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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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A Day In The Life Of An San José State University School of Information Student

Published: April 16, 2018 by Priscilla Ameneyro

Are you worried you won’t be able to keep up with the demands of work, life, family and now school? Are you a current student struggling to get your course work done on time alongside cooking dinner, walking the dog and showing up to your day job? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! We all have responsibilities other than school and it can be a serious juggling act at times. But it is totally doable, and at the end of it, you’ll have a qualification to be proud of that could change your life.

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Tax Benefits For Students: How To Max Out Your Tax Return

Published: April 9, 2018 by Priscilla Ameneyro

The deadline to file your 2017 federal tax return is fast approaching. If you haven’t submitted yours yet, gather your W2s and 1098Ts and get to a tax office or a computer pronto! But first, read this blog post to find out how being a graduate student can impact your taxes. Making sure you’re informed about special student deductions and credits will help you maximize your refund and ultimately offset the cost of college.

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Meet Your Faculty Advisors

Published: March 26, 2018

New welcome videos help you choose the right faculty advisor for you.

istudent_facultyadvisors.pngYou’re bound to have questions as you navigate through your program at the School of Information. Thankfully, the iSchool has plenty of resources to help you along the way. One of those is the faculty advisor team, who are available to answer your questions about course selections and career pathways based on their areas of expertise. Now you can watch a quick one to two minute welcome video to get to know each advisor and determine the right person to reach out to for assistance. With 50 advisors to choose from, you are sure to find your perfect match.

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Library 2.018 Design Thinking Conference Recap

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Gain insights from the Library 2.0 virtual conference, “Design Thinking,” held on March 8.

Over 5,500 people registered for the first Library 2.0 virtual conference of the year. “Design Thinking: How Librarians are Incorporating it into their Practice” was held online and for free on March 8.

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Top Writing Tips

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Improve your papers with these top tips from the School of Information Student Research Journal editorial team.

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Six Steps to Design the Internship of Your Dreams

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Six simple steps for finding and submitting an internship opportunity.

Did you know that you have the option to set up your own custom internship? If the internship opportunities in the database don’t quite match up to your interests, it’s easy to create one that’s right for you. I know because that’s exactly what I did!

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Get Out There and Network

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Five networking strategies to help you make a name for yourself.

It’s never too early to start networking. The sooner you begin, the more prepared you’ll be to launch your job hunt when you graduate.

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Net Neutrality: What Does It Mean For Libraries?

Published: January 29, 2018

With the Federal Communications Commission’s recent decision to repeal net neutrality, what exactly does this mean and how does it impact libraries? As aspiring information professionals, it’s important for iSchool students to understand this issue and its potential influence on the future of libraries. I did some research to learn more and summarized the key points for you below.

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iSchool Students Develop Instructional Tools for Dr. Hirsh’s New Book

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Three students share their experiences working on presentations for Information Services Today, second edition. 

Information Services Today is a textbook many of you will be familiar with from your iSchool classes. The textbook brings together 43 authors from across the LIS field and is compiled and edited by the iSchool’s Director, Dr. Sandra Hirsh.

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Claims of a Dying LIS Profession Debunked

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Libraries and librarians are here to stay. Inside Higher Ed finds error in Bureau of Labor Statistics calculation.

How do people respond when asked if they think libraries are a dying industry? Unfortunately, a lot of people would probably agree. Those who are not familiar with what’s happening in the world of information or who haven’t set foot in a library in years think that the game is up.

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Make 2018 Your Best Year Yet!

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Helpful tips for setting goals and achieving them to make 2018 great.

Happy new year and welcome to 2018! It’s the perfect time to lock in your new year’s resolutions and set some goals for the year ahead.

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Getting Good Grades

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Disappointed with your grades? Get advice from your peers and professors for boosting your GPA.

For those of you who completed your SOTEs evaluations on time, you can access your final grades for fall now. If not, you’ll have access starting December 30th.

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Looking Back on Fall 2017

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Take a trip down memory lane with me as I look back on fall 2017 at the iSchool.

As the fall semester of 2017 winds down, join me in reflecting on what a semester it has been! I’m guilty of always looking forward and thinking about the next thing, so I wanted to pause for a moment and reflect on the accomplishments and events that made fall 2017 so great.