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Free Web Conference Explores ‘Sustainability in Libraries’
Call for Proposals and Registration Open

Library 2.020 Sustainability in Libraries web conference on October 14, 2020 at noon Pacific Time

The third and final Library 2.0 mini-conference for 2020 will be held online on Wednesday, October 14, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. US-Pacific Time. This free, online and participatory conference, sponsored by the School of Information at San José State University, is an excellent opportunity to showcase research, work and thinking on sustainability in libraries.

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Two Alumni Awarded 2020 REFORMA Dia Mini-Grants for Library Programs that Celebrate Latino Culture

San José State University School of Information is pleased to announce that two alumni were awarded REFORMA Día Mini-Grants to support new or existing Día programs that celebrate Latino culture. David Lopez and Gina Rosabal were among the five winners of REFORMA Día Mini-Grants, who were selected based on original submissions that demonstrated their creativity, level of community involvement, and showcase of Latinx literature and culture.

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Two iSchool Alumni Honored with Awards for Stellar Professional Achievements

Jon Luc Christensen

The Special Libraries Association recently recognized 11 members with awards, two of whom earned their Master of Library and Information Science degree from the School of Information at San José State University. The SLA is a nonprofit global organization for innovative information professionals and their strategic partners in business, government, academic, and other “specialized” settings.

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New Tenure-track Assistant Professor Brings Data Science Expertise to iSchool Faculty

Assistant Professor Ghosh

The San José State University School of Information announces the addition of a new tenure-track assistant professor to its diverse and award-winning faculty. Souvick Ghosh will focus on developing a foundational course, Problem Solving with Data, and will contribute his professional applied experience to the iSchool’s Master of Library and Information Science degree program.

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More than $29,000 Awarded in Fall 2020 Special Session Scholarships

Ellen Bae's Presentation

Funding totaling $29,862 was awarded to 21 students pursuing master’s degrees at the San José State University School of Information. Using software such as Prezi, Powtoon, or emaze, scholarship applicants creatively showcased themes of global impact or professional leadership through descriptive text, data points and visual elements.

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Endowed Scholarships Support iSchool Students, Reaffirm Dreams

San José State University School of Information awards scholarships endowed or donated by faculty members, students, alumni and friends to exceptional students enrolled in the Master of Library and Information Science or Master of Archives and Records Administration degree program. This spring, 12 continuing graduate students of the MLIS and MARA programs earned 14 scholarships totaling $13,750 to be app

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Director’s Scholarship for Excellence Awarded to Five New iSchool Students

Path to Becoming: Info-Professional by Ellie Avis

Five students who will be enrolling in the Master of Library and Information Science program at San José State University’s School of Information in fall 2020 have received the Director’s Scholarship for Excellence, totaling $7,110 in award funding; each award is valued at $1,422.

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iSchool Alumna and Faculty Member Named 2020 Library Journal Movers and Shakers

Anna Avalos

The highly anticipated annual roster of Movers and Shakers in the information profession published by Library Journal is out, and two of them have ties to the San José State University School of Information. Anna Avalos, a 2007 alumna of the Master of Library and Information Science program, and Maggie Murphy, a faculty member, are among the distinguished group of award winners that has grown to nearly 1,000 since its launch in 2002.

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Dr. Niloufar Sarraf Receives QUT Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award, Advancing Developments in NeuroInformation Science

Dr. Nilo Sarraf

Dr. Niloufar Sarraf, the 15th student to graduate from the San José State University-Queensland University of Technology Gateway PhD program, received the QUT Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award for her dissertation, “Mapping the Neural Activities and Affective Dimensions of the ISP Model: Correlates in the Search for Exploration, Formulation, and Collection Stage.” This prestigious award was given in recognition of Sarraf’s outstanding contribution and standard of excellence demonstrated in higher degree research practice.

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Four Graduating Students Honored with Director’s Awards for Excellence

Elizabeth Borges

The San José State University School of Information proudly recognizes four graduating students from the Class of 2020 for their exceptional work with Director’s Awards for Excellence. During their grad school studies in the Master of Library and Information Science degree program they demonstrated leadership, ingenuity, compassion, and commitment to bettering our communities. Congratulations Elizabeth Borges, Amanda Cronkright, Bijan Nowroozian and Shelby Silvernell!

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Crisis/Disaster Health Informatics Course Addresses Misinformation and Pandemic Preparedness

The School of Information at San José State University first offered INFO 281 Seminar in Contemporary Issues: Crisis/Disaster Health Informatics in 2012. The course, popular with students of the Master of Library and Information Science and Master of Science in Informatics programs, explores the interconnectedness of information, people and technologies in a crisis or disaster (e.g.

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iSchool Graduate Sharaya Olmeda Stands Out for Exceptional Professional Promise

Sharaya Olmeda

The School of Information at San José State University is pleased to announce the winner of the 2020 Ken Haycock Award for Exceptional Professional Promise is Sharaya Olmeda, who completed the Master of Library and Information Science program and graduated Summa Cum Laude in December 2019. This coveted recognition is awarded annually by peers and faculty of the iSchool’s Student Awards and Scholarship Committee.

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iSchool Instructor Patty Wong Wins 2021–2022 ALA Presidency

Patty Wong

San José State University School of Information instructor Patty Wong has been elected 2021–2022 president-elect of the American Library Association. As ALA president, Wong, currently director of library services/city librarian for the Santa Monica Public Library in California, will be the chief elected officer for the oldest and largest library association in the world. She will serve as president-elect for one year before moving into her role as president at the close of the 2021 ALA Annual Conference.

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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.