When Young-Soon Kwon emigrated to the U.S. from Korea in 1990, she never thought to use her local public library to help gain her footing in her new home. Years went by before she finally stopped in, and Kwon quickly realized what she had been missing.
At age 19, Lizeth Legaspi had recently moved to the U.S. from Mexico and was taking ESL classes at a local community college while working part-time at the public library in Calexico, a small California town along the U.S.-Mexico border. Today, she’s the second in command at the Camarena Memorial Library in Calexico and earning her MLIS degree at SLIS, thanks to a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services .
SLIS student Cristina Mitra was named the 2009-2010 Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Spectrum Scholar , a national honor received by one student a year who is interested in pursuing a career serving youth ages 12-18 in a library setting.
As teen outreach librarian for the Oakland Public Library in California, SLIS alum Jodi Mitchell is always hunting for ways to connect with unserved and underserved segments of the population. For one of her biggest outreach programs to date, the inspiration came in the form of a chance encounter at a party.