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Dr. Michele Villagran Honored for Leadership in Social Justice and Equality

Dr. Michele Villagran

Assistant Professor Michele Villagran is the recipient of the 2023 Herb Biblo Outstanding Leadership Award for Social Justice and Equality presented by The Social Responsibilities Round Table. The award recognizes individuals who are leaders and advocates for social justice and equality within the library profession. “Everything I do is for diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice,” says Villagran.

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Seven iSchool Students Awarded 2023 ALA Spectrum Scholarships

Natali CarmonaSeven students from the San José State University School of Information have been selected for the 2023 Spectrum Scholarship Program by the American Library Association. The scholarship recipients were chosen based on their “commitment to community building, leadership potential, and planned contributions to making social justice part of everybody’s everyday work in LIS.”

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iSchool Recognizes 10 Faculty and Staff Members with Awards

Each spring, except in 2022, the San José State University School of Information recognizes its faculty and staff members with special awards for their achievements in several different areas. During the quarterly faculty retreat held in May, iSchool Director Anthony Chow announced the 2023 award recipients.

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Faculty Selects MLIS Graduating Student for Top Honor
Max Gonzalez Burdick Named Ken Haycock Award Winner

Max Gonzalez Burdick

Max Gonzalez Burdick, a graduating student in the Master of Library and Information Science program at the San José State University School of Information, has received the 2023 Ken Haycock Award and served as the iSchool’s student speaker during the May 19 virtual convocation. The Ken Haycock Award is given annually to an MLIS student who “exhibits the most exceptional professional promise for leadership.” Burdick was nominated for the prestigious award by the iSchool faculty and received $1,000 and a citation.

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Graduating Students Honored with Director’s Awards for Excellence

Kristen Chua

Four graduating students of the San José State University School of Information’s Master of Library and Information Science degree program are starting their post-graduate school life with a new award on their résumés. Kristen Chua, Rachel Fleming, Devon Cahill, and Charlie Harmon have all received Director’s Awards for Excellence. These awards are given out to well-deserving students who are nominated or self-nominated for their academic or professional achievements.