Community Profiles

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Community Profiles

Get to know our students, alumni and instructors by reading about their backgrounds, interests, professional goals, favorite courses, accomplishments, careers, and more fascinating experiences. These stories cover a wide range of topics and showcase the talents of our vibrant global community. 

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Digital Assets and Metadata Librarian Boosts Knowledge With Post-Master’s Certificate in Digital Curation

“I’ve gotten a really great foundation and deep look into what digital curation truly is. There’s a lot of perceptions out there that digital curation is just digital preservation and digitization but it’s much more than that. It’s the whole life cycle of a digital object. I’ve come to an appreciation of that life cycle and how you manage those materials. Thanks to the iSchool, SJSU, and all my professors for a great experience. I couldn’t be prouder to be a graduate from the iSchool.”

Megan Tietjen
E-Library Coordinator, The International Baccalaureate
Washington DC

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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 Alumnus and Departing Community Profile Writer Summarizes His iSchool Experience

“One of the best things about SJSU’s iSchool is that it connected me with LIS professionals across the world and right next door. It actually took me going to a school online in California to meet and connect with LIS professionals working right here in Philly; which is weird, I suppose, but also kind of affirms the global network connectivity that librarians have going on.”

Nick Perilli
MLIS Graduate 2018
Philadelphia, PA

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Recent Alumna Extends Her Preservation Skillbase as a Public Broadcasting Preservation Fellow

“The best part about the program is being able to go to school remotely in order to continue earning an income as well as being able to actually have an internship or a fellowship to gain hands-on experience. So much of the information field is online at this point that I don’t feel like I am missing anything by not being in a classroom. If anything, it has taught me how to better interact in digital forum [and] deal with time zones and different technology interfaces.”

Tanya Yule
MLIS Graduate 2018
San Francisco, CA

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Teacher-Librarian Gains the Formal Skills He Needs in Web Programming Through the San José State University School of Information

“All of my course work in the iSchool was challenging and relevant. The courses required the ability to learn programming languages and solve increasingly difficult problems with those languages. The teachers created learning experiences that required in-depth knowledge and the ability to solve problems in a systematic way.”

Al Walker
Post-Master’s Certificate Graduate 2018
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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San José State University School of Information Student Reaches Beyond the Classroom to Compound Her Professional Skillset

“The range of concentrations that SJSU offers was also extremely appealing. The scope of areas that are included within the field of librarianship alone is appealing. My work experience in librarianship thus far has been in a military community library and a public library. The courses available in general librarianship provided me with the accepted best practices relevant to collection development, collection management, cataloging, and research/reference needs.”

Kate Eminhizer
MLIS Student
Emporia, VA

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MLIS Student and NASA/Caltech Employee Presents at CA Collaborative Conference 2018

“The thing that I love most about the LIS field is its practical application to just about every part of our society. Regardless of whether you are working in a library for an obscure, secluded monastery with no access to email or advanced technology or working for a high-tech company like I do at NASA and Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the skills are useful and practical.”

Jonathan Christensen
iSchool Student Graduating 2019
Pasadena, CA

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Alumna and Former Student Assistant Values Connections Forged at the San José State University School of Information

“I use many of the skills that I learned during my time working with Dr. Bernier and my fellow student assistants in my current position. Including, running virtual meetings online and using project management tools to managing various projects through the committee work that I do. I also learned a lot about working collaboratively with people in different geographic areas.”

Joy Rodriguez
MLIS Graduate 2012
Fresno, CA

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President of the CLA and iSchool Alumna Strongly Advocates for the LIS Profession

Dolly Goyal

“It really helps you understand the bigger picture, keep an eye on the profession, and the issues that all types of libraries are facing. We’re in a field that is constantly being threatened, so it’s important to know when and where we need to advocate for our profession and how to communicate our relevancy in our communities.”

Dolly Goyal
MLIS Graduate ‘07
Sunnyvale, CA

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Alumna and Former Student Assistant Strives to Empower the Public Every Day

Julie Whitehead

“For me, I love being able to empower people the most. Many people who come in don’t realize the full range of services we offer or how to really find what it is that they are looking for. Being able to show local students how the databases work or helping a patron understand how to download a library e-book is a thrill for me.”

Julie Whitehead
MLIS Graduate 2013
Dumont, NJ

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iSchool Alumna and Academic Law Librarian Continues to Evolve Her Career

Elyse Meyers

“I selected SJSU because of its flexibility, because I wanted to be at a California school, and because once I made the decision to transition out of practicing law, I wanted to get started fast and jump on the next stage of my career. The convenience of online education – I could stay in LA, where I’d been living for quite a while, I could travel some, I could do internships where I wanted, etc. – was a big factor.”

Elyse Meyers
MLIS Graduate 2013
Los Angeles, CA

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Global Educator and MLIS Student Values the iSchool’s Diverse Course Offerings and Flexibility

Global Educator and MLIS Student Values the iSchool’s Diverse Course Offerings and Flexibility

“I took the storytelling course partly because I do some storytelling in Korean schools and libraries. It seemed like a good class for me as a teacher and librarian. I think the class is useful for librarians who want to more effectively perform stories in the library (or other) settings. It had a lot of wonderful techniques to improve storytelling, and the workshopping format with lots of feedback is a great way to sharpen your own performing skills.”

Lewis West
MLIS Student Graduating 2019
Daejon, Korea

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Urban Planner and iSchool Alumnus Explores Deep Relationship Between Public Libraries and Cities

Jonathan P. Bell

“I chose SJSU iSchool for its affordable tuition, flexible online program and access to high-quality faculty and graduate student research opportunities in the MLIS program. These continue to be my selling points when people ask me about the MLIS program at SJSU iSchool. This MLIS program afforded me a space to explore my questions about the role of public libraries in urban life.”

Jonathan P. Bell
MLIS Graduate 2017
Los Angeles, CA

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iSchool Student Builds a Global and Community-based Perspective on Librarianship

“I know that a lot of people think that libraries are becoming irrelevant, but I strongly disagree. The library where I work is always incredibly busy. It’s true that there are a lot of ways for people to access information themselves these days, but it can become information overload and people often need a little help navigating through it.”

Terra Emerson
MLIS Student Graduating 2018
Sonoma County, CA