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Alumna Named Vice President/President-elect of the Washington Library Association
Congratulations to Sarah Logan, '12 MLIS

Sarah Logan

The membership of the Washington Library Association recently elected a San José State University alumna as its vice president and president-elect. Sarah Logan earned her Master of Library and Information Science degree from the SJSU School of Information in 2012 and has since worked as a teacher-librarian. She says her job at the Dorothy Fox Elementary School in Camas, Washington, prompted her to run for the WLA board.


Pushing Forward with Native American Literacy and Libraries 
IMLS Awards $1.2 Million Grant to iSchool and Reading Nation Waterfall

Reading National Waterfall Grant Project LogoDr. Anthony Chow, director of the San José State University School of Information, and Reading Nation Waterfall have received a $1.2 million grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to foster Native American literacy, as well as a $150,000 grant entitled “Seeking Immortality” alongside the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana to preserve the Northern Cheyenne language and culture through virtual reality. 


ALA Selects Nine iSchool Students for 2022-23 Spectrum Scholarship

Cristopher Vázquez Muñoz

Nine students from the San José State University School of Information were announced as Spectrum Scholars for the 2022-23 year. The Spectrum Scholarship is an annual scholarship given out by the American Library Association. The ALA created this scholarship to “affirms its commitment to diversity and inclusion by seeking the broadest participation of new generations of racially and ethnically diverse librarians to position ALA to provide leadership in the transformation of libraries and library services.”


Grant Project Aims to Introduce Librarianship to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color
IMLS Funds $150,000 BIPOC Become Librarians Project

The San José State University’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library and School of Information, in partnership with San José Public Library, were recently awarded a $150,000 grant from the Institute of Library and Museum Services for the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program aimed at introducing undergraduate students who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to professional careers in the library and information science and archives fields.


Fall Course Fees Reduced Thanks to Generous Scholarships

Regina McQuiston's infographic

New and matriculated students enrolled in the San José State University School of Information’s master’s degree and bachelor’s degree programs are starting the fall semester with a little less financial worry. The SJSU iSchool recognized its exceptional students with 72 scholarships ranging from $750 to $3,000 each. Dr. Mary Ann Harlan, co-chair of the Scholarship Committee said, “Awarding scholarships is always an amazing opportunity to see the wonderful diversity and quality of iSchool students.”


Virtual Reality in Libraries Explored in New MLIS Course

Virtual reality room

A new elective is being offered in the Master of Library and Information Science program for fall 2022. INFO 287-19, Feel the Learn: The Library Advancing Virtual Reality, is a course available to students enrolled in the MLIS Special Session at San José State University School of Information. The prerequisite for the course is the completion of INFO 200 and INFO 203. This new three-unit course will discuss the past and future use of virtual reality (VR) technology in libraries.