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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iSchool Alumnus Climbs His Way to a CEO Position at a Sizable British Columbia Library

“The MLIS program seemed the perfect program for transitioning into more senior leadership positions given its focus on leadership and management oriented coursework.  The fact that I could do it part time and remotely was also a factor, as I kept working full time in my then current job as Director of Information Technology and Support Services at Fraser Valley Regional Library.”

Scott Hargrove
MLIS Graduate 2010
British Columbia, Canada

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MLIS Graduate Helping to Archive the Immortal Work of Charles M. Schulz

“My love of history led me down the archives pathway of classes. I chose SJSU’s iSchool because it is ALA accredited, and having an online program was important for me since I was working full time and needed to ‘attend classes’ at odd hours.”

Jennifer Pickens
MLIS Graduate 2014
Santa Rosa, CA

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MARA Graduate Uses New Partnership Between SJSU and ICRM to Quickly Obtain CRA Certification

“SJSU’s MARA program curriculum covered every area of records management and I particularly like that the curriculum is continually evaluated and updated to align with the job market and emerging trends in the records profession. The program also really helped me to embrace the changes brought about [in my career] as a result of emerging technologies.  The program offered tools to develop solutions that can be used in any industry.”

Ossie Thomas
MARA Alumna Graduated 2016
Memphis, TN

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iSchool Alumnus Ready to Navigate the Vast Archival Field

“I love the fact that all of my professors have experience in the field, whether it’s records administration or the archival field. They help me understand what experiences they bring to the program and how I could eventually apply it to my future career.”

Nikolay Zherebnenkov
MARA Alumnus Graduated 2017
Castro Valley, California

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iSchool Student and Artist Dedicates Herself to Cultivating the Relationship Between the Arts and Information Sciences

“I looked at the way that Winnipeg artists gather and encounter information and found that artists and scientists have more overlap than many people would guess. They both seek out data, create organizational systems for retrieval, and dole out information for their networks to encounter as well.”

Kira Koop
iSchool Student Graduating 2018
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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A Post-Master’s Certificate from the iSchool Refreshes Dedicated Librarian’s MLIS and Creative Spirit

“What bothered me about other schools, to speak frankly, was that I bet if you looked at their course catalog from 1987, 2007, to today, one wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. The classes were dated. Even SJSU’s foundation classes are on par with issues and topics libraries are experiencing right now.”

Jennifer Stencel
May 2017 Post-Master’s Certificate Graduate
Akron, OH

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MLIS Student and Public Librarian Amassing Skills for Her Continued LIS Future

“While I feel like I had learned a lot of skills on the job, I ultimately wanted to learn the theories of practice behind those skills. I also wanted the opportunity to learn from and interact with experienced leaders in the field of library and information science. I feel like this program has really provided that so well, particularly for being an online program.”

Tiffany Harkleroad
iSchool Student Graduating 2017
Butler, Pennsylvania

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iStudent Blog Writer Looks Ahead to Life After the MLIS

“[This work] gave me a reason to pursue all the avenues that this program and the LIS field are about while also connecting with professionals in the field and professors, students and alumni at SJSU. It completely opened up the program to me.”

Allison Randall-Gatt
MLIS Student Graduating May 2017
Sonoma County, California

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Liaison Librarian and iSchool Graduate Appears on Jeopardy!

“One of the main factors in choosing to apply to the iSchool was that I would be able to curate my own learning experience so that I could engage with topics and areas of study that were new to me and didn’t repeat my previous education and job experience.”

Adam Weissengruber
MLIS Graduate, 2014
Toronto, Ontario

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iSchool Alumna Uses Her MLIS Skills to Further Evolve Her Career

“A core value that was a part of every class that I took was the user experience. Whether we’re working at a reference desk, working as a children’s librarian or working as a knowledge manager, we’re here for our user.”

Elizabeth Borghi
MLIS Graduate 2012
Redwood City, CA