Celebrating 2024 Movers & Shakers
Library Journal Recognizes Seven iSchool Graduates


For the past 22 years, Library Journal has recognized the most incredible information professionals who have significantly contributed to the library and information science field. Given the moniker “Movers & Shakers,” the Class of 2024 includes seven alumni from the San José State University School of Information.

Alex VancinaAlex Vancina, a 2017 graduate of the Master of Library and Information Science degree program, expressed his astonishment at being named a 2024 Mover & Shaker. “I was quite surprised when Library Journal reached out to let me know I had been named a 2024 Mover & Shaker,” Vancina said. “I’ve been working in library technology for over 20 years, and it’s an honor to be recognized as an innovator in this area.” Vancina began his career at Helen Plum Library in Illinois while finishing his final semester at San José State University. He noted that planning the technology infrastructure for the library’s new building was one of his career’s most interesting and rewarding challenges. “It’s humbling to be included in such an accomplished cohort of Movers this year,” he added.

Mychal ThreetsMychal Threets said he felt immense gratitude and pride upon hearing the news from Library Journal. “Wow! I’m incredibly honored to have been chosen as a Mover & Shaker, especially as an advocate,” Threets enthused. Threets earned his MLIS degree in 2018 and has quickly made his mark on the library profession. “The advocate component is especially important to me because it signifies all those who have made me the library person I am.” Threets emphasized the importance of various library workers, from aides to media techs, in his journey and highlighted their relentless dedication despite challenges. “Libraries are community, the people are extraordinary. They are burnt out, yet they continue to do all they can to move things in a positive direction,” he said. Threets dedicated his recognition to these individuals, acknowledging their vital role in fostering community and driving positive change.

Matt HuculakMatt Huculak shared his enthusiasm for being chosen as one of the Mover & Shakers educators. “It’s a privilege to be part of such a vibrant community of library and information science professionals who are passionate about working with communities across the world,” Huculak said. The 2016 MLIS program graduate praised the core competencies he acquired at SJSU, which have been essential in his professional journey. Huculak was the first Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Victoria Library and valued the flexibility of San José State University’s MLIS program, which allowed him to maintain his work while building strong academic relationships. He highlighted the invaluable experiences gained from the MLIS program’s International Librarianship course (INFO 281-13).

Siva RamakrishnanSiva Ramakrishnan was finishing up her MLIS degree studies when she was recognized by Library Journal as a change agent. “Creating safe, modern, and engaging free spaces across New York City where teens can relax after a busy day, build community with each other, and explore new interests has been both joyful and challenging,” Ramakrishnan said. “Collaboration was key! Working with colleagues in our Facilities, Finance, and IT departments, as well as with our branch leadership, was critical in ensuring that these spaces would meet the needs of young people in our neighborhoods. My professors and fellow students at SJSU have taught me so much over the past few years about meeting community needs and collaboration — the MLIS studies have informed the work I do,” Ramakrishnan added.

Congratulations to all seven of the Library Journal 2024 Movers & Shakers from the SJSU iSchool:

Not all of the recipients were reachable for this story. Photos are courtesy of Library Journal.