Community Profiles: Alumni

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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)

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Baby Steps: Librarians and Reading Readiness

“I’m passionate about this, and that makes all the difference. I love what I do, and it’s so important for children. It’s been a really good experience, and so worthwhile.”

R. Lynn Baker
Frankfort, Kentucky
iSchool Alumna (MLIS, 2015)

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All San José Libraries Are Mary Nino’s Libraries

“More and more, libraries—public as well as academic—are becoming places of community, places where people gather, where they display what they’ve created, where they work to create and collaborate. It’s really fascinating: it’s really about community.”

Mary Nino
Associate Dean, SJSU King Library
iSchool Alumna and International Advisory Council Member

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Virtual Collaboration with the iSchool’s Diverse Community Leads Yolande Wilburn on an LIS Adventure

Yolande Wilburn always wanted to go back to school for a master’s degree, and she looked to her own childhood for career inspiration. “I love the library, grew up there as a child, and found it to be a great way to escape,” Wilburn says. “My family wasn’t wealthy, and I’d go to the library and read all I could about places, and it was like being there.”

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Public Libraries and the Community

2010 San José State University School of Information alumnus Chris Brown went through the MLIS program with the understanding that his educational experience would be the foundation that would enable him to practice LIS work—but that the real learning process would take place by just jumping into the workplace and being a librarian.