Community Profiles: Alumni

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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

“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)

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Crystal Schimpf and the DIY LIS Career

“I knew how to do the training work, and I knew how to put the team together, and I knew how to work with the clients: it’s creating an organization that works that’s the hard part.”

Crystal Schimpf
Founder, Kixal Consulting
Pleasant Hill, California
iSchool Alumna (MLIS, 2007)

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Brittany Austin: A Grand Pas to Success

“Two of my major motivations for going back to school for my MLIS were to build communities and to share information and resources within these communities. My overall academic goals were to take classes that gave me new experiences that I could not learn on the job at my current position in a college library.”

Brittany Austin Project Archivist, Jacob’s Pillow
Becket, Massachusetts
iSchool Alumna (MLIS, 2014)

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Food for Thought

“I wasn’t sure I saw myself as a librarian. But having gone through [the MLIS program], I now understand the professionalism associated with this role. Now I have a larger view, and the values behind this role and why we do what we do.”

Sharon Tani
Pasadena, California
iSchool Alumna (MLIS, 2011)

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Talking TechSoup for Libraries with Alumna Ginny Mies

“I love doing the research and finding librarians who have done a really amazing project… I love finding them, giving them the platform to tell their story, supplementing libraries with all of the resources we can, and allowing other libraries to find their story and get help for themselves.”

Ginny Mies
San Francisco, California
iSchool Alumna (MLIS, 2013)