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MLIS Student’s Essay Wins Scholarship and Trip to Association of Research Libraries Fall Forum

Madelynn Dickerson, Wendy Blixrud Beckmann, Ellworth Beckmann

Choosing between an essay or a visual submission when considering her application format for the 2019 Julia C. Blixrud Scholarship, Madelynn Dickerson decided to write an essay. Her decision proved successful in exhibiting evidence of her creative thinking and passion for research libraries. The San José State University School of Information graduate student received the $1,000 scholarship and was invited to attend the Association of Research Libraries Fall Forum, themed “Research Libraries as Catalytic Leaders in a Society in Constant Flux.”  

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New Book Explores Librarian Leadership Infused with Humanity and Heart
Dr. Michael Stephens Emphasizes the Need for ‘Heart Skills’

Wholehearted Librarianship book cover

The heart shape embodies the many works of Michael Stephens, associate professor in the School of Information at San José State University. Stephens has published a collection of columns, blog posts, and essays that celebrates compassion and empathy, teaches ways to develop and empower kindness, and encourages curiosity and creativity as keys to establishing “radical trust” and inclusivity.

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iSchool Alumnae and Student Sweep CLA 2019 Election

Jayanti Addleman

The California Library Association Board of Directors will be Spartan strong with San José State University alumnae and a student winning seats in the 2019 CLA elections that were held on October 4, 2019. Jayanti Addleman, Brandy Buenafe, Jeanette Contreras, and Mayra Fuentes will take office on Saturday, October 26, 2019, and be honored at the annual CLA conference in Pasadena.

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School of Information Researchers Recognized with Literati Awards for Outstanding Research Papers

Emerald Publishing’s 26th Annual Literati Awards recognized articles authored by two San José State University professors and one alumna: Michelle Chen, associate professor at the School of Information; Patricia Franks, professor at the School of Information; and Emily Coyne, graduate of the School of Information’s Master of Library and Information Science program.

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Three iSchool Students Awarded California Library Association Scholarship for Minority Students in Memory of Edna Yelland
‘I Cried,’ Says MLIS Student Upon Hearing They Won a Scholarship

Mayra Fuentes

Mayra Fuentes, Monica Vega Latona, and Brandi Veal, three students enrolled in the Master of Library and Information Science degree program at the San José State University School of Information, were awarded the California Library Association Scholarship for Minority Students in Memory of Edna Yelland. Each recipient received $2,500, a one-year student membership to CLA, and will be honored at the CLA annual conference October 24- 26, 2019.  

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King Library Liaisons Assist iSchool Students and Faculty

DeeAnn Tran

Three librarians from the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library at San José State University have been appointed to help students and faculty members of the SJSU School of Information navigate and access information through library resources and online. Craig Simpson, Gareth Scott and DeeAnn Tran assume the library liaison role from Ann Agee who held the position for the past five years.

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Dr. Michael Stephens Joins Advisory Board for IMLS Grant on Civic Engagement

Dr. Michael Stephens, associate professor at the San José State University School of Information, was invited to serve on the advisory board of a recently funded Institute of Museum and Library Services Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program project: Training Future Librarians for Civic Engagement and City Collaboration. The project focuses on civic technology, an emerging set of practices in using information, and communica

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Alumni, Students Present at Third iSchool Community Poster Session during ALA Conference

Tameca Beckett

The San José State University School of Information sponsored a community poster session featuring alumni and student speakers during the American Library Association’s annual conference held in June 2019. The poster session was the first time many of participants presented at a conference.

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Dr. Anthony Bernier Awarded Second Grant for First-Generation Research Project; Elected Chair of Library History Round Table

Dr. Anthony Bernier

San José State University School of Information Professor Anthony Bernier recently celebrated two landmark achievements: he was awarded the 2019 Association for Library and Information Science Education’s research grant, and he was elected to serve as chair of the American Library Association’s Library History Round Table.

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Three iSchool Students Recognized for Commitment to Serving Spanish-Speaking Communities
REFORMA Scholarships Affirm Librarianship Career Goals

Luisa Leija

Luisa Leija, Cynthia Cortes and Renee Torres, three San José State University School of Information graduate students, were recently awarded scholarships by REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and Spanish speakers, recognizing their contributions to the field and their commitment to the organization’s mission.

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iSchool’s New Informatics Program Awarded $50,000 California State University Innovation Grant

The San José State University College of Professional and Global Education has awarded the School of Information a two-year California State University Innovation Grant in the amount of $50,000 for its Master of Science in Informatics program, launching this fall.

A dynamic interdisciplinary field, informatics emphasizes analyzing and managing data while making that data secure and actionable for users within the specific domains of health, cybersecurity and privacy, and sports.