Community Profiles

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Community Profiles

Get to know our students, alumni and instructors by reading about their backgrounds, interests, professional goals, favorite courses, accomplishments, careers, and more fascinating experiences. These stories cover a wide range of topics and showcase the talents of our vibrant global community. 

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Jerome Zhang on Mastering the Art of Informatics

“Find something you’re passionate about in the field: health informatics, human-centered design, digital asset management, etc. Definitely try to find something informatics-related and become an expert in that.”

Jerome Zhang, ‘20 Informatics
Software Engineer at Amazon
San Francisco Bay Area

After obtaining his Bachelor’s in Economics, Jerome Zhang set his sights on Informatics and its many possibilities. It was not long until his interest blossomed into a deep passion that drove him to seek the skills needed to succeed. Now, as a recent graduate of San José State University’s School of Information, Jerome is just getting started on a career as a software engineer.

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Reflections from Retired iSchool Director of Distance Learning, Debbie Faires

Debbie Faires Headshot

“It’s like looking at a lake and seeing all of these twinkles. How do you choose which twinkle is most meaningful? I have a whole lake full of beautiful twinkles of meaningful interactions (from my time at the iSchool).”

Debbie Faires, ‘01 MLIS
Salt Lake City Metropolitan Area

Debbie Faires’ work at San José State University’s School of Information spans over some of the iSchool’s most pivotal years. Her contributions towards the theory and practice of distance learning helped develop the online program that it is today. From her beginnings as a student assistant to her latest accomplishments as the iSchool’s director of online learning, Debbie has come a long way. Now, as a newly retired lecturer emerita, Debbie looks back on her accomplishments with pride and gratitude.

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Alumna Alejandra Reyes’ Passion for Helping Others Through Public Librarianship and REFORMA

Alejandra Reyes

“I believe in treating your neighbor the way you want to be treated. If I were going through something, I’d want someone to help me, and I want to be that person for someone else…I believe I was always meant to do this, to go to San José, to become a librarian. Everything sort of fell into place!”

Alejandra Reyes, ‘20 MLIS
Messenger Clerk at Los Angeles Public Library’s Robert Louis Stevenson Branch
Los Angeles, CA 

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Student Meredith Lancaster’s Passion for Art History and Archives

Meredith Lancaster

“I wake up in the morning and can’t think of anything else but art. When I go to bed at night, I can’t think of anything else but art. That’s how I know I was meant to be an art historian and archivist.”

 Meredith Landcaster, MLIS Student (degree expected spring 2022)
Los Angeles Metropolitan Area

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Alumna Beaudry Allen’s Passion for Digital Archives

Beaudry R. Allen

“Whether it’s accessing images in our digital libraries that creates more equitable access, or when a researcher has what they think is a really difficult question and we have the material to help them – it’s really exciting to see your collection being used.”

Beaudry R. Allen, ‘15 MARA
Preservation and Digital Archivist Villanova University 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Adrienne Bogard’s Role as a Floating Librarian

Adrienne Bogard

“We have policies and procedures that are across the board, that everybody follows, so the big stuff is all the same no matter where you are. But then things like workflow, the collection, how the collection is laid out, that changes from library to library. When you first start it can be quite challenging to remember all the details of the branch you’re working at that day.”

Adrienne Bogard, iSchool MLIS Student
Librarian at the Allen County Public Library
Fort Wayne, Indiana  

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Alumna Rosa Hall Made the Most of Her Time in the iSchool

“When I started the iSchool’s program I wanted to make sure that I got experience with different kinds of libraries and librarianship. Since I had started in an academic library, worked as a library aid in a public library as well as an intern in a corrections facility library, when I saw that they were hiring at Hansen Bridget I thought it would be a really good experience to try law librarianship as well.”

Rosa Hall, ‘20 MLIS
Assistant Research and Library Operations Specialist, Hanson Bridgett LLP
San Francisco, CA

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Ellyssa Valenti Kroski Leads the Charge in Gamification and Library AI

Ellyssa Valenti Kroski

“Immersive games are not only very entertaining for patrons, but they are outstanding vehicles for developing critical thinking skills, providing literacy instruction, staff training and team building, as well as outreach and marketing.”

