Community Profiles: Faculty

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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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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
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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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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iSchool Professor Dr. Michael Stephens Returns to Australia to Give Closing Keynote at an International Conference

“Any exposure a soon to be information professional or information professional can have to international librarianship issues in global settings is wonderful. If you are lucky enough to go, whether for a formal or informal experience, you will learn so much.”

Dr. Michael Stephens
Associate Professor in the San José State University School of Information
Traverse City, Michigan

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iSchool Instructor Expands Her Dedicated Service in the LIS Field

“I think what I really enjoy [about SJSU] is the opportunity to get a feel for the students in a way that keeps me motivated, engaged and current with everything that’s happening now. The students all bring a fresh perspective and dynamic approach to the field.”

Patricia Wong
iSchool Instructor
Santa Monica, California

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Scott Brown on Being a Cybrarian

San José State University School of Information alumnus turned instructor Scott Brown on being a cybrarian. From humble beginnings as a page in the Santa Cruz, California, public library, iSchool alumnus and instructor Scott Brown has come a long way in his career.

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iSchool Lecturer Patty Wong Transforms Communities, One Grant at a Time

“I should call it community-engaged grant writing. That’s the critical difference between how I teach grant writing and how others do it. I really do want to have a positive impact on a whole community.”

Patty Wong
iSchool Lecturer
County Librarian and Chief Archivist for Yolo County, California