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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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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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

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Community Archives Volunteer Looks Forward to Career in Librarianship

 “I really enjoy connecting youth and family to their favorite things while finding pathways to empower them. Librarianship is a career that will let me connect those things as well as also allow me to serve my community on a larger level.”

Monica Vega Latona
MLIS Student (degree expected spring 2020)
Library Assistant, Sacramento Public Library
Sacramento, California

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Catching Up With Dr. Michele Villagran

“As we continue to work in diverse workplaces, we have to consider how our own understanding, practices and behaviors impact how effective we are in our interactions.”

Michele A.L. Villagran, Ed.D, MSLS, MBA., MDR.
Assistant Professor, SJSU School of Information
CEO and President, CulturalCo, LLC
Alhambra, California

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MLIS Graduate Finds Home in Academic Librarianship

“Volunteering counts, too! You don’t need to rely only on internships to gain library work experience.”

Jerry Limberg, ‘17 MLIS 
Librarian, Saddleback Community College
Adjunct Professor, Palomar Community College
Carlsbad, California

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MLIS Student Finds Success Taking a Non-Traditional Path

“Prospective students may think that an online program means students will be isolated and alone in their work. I’ve made great friends! They’ve been so supportive both in and outside of my classes.”​

Rachel Hatcher
MLIS Student (degree expected 2021)
Library Technician, Santa Barbara Unified School District
Santa Barbara, California