Ellyssa Valenti Kroski MLIS, BA
Librarian/Technologist/Writer/Speaker/Educator
Director of Information Technology, The New York Law Institute
Adjunct Professor, San José State University and Drexel University
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 

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Passions Lead to Opportunities at SJSU iSchool

Kelli Roisman

“When you get involved in student groups, you have the opportunity to gain demonstrable skills and knowledge to supplement your course work. In my experience as a student leader, I’ve developed skills in collaboration, project management, marketing and outreach, programming, and more.”

Kelli Roisman, MLIS Student
Managing Editor, Archeota 2019-present
Events Coordinator, ALASC, 2020-present
Events Coordinator, ALASC, 2020-present
Executive Board Chair SAASC, 2019-2020
Los Angeles, California

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iSchool Alumna Named Special Libraries Association Fellow

“[The Special Libraries Association] has really been incredibly valuable for me in my personal career…. People are, by and large, very willing to share knowledge.”

Anne N. Barker, ‘05 MLIS
Senior Information Specialist​, Genentech
San Rafael, California

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MLIS Student, Librarian and Community Advocate

“I just want people to know that there is importance in working in rural communities… The community that recognizes you, and gets to know you, there is this bond that I can’t explain.”

Hope Saldivar, MLIS Student (degree expected spring 2023)
Library Associate, Yolo County Libraries, Knights Landing Branch.
Davis, California.

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iSchool Alumnus Darnelle Melvin talks Metadata, Linked Data, and Digitization

“If you want it, you can get it. If I can get it, you can do it. I’m the least likely person; I have a background in audio. An audio engineer became a metadata person, a linked-data professional. It’s not a long jump, but it is a jump. You can do it.”

Darnelle Melvin, ‘14 MLIS
Special Collections and Archives Metadata Librarian
University of Nevada Las Vegas

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Saying “Yes” Led to a Job with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

“Information professionals are going to be needed now more than ever, but it might not be the information profession a lot of us thought we were going into. I went to school to be an academic librarian and I ended up in records and archives for a government institution. You never know where the path is going to take you.”

Jon-Luc Christensen, ‘19 MLIS, DAM Advanced Certificate
Records Management Specialist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Glendale, California

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Advanced Certificate in Digital Asset Management Advances Work at Clinique

“Not only have I learned a lot from the classes and the curriculum, but the teachers have been amazing. The professors have been really open and available, communication has been fantastic. I learned more than I expected from the program. I definitely got my money’s worth, I would say. I really appreciate it.”

Daniel Goodman, ‘20 DAM Advanced Certificate
Digital Assets Manager, Clinique
Brooklyn, New York

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Connecting to Community Through Leadership

“The connections I’ve made with my fellow iSchool students; I’m really so happy with that. I would not have met the people I met, and they’re really great people.”

Elizabeth Lesso, MLIS Student (degree expected fall 2021)
West Hartford, Connecticut
Chair of ALASC, 2019-2020

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Community Connection in Micro-Libraries

Brianna Anderson, wearing glasses and smiling at the camera.

“I was definitely one of those kids that grew up in the library. My dad would take me and drop me off, and I’d just read all day long.”

Brianna Anderson, ‘17 MLIS
Librarian II and Branch Manager of the Micro-Libraries
Stockton-San Joaquin County, California

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Reflecting on 10 Years as iSchool Director

Headshot of Dr. Sandra Hirsh.

“Some of the top highlights have been the experiences I’ve had with the people in our program.”

Sandra Hirsh, PhD
Associate Dean for Academics
College of Professional and Global Education
San José State University

San José, California

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A Dream Job Takes Form in the Face of a Pandemic

Bethany Rice

“We grew up in libraries, so we stayed. That’s really what it comes down to. We recognize where the magic happens.”

Bethany Rice, ‘15 MLIS
Curator of Collections, Kern County Museum
Bakersfield, California

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Sisters Share MLIS Studies, Pursue Individual Librarianship Paths

“We feel lucky to be a part of the library world. Librarians are such a loving group of people, and our iSchool experience has been great so far!”

Kelsey Flynn
MLIS Student 
(degree expected spring 2021)
Adult Services Specialist, Lockport Library
Lockport, Illinois

Korey Flynn
MLIS Student 
(degree expected spring 2021)
Adult and Teen Services Specialist, Woodridge Library
Woodridge, Illinois