Community Profiles: Alumni

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Liaison Librarian and iSchool Graduate Appears on Jeopardy!

“One of the main factors in choosing to apply to the iSchool was that I would be able to curate my own learning experience so that I could engage with topics and areas of study that were new to me and didn’t repeat my previous education and job experience.”

Adam Weissengruber
MLIS Graduate, 2014
Toronto, Ontario

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iSchool Alumna Uses Her MLIS Skills to Further Evolve Her Career

“A core value that was a part of every class that I took was the user experience. Whether we’re working at a reference desk, working as a children’s librarian or working as a knowledge manager, we’re here for our user.”

Elizabeth Borghi
MLIS Graduate 2012
Redwood City, CA

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Graduate Erin Berman Uses Her MLIS Skills for Innovation

“I had really strong professors. They were always there when I had a question for them, and they provided challenging work for me to do. Most of them had actually worked in libraries before or were currently working in libraries, so they were able to give everyone real-world applications for everything.”

Erin Berman
MLIS Graduate 2011
San Jose, CA

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Senior Museum Coordinator’s Career Path Began Right at the iSchool

Beth Atlas

“There is a lot of flexibility in the program. You can study exactly what you want, or you can study a bunch of different things, and you’re still going to come out with that quality MLIS degree to start your career.”

Beth Atlas
MLIS Graduate 2013
San Francisco, California

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Dolly Goulart Says Hello to Corporate Librarianship

“Our mission statement for the library is to provide actual intelligence to the employee base. At the end of the day, our purpose is to make sure that employees, for whatever reason they come to us, are smarter and more informed when they’ve left us.”

Dolly Goulart
Library Director, Qualcomm
iSchool Alumna (MLIS 2002)

San José State University School of Information alumna Dolly Goulart finds her niche in the world of corporate librarianship. 

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Tiffany Davis: A Fast Tracked Library Life

“One of the key things that has helped facilitate my career is good leadership and great mentors.”

Tiffany Davis
Director of Branch Services, St. Louis Public Library
iSchool Alumna (MLIS, 2011)

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Kayla Marie Figard: A Visionary For Youth Services

“Leadership is enabling and inspiring others to come up with great ideas and do great work. It’s not about me, it’s about us as a whole.”

Kayla Marie Figard
Community Program Specialist, Belmont Library
iSchool Alumna (MLIS 2016)

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Linda Harper: Hingham Library’s First Female Director

“When you talk about value for the degree you get at SJSU: it’s useful, it’s immediate, there’s no throwaway classes or things that won’t help. I couldn’t do what I’m doing now without all the education and experiences I had in the online classes.”

Linda Harper
Director, Hingham Public Library
iSchool Alumna (MILS, 2015)

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An Academic Librarian Falls for Corporate Life

“The education you get from SJSU is all about what you put into it. Everyone that I know that dove in and got involved has only succeeded in life or in their career afterwards.”

Whitni Watkins
Web Systems Engineer, Analog Devices
Wilmington, Massachusetts
iSchool Alumna (MLIS, 2014)

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Julie Winkelstein is the Change She Wants to See in Libraries

“My goal in life is for people to see that we do a lot of different things, so people can understand that social justice comes naturally to librarians.”

Julie Winkelstein
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
iSchool Alumna (MLIS 2005)

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iSchool Distinguished Alumna Lisa Rosenblum Likes Big Library Systems

Lisa Rosenblum

“Part of the benefit of education is to learn new things, even if you don’t  think you need them for your future career. There are so many options now…and a lot you can do.”

Lisa Rosenblum
Chief Librarian, Brooklyn Public Libraries
Brooklyn, New York
iSchool Distinguished Alumna (MLIS, 1994)