CLA Members Elect SJSU SLIS Current Student and Alumnae to Board


The California Library Association (CLA) 2013 election results are in, and graduate student Lisa Nowlain was elected student representative. Nowlain is earning her Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science at the San José State University (SJSU) School of Library and Information Science (SLIS).

During her one-year term as student representative, Nowlain will advocate for student voices within CLA and is “honored to work with the Board to uphold the CLA mission.”

As a current student in the fully online master’s degree program at SJSU SLIS, she has worked within the online environment to make connections with student-librarians from many backgrounds, and understands their concerns as they navigate new technologies and career opportunities in the information profession. “We have one foot in school and the other in the job market,” explained Nowlain in her statement of concern published on the CLA website.

Nowlain ran against five other graduate students enrolled in library and information science master’s degree programs, including other SJSU SLIS graduate students. She is the second student representative to serve on the CLA Board. She succeeds Vaile Fujikawa, who is also a graduate student at the SJSU information school.

In addition, SJSU SLIS alumnae Ann Awakuni, an Infopeople online instructor and a technology librarian for the Mountain View Public Library, and Tonya Kennon, the director of the Riverside City Public Library, were elected to the CLA Board of Directors.