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iStudent Blog

Students in all of our programs, as well as applicants, will find the iStudent Blog a gold mine. Written by a current student, this blog provides important information and resources and useful advice, including posts about courses, career pathways, online learning, time management, student groups, conferences, and financial aid.

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Get the Most of Your Professional Conference Experience

Published: June 9, 2015

‘Tis the season for professional conferences—the Special Library Association Conference will be held June 14–16, 2015, in Boston, and the ‘Tis the season for professional conferences—the Special Library Association Conference will be held June 14–16, 2015, in Boston, and the American Library Association will hold their conference in San Francisco June 25–30.

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The Here and Now—A Closer Look at Social Media, Open Courses and Innovative Library Programming from the Library 2.015 Spring Summit

Published: May 28, 2015 by Allison Randall Gatt

This is the third and final post of a three-part summary of the Library 2.015 Spring Summit that took place on April 30, 2015. In this segment, three expert librarians take a look at the ways in which social media, MOOCs and a variety of other technological tools can be used in library programming, and how to choose what works best in a variety of library environments and communities.

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Being in the Know—Advice about Technology and Program Funding from the Library 2.015 Spring Summit

Published: May 27, 2015

This is the second post of a three-part summary of the Library 2.015 Spring Summit that took place on April 30, 2015. In this presentation, entitled In the Know (click on this title to connect you to the recording), three leaders in the fields of technology and grantwriting discussed ways to keep current with tech development, how to determine the importance and relevance of each resource in relation to your own library community, and how to look for and receive funding for your organization’s programming.

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Letters to the iSchool: From Student Basia Delawska-Elliott

Published: May 14, 2015 by Allison Randall Gatt

From time to time, iSchool faculty and staff receive thoughtful, unsolicited letters from alumni and current students who want to share their thoughts about the program and how it has affected their lives and careers. We love getting these letters, and we learn a lot from them. We thought you might too, so we’d like to share some of them with you. Below is the first in an occasional series of Letters to the iSchool.

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Student Assistants Learn Valuable Skills, Build Career Networks and Get Paid

Published: April 30, 2015 by Allison Randall Gatt

If you’re looking for a way to fund your education, you can make some extra money by applying to join the team of iSchool graduate student assistants. SJSU’s School of Information employs about 30 student assistants every year to work as research assistants, web team assistants, peer mentors, marketing assistants, and writers for Community Profiles and this blog.

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Time to Apply for Scholarships—Deadline is March 30

Published: March 23, 2015

It’s that time of the year again—time to round up your brightest ideas, put your best foot forward and apply for scholarships. The deadline for applications for many spring scholarships is right around the corner—on March 30. Both the School of Information and San José State University as a whole have a variety of scholarships to offer based on focus of study, geographic location, ethnic background, professional development and so much more.

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Canadian Students Learn and Thrive at the iSchool

Published: March 5, 2015

I live in Northern California, close enough to SJSU that I could feasibly make the drive down to campus to attend classes in person. But many students at the School of Information log in from across the United States, Canada and all over the world.

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One of Your Best Resources at the iSchool—The Advising Site on Canvas

Published: February 26, 2015

As a brand new iSchool student, the Advising site on our Canvas course management system is one of the best resources to utilize now and throughout your graduate school experience. The site can help you answer questions about course workload, enrollment procedures, and career planning. It also provides links to student groups, drop boxes for iSchool forms like scholarships and Candidacy forms, and so, so much more.

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A Chance to Meet Our iSchool Director in California

Published: February 18, 2015

SJSU iSchool Director Dr. Sandra Hirsh has been travelling around California for the last couple of months, visiting libraries and holding informational sessions to answer questions and discuss the programs and opportunities available at the iSchool. Hirsh visited two public libraries in Los Angeles in January and the Sacramento Public Library in early February.