Celebrating 2019: Looking Forward to 2020 at SJSU iSchool

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Published: December 19, 2019 by Greta Snyder

It truly was a December to remember at SJSU iSchool. So join the celebration with a News and Blogs recap video.


  • SJSU iSchool’s Student Research Journal (SRJ), the only graduate-student run, double-blind peer-review journal at SJSU just released the SRJ Fall 2019 issue. Featuring an invited contribution from the iSchool’s own Dr. Deborah Hicks on her research on Twitter, diversity and values and a record-breaking 6 graduate student articles representing 3 distinguished universities, SRJ Editor-in-Chief, Greta Snyder (that’s me) touts this issue as bigger and better than ever and considers it a must read. Snyder credits this milestone to graduating Managing Editor Rachel Greggs and the entire Editorial Team.
  • Exciting announcement: the official speaker for the 2020 iSchool Convocation is Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., described as the ‘Champion of Libraries.’ So, put it in your calendar to celebrate our Summer 2019, Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 grads live on May 2020 at 5PM PT. How cool is it that our school offers a virtual graduation?
  • Also, in 2020 look forward to Library 2.0 celebrating a 10th anniversary. SJSU iSchool’s Library 2.0 Virtual Conferences for LIS professionals are free, live, online, and recorded. The pioneering enterprise was born out of a partnership between Learning Revolution Founder and Director Steve Hargadon & iSchool Director Dr. Sandra Hirsh and now reaches a global audience of more than 50,000 from 175 countries. So, read the recap of 2019’s amazing conferences: Emerging Technology, Open Data, and Instructional Design. If you missed out, follow the links directly to the archives and learn how to get involved in 2020.
  • SJSU Alumna Maria Papanastassiou wins the American Library Association (ALA) “I Love My Librarian Award” for her Outstanding Contributions to Public Librarianship; she was selected out of 1,974 nominees. Congratulations on the achievement and what a testimony to her commitment to community and impactful librarianship.
  • Hot off the presses: a new book on Blockchain from iSchool’s Dr. Sandra Hirsh and Dr. Sue Alman. This book is chock-full of groundbreaking essays exploring blockchain’s potential uses in libraries and proposing specific use cases LIS professionals. Published by ALA, this book is part of a Library Future Series, and available through the ALA store.

Career Blog

Speaking of thinking about the future, the career blog is a must-read for students and job seekers and is written by current iSchool MLIS student, Greta Snyder (that’s me). December highlights:

  • A jam-packed Fall recap video covering everything you missed in the frenzy of September, October and November.
  • Tips for how to stay motivated and leverage your resources to soar.
  • Make sure to keep in touch with the career blog as I’m always sharing upcoming career development events and job posting, found at the end of each post (including this one)!


CIRI is the Center for Information Research & Innovation at SJSU and focuses on fostering LIS research to benefit a global audience. This blog is run by CIRI coordinator Dr. Lili Lou. Interesting December update on a new research methodology course on technology with Dr. Jason Kaltenbacher taught this Fall 2019. Read the full story to learn more about this critical new research option for iSchool students.

Curriculum Blog

The Curriculum Blog is run by iSchool Associate Director Dr. Linda Main and just shared that new Spring course offerings have been added. These include Intercultural Communication with Dr. Debra Buenting, which I’ve heard excellent things about from other students. Check the blog to see all the added course and stay posted for further updates.

iStudent Blog

Speaking of all things student, let’s turn our attention to the incredible iStudent blog. Top December read is a recap of the most recent “Ask Me Anything” with iSchool director Dr. Hirsh. As Havilah Steinman, the student who writes the blog, states “one of the greatest strengths of the San José State University’s iSchool is the accessible leadership by which it is guided.” I couldn’t agree more. It’s a great honor to learn so directly from incredible professionals such as Dr. Hirsh and benefit from their high-level of engagement with students, dedication to cultivating talent, and encouraging development. Such unique experiences really speak to the quality of the SJSU iSchool program.


Written by current MARA program student Kenna Wulker, this blog is a must for MARA students and December highlights ways to get involved through an interview with student Nick Zimjewski about his recent appointment to the board of ArchivesSpace.


SJSU holds virtual world events as part of our Virtual Center for Archives and Records Administration, known as VCARA? The blog is managed by MARA Coordinator Dr. Patricia Franks. December features a recap of “Round 2″ of the Virtual Reality vs Virtual Words Smackdown, exploring virtual reality as a powerful future tool in online learning and communication, and how to incorporate past-practices of virtual-worlds and hands-on approaches.

Final Thoughts

Thanks for watching and have a great winter break. Time to celebrate 2020 and be sure to check out all the resources available through SJSU iSchool at ischool.sjsu.edu in the “News & Events” section. Please comment below, email me, Tweet at me, or message me on LinkedIn.

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