Community Profiles: Public Librarianship

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Lifelong Learning and Leadership

“The public library plays a huge role in the larger framework of our society, and it is important for me to utilize my skills to become a leader in the public library realm.”

Kai Forsley
Volunteer Programs Coordinator, Presidio Trust
MLIS Student (Expected graduation Spring 2017)

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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)

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Melissa Solis Connects the Dots: Library, Literacy and Community

“Anyone in a library degree program would really benefit from volunteering in an adult literacy program in a local library. Understand the people in your neighborhood, and understand different educational experiences: not everyone gets the same opportunity.”

Melissa Solis
San Diego, California 
MLIS Student, Expected Graduation 2016

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California’s State Librarian Gets an iSchool Education

Greg Lucas

“For me, being able to be in classes with folks who are going to be the next generation of librarians—it’s not just instructive, it makes me feel better about where libraries are going to go. I get jazzed about talking to other students.”

Greg Lucas, California State Librarian
Sacramento, California
iSchool International Advisory Council Member
MLIS Student

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Patrick Sweeney is Every Librarian

Patrick Sweeney, a 2007 San José State University School of Information alumnus, spends his hour-long train ride to and from work each day thinking about libraries.

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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.”