Graduating Students Honored with Director’s Awards for Excellence

Kristen Chua

Four graduating students of the San José State University School of Information’s Master of Library and Information Science degree program are starting their post-graduate school life with a new award on their résumés. Kristen Chua, Rachel Fleming, Devon Cahill, and Charlie Harmon have all received Director’s Awards for Excellence. These awards are given out to well-deserving students who are nominated or self-nominated for their academic or professional achievements.

Max Gonzalez Burdick

Faculty Selects MLIS Graduating Student for Top Honor
Max Gonzalez Burdick Named Ken Haycock Award Winner

Max Gonzalez Burdick, a graduating student in the Master of Library and Information Science program at the San José State University School of Information, has received the 2023 Ken Haycock Award and served as the iSchool’s student speaker during the May 19 virtual convocation. The Ken Haycock Award is given annually to an MLIS student who “exhibits the most exceptional professional promise for leadership.” Burdick was nominated for the prestigious award by the iSchool faculty and received $1,000 and a citation.

iStudent Blog
ELUNA is an annual conference for libraries

Fulfilling My Mission to Attend Conferences
Travel Grant Provides 'Incredible Opportunities' for Students to Build Skills and Network

Published: May 23, 2023 by Nanci Dela Cruz Aguayo

Since I started library school, I’ve made it my mission to attend conferences where I can network and learn information that will make me more appealing when I graduate. In my current job in an academic library, travel funds are limited only for librarians; thus, I was thrilled to find out about SJSU’s travel grants for current students. Within a couple of days, they approved my request, and I was able to start the process of traveling to Ex Libris Users of North America (ELUNA) Conference in Los Angeles.

Community Profile
Amanda Thompson

Thriving in Solo Librarianship with Amanda Thompson

“I just happen to have ‘librarian’ in my title. One of our first librarians actually called herself an ‘information architect’. I’ve seen people in the health sciences space call themselves ‘informationists’ or say they work in ‘knowledge management.’ There is a wide variety of titles and places where you can work as an information professional.”

Amanda Thompson SJSU MLIS, 2014
San Francisco, California