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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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Scholarship Opportunities for the Spring Semester with the iSchool and Beyond

Published: September 30, 2015

Finding a way to pay for school can be a challenge, but if you’re resourceful and articulate (and you are, because you’re studying to be an information professional), then there’s a wealth of opportunities out there to help you make your way through graduate school. It’s just a matter of finding the right one and hitting the right deadlines.

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Students at the iSchool Gain Valuable Real-World Experience as Research Assistants

Published: September 23, 2015

Research assistants at the iSchool have amazing opportunities to gain essential skills for the workplace, work with a team of fellow students and faculty, and be a part of something new, innovative and exciting. Research assistants work closely with iSchool instructors, staff and other information professionals, gaining workplace skills and sometimes a modest income (some assistantships are paid and some are just for experience) while they work on their degrees. These positions can be quite competitive, attracting many qualified applicants.

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Exploring iSchool Career Pathways—Emerging Technologies: Issues and Trends

Published: September 9, 2015

Do you love being part of an ever-changing world of social media, bridging the digital divide, and connecting people and communities with new and evolving ways of accessing information? Not only do you sound like an information professional, but you sound like one who would really enjoy the classes offered in the iSchool’s Emerging Technologies: Issues and Trends career pathway.

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The iSchool’s Library Liaison Answers Your Research Needs

Published: September 3, 2015 by Allison Randall Gatt

Getting ready to start your first paper? Step one: research, research, research. SJSU’s King Library will provide you with a vast array of sources for your research needs, but if you feel a bit overwhelmed by all the choices and don’t know where to start, the iSchool has a great personal resource for your research—library liaison Ann Agee. She’s the librarian for aspiring librarians, and here are a few priceless bits of advice to save you time and get you headed in the right direction.

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Making Technology Assistance and Resources Easy to Find at the iSchool

Published: August 26, 2015 by Allison Randall Gatt

You’ve been accepted to the iSchool (yay!) and you’ve enrolled in your courses. Now you’re sailing smoothly through your coursework on Canvas and…wait. You’re not? That’s okay, help is easy to find and there are a lot of simple solutions to the technical difficulties you may be experiencing.

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Core Competencies at the iSchool Build the Foundation for a Successful Career

Published: August 15, 2015

Whether you’re a prospective student just starting at the iSchool, or gathering up your past course assignments and putting together your e-portfolio, the iSchool’s core competencies (also known as program learning outcomes) are going to keep appearing. You will need to know exactly what they are and be able to develop these competencies to prove you’re a professional worth hiring.

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Letters to the iSchool: From Alumna Remy Timbrook

Published: August 5, 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.

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What to Expect in INFO 203—Your First Class and the Keys to Success at the iSchool

Published: July 29, 2015

I took LIBR 203 a while ago, before Canvas and before it was even INFO 203. Feeling sort of behind the times, I asked the iSchool’s Director of Online Learning Debbie Faires about the changes that have been made since my time. Not only did she answer my questions, but she invited me to join the practice class! Wahoo! I get to learn about learning at the iSchool all over again and I can get with the current program.

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Letters to the iSchool: From Alumna Julie Wong

Published: July 1, 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. We thought you might too, so we’d like to share some of them with you.

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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.