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Six Graduating Students Receive Awards for Excellence

Class of 2022Graduation festivities are in full swing, and six students from the San José State University School of Information will be graduating with one more award to put on their resumes. Stephanie Duran, Natasha Finnegan, Ayana Sarrieddine, Ariell Lomax, Jaime D. Zullo, and Kristin Peace were selected by the faculty to receive one of the Director’s Awards for Excellence.


Dr. Butler Becomes 20th Individual to Earn a PhD through International Partnership

Walter ButlerDr. Walter Butler is one of the few remaining individuals to have his doctorate conferred by Queensland University of Technology, the founding partner university of the Gateway PhD program. The partnership between the San José State University School of Information and the Queensland University of Technology lasted from 2008 to 2021. In March 2022, he became the 20th individual to graduate from the Gateway PhD program.


Student Chapter of the Year Award Goes to ALASC
iSchool Students Recognized for their ‘Incredible Work’


The American Library Association Student Chapter at the San José State University School of Information has been awarded Chapter of the Year. This is the fifth time the ALA Student Chapter has won this prestigious award. One of the main reasons ALASC was chosen was due to their member engagement, as well as the chapter’s ability to create opportunities for leadership, especially during the pandemic.


Graduation Speakers Announced for iSchool’s Virtual Convocation
ALA President Patty Wong and Air Force Chief Data Officer Eileen M. Vidrine to Deliver Speeches

Patty WongThe San José State University School of Information will be celebrating its graduating students at two ceremonies in May. One will be virtual while the other will be held in person. Dr. Anthony Chow, director of the School on Information, commented on the ceremonies as a “wonderful time to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates and we are extremely proud of all of them.”


Five New Tenure-track Faculty Members to Join the SJSU School of Information in Fall 2022

New faces will be on the San José State University School of Information’s full-time faculty roster in fall 2022 with the hiring of five assistant professors. Dr. José Aguiñaga, Dr. Jessica Bushey, Dr. Ulia Gosart, Dr. James Hodges and Dr. Norman Mooradian have all demonstrated “evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and/or service,” a requirement listed in the job posting. Their official start date is July 20.


Publication on Dementia Services Propels iSchool Instructor to Award Winner
Dr. Timothy Dickey Receives 2022 RUSA Award

Dr. Timothy Dickey

Dr. Timothy Dickey was awarded the 2022 RUSA Margaret E. Monroe Award for Library Adult Services. On winning the award, Dickey stated, “I am deeply humbled and tremendously honored by the award, which recognizes so many aspects of my professional life as a librarian, a faculty member, an author, and as someone dedicated to professional service.”


Dr. Okumoto Completes PhD through Gateway Program

Last fall, Dr. Richard Okumoto’s dissertation was conferred by Queensland University of Technology, the former partner of the San José State University School of Information’s Gateway PhD program. Okumoto is the 19th doctoral student to complete the program through the QUT partnership, which spanned 2008 through 2021.  


Dr. Anthony Chow Appointed to the Little Free Library National Board

Reading Nation tribal Partner Little Free Libraries

Dr. Anthony Chow has been elected to serve on the national board of the Little Free Library. His appointment began February 2, 2022.

Chow, who is the director of the San José State University School of Information, has helped the LFL in securing a 1.4 million dollar grant that he hopes will “address barriers to literacy and libraries for Native American children and families in five tribal communities nationally.”


iSchool Student Selected as BSLISE International Scholar

Sabrina Gunn

Graduate student Sabrina Gunn has been selected as the first Building Strong Library and Information Science Education International Scholar, a newly created position through a partnership with the San José State University School of Information.