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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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Intrepid Explorer Pursues Film Preservation

“The librarian degree will help me in my field. The [film preservation] certificate will say that, not only does this woman have the technical ability to handle these films, but she also knows how to catalog, she knows the procedures, has the information science background, knows metadata. The ‘Indiana Jones of Movies’ is what they call me.”

Sarah Smith
Long Beach, California
MLIS Student, Expected Graduation 2016
Future Selznick School of Film Preservation Certificate Student

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In Times of Crisis, Student Naomi Fuhrman Deploys with the Standby Task Force

“There’s no better moment to look at all of humanity than a conflict, [which] brings out the best and worst in people. When it comes down to it, the idea that I’d get to work with people doing the best of things was a pretty nice idea.”

Naomi Fuhrman
Marin County, California
MLIS Student, Expected Graduation Winter 2015

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Career Changer Darren Ilett Builds a Model for Success

“The thing that draws me to libraries,” says San José State University School of Information student Darren Ilett, “is the focus on service and making a positive impact for whatever communities we serve. And the emphasis on education.”

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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.”

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Writers of the Student Research Journal

Have you ever dreamed of being published in a respected library and information science (LIS) journal—but didn’t think you had enough writing experience? SRJ (the Student Research Journal, pronounced “surge”) is a peer-reviewed, open access iSchool publication that welcomes submissions from students from all LIS graduate schools. That means you.

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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.

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Kate Dillon: On Cybersecurity and Being WISE

Kate Dillon had a dream: to be a full-time MLIS student. Her plan to make that dream a reality was: trade a full-time job for a part-time, get accepted to San José State University School of Information, become super involved in LIS extracurriculars and conferences, and obtain financial support for her education. Mission accomplished.