Growing up, Katherine Do always thought of librarians as “supernatural beings” who could magically pluck answers from the top of their heads. Now Do, one of 13 participants in the Librarians for Tomorrow program at SJSU, is learning how to make that once supernatural-seeming ability an everyday skill.
Frances Marin, one of 13 participants in the Librarians for Tomorrow program at SJSU, draws on her lifelong love of visual arts to “help bring literacy alive” for children and young adults.
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.
Even with 17 years of library experience and several high-responsibility management positions under her belt, Katie DuPraw still sometimes felt at a disadvantage when applying for jobs because she didn’t have an MLIS. “Almost every posting requires an MLIS from an ALA-accredited school,” DuPraw said. So in 2007 she decided to do something about it and enrolled in the Executive MLIS program. She expects to complete her degree in May 2009.