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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 California State Librarian Greg Lucas

Published: February 17, 2016

Ever wonder how other students work a job, feed a family, walk a dog, answer discussion questions, manage to have clean clothes to wear (ahem, most days), and put together a PowerPoint presentation—all without losing their marbles or their reading notes? This post is part of a series giving you a microscopic view of how students manage their lives and their coursework at the iSchool and a better feeling for who your classmates are—people just like you.

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See the Bigger Picture — The iSchool as Part of SJSU’s College of Applied Sciences and Arts (CASA)

Published: February 3, 2016

You’re taking courses at the iSchool, but on your Canvas site and the website—even your future diploma—it says San Jose State University. To many online students, this is just some remote idea of a large university in a booming California city. How can you connect with San Jose State while working on your graduate degree?

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Tips to Get You Started as You Apply for Financial Aid

Published: January 27, 2016

Hooray! You’ve decided to go to grad school, and that’s a big step. Now it’s time to figure out how to make that happen with both your time and your finances. The majority of iSchool students currently in attendance receive some kind of financial aid, so if you too are applying, you’re in good (and plentiful) company.

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Links to Your Best Resources as You Start the SJSU iSchool

Published: January 20, 2016

The spring semester is about to begin, and whether you’re brand new to the iSchool, checking it out as you decide to take the leap into graduate school, or in the middle of your coursework, there is a whole slew of resources available to help you plan your program, focus your studies, help you with the tech side of online learning, and give you an in-depth look at some of the courses and opportunities available through SJSU’s School of Information.

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A Day in the Life of Student Alison Peters

Published: December 16, 2015

Ever wonder how other students work a job, feed a family, walk a dog, answer discussion questions, manage to have clean clothes to wear (ahem, most days), and put together a PowerPoint presentation—all without losing their marbles or their reading notes? This post is part of a series giving you a microscopic view of how students manage their lives and their coursework at the iSchool and a better feeling for who your classmates are—people just like you.

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Expert Panel Discusses Libraries and Digitization

Published: December 10, 2015

With the growing need to preserve and protect historical materials, curate born-digital materials, and make materials more widely accessible to the community and the world beyond, digitization is becoming more of an issue for libraries today.

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The iSchool’s SLA Student Chapter Offers Innovative Programming and Exciting Leadership Opportunities

Published: December 2, 2015

Are you interested in specialized libraries like law, medical, archives, music, digital, museum, or a variety of specialized collections in different library settings, and looking for a way to connect with your fellow iSchool-mates? Then you should definitely think about joining SJSU’s Special Libraries Association student chapter (SLASC) for an online event.

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Letter to the iSchool from Alumnus Eddy Hamelin

Published: November 24, 2015 

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.

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iSchool Offers Flexibility — and Unexpected Benefits — for Deaf Students

Published: November 19, 2015 by Allison Randall Gatt

SJSU’s completely online program makes it possible for so many students to get their degrees as they work, care for families and squeeze in time for friends and even laundry. I know I’m grateful that the commute to class means shuffling down the hall to my computer rather than gathering in a chilly lecture hall.

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Toby Greenwalt at Library 2.015 — Technology and Partnership in the Library Community

Published: November 12, 2015

This is the last in a series of posts summarizing highlights of the Library 2.015 Worldwide Virtual Conference in October 2015. To access the full set of recorded sessions, go to the iSchool’s Library 2.015 page and look for the links to the keynote speakers. All three of the presentations covered in this blog will be there, and you can get all the juicy details for yourself!

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Norm Jacknis at Library 2.015 — Making the Future Happen Now for Libraries

Published: November 11, 2015

This is the second of a series of posts summarizing highlights of the Library 2.015 Worldwide Virtual Conference in October 2015. To access the full set of recorded sessions, go to the iSchool’s Library 2.015 page and look for the links to the keynote speakers. All three of the presentations covered in this blog will be there, and you can get all the juicy details for yourself!

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Dr. Sandra Hirsh at Library 2.015 — Starting the Day and Supercharging with Motivation

Published: November 10, 2015 by Allison Randall Gatt

This is the first of a series of posts summarizing highlights of the Library 2.015 Worldwide Virtual Conference in October 2015. To access the full set of recorded sessions, go to the iSchool’s Library 2.015 page and look for the links to the keynote speakers. All three of the presentations covered in this blog will be there, and you can get all the juicy details for yourself!

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A Day in the Life of Student Allison Randall Gatt

Published: November 4, 2015 by Allison Randall Gatt

Ever wonder how other students manage to work a job, feed a family, walk a dog, answer discussion questions, manage to have clean clothes to wear (ahem, most days), put together a PowerPoint presentation and stay sane? We do stay sane, don’t we? Sure we do, but we all have different lives and different ways of staying organized and getting our coursework done.

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Variety and Flexibility in the iSchool’s Spring 2016 Course Schedule

Published: October 21, 2015

The end of the year is fast approaching, and the only thing more exciting than planning your holiday gift wish list is—you guessed it!—planning for and enrolling in your next semester courses at the iSchool. I love, love, love flicking through course titles, syllabi, bios for course instructors and the Career Pathway pages to shape and mold what my degree and my future (especially the next semester) will look like.