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.
Shortly after a deadly tsunami hit American Samoa on Sept. 29, 2009, SLIS student Abe King and his library co-workers went out to help with relief efforts in one of the best ways they could — by reading.
Nicole Branch will never look at public library space the same way thanks to her work on a research project with SLIS faculty member Dr. Anthony Bernier, a national expert on young adult library spaces.
Alum Bridget Bagne worked as a library services assistant at a Sacramento County Public Library branch for years, but her internship at the Elk Grove Branch – in the same library system – gave her “crucial experience” to put on her resume. “It also strengthened my decision to work in children’s services,” added Bagne.