has completed two semesters of coursework thus far, and