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iSchool Director Transitions to New Leadership Role at SJSU
Dr. Sandra Hirsh Accepts Associate Dean Position

Dr. Sandra Hirsh

The San José State University School of Information announces a change in leadership effective March 16, 2020. Dr. Sandra Hirsh is transitioning from her role as director and professor at the iSchool to associate dean for academics in the SJSU College of Professional and Global Education. 

“Serving as the iSchool director over the last 10 years has been the highlight of my career! I am very proud of what we have accomplished during this period,” Hirsh stated.

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iSchool Students and Alumni Showcase Community Impact at 2019 CLA Poster Session
Poster Session Builds Presentation Skills, Confidence and Network

Image from Hayden Birkett's poster

The San José State University School of Information sponsored its fourth community poster session featuring alumni and student presenters during the California Library Association’s annual conference, held in October 2019. A gallery of the poster presentations from the CLA session and past sessions highlights the important work iSchool alumni and students are doing in their communities.

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SJSU Alumna Wins ALA’s I Love My Librarian Award for Outstanding Contributions to Public Librarianship
Congratulations to Maria Papanastassiou!

Maria Papanastassiou

San José State University alumna Maria Papanastassiou, who completed her Master of Library and Information Science degree in 2013, is the latest SJSU Spartan to win the I Love My Librarian Award, conferred annually by the American Library Association. The Kids’ World Assistant Manager at Arlington Heights (Ill.) Memorial Library, Papanastassiou was one of 10 winners announced on December 10, 2019, which included three academic, three public, and four school librarians.

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iSchool’s Student Research Journal Publishes 18th Issue: ‘Bigger and Better Than Ever’ Says Editor-In-Chief

Student Research Journal

The 18th issue of the fully student-run Student Research Journal is now available online. Featuring an invited contribution from Assistant Professor Deborah Hicks and articles written by current students and recent graduates representing three distinguished universities, the San José State University School of Information’s research publication explores a vast array of topics.

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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.