Alumni in the News


A big shout out to alumni of the SJSU School of Information who are getting noticed in their communities for the fantastic work they do every day. Congratulations on your promotions, awards and other achievements!

April 2022

August Diehl

A love for her audience is what motivates August Diehl. The 2005 MLIS graduate and children’s librarian says children are “little sponges who love to express themselves. There are no filters. They want to do things and do not have to be coaxed. They are there, 100 percent, wanting to have a good time and have fun.” Read the full story at:

March 2022

Jeanne Holmgren

Jeanne Holmgren, ‘06 MLIS, is the new director for the Carteret County Public Library System in North Carolina. She has more than 15 years of library experience and says “it is an honor to step into the role of library director.” Read the full story at:

Rosan Mitola

In an interview with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Rosan Mitola talks about what inspired her to pursue a career in librarianship and her position as the outreach librarian and a tenured member of UNLV’s faculty. She recently was promoted to head of educational initiatives, overseeing much of the libraries’ instruction programs. Read the full interview at:

February 2022 

Jonathan Watson

Law librarian Jonathan Watson, ‘09 MLIS, said the purpose of the Solano County Law Library in California, is to provide “access to justice to the entire public.” Read the full story at:

Stephanie Saba

Stephanie Saba was named branch manager of Pacifica’s libraries in January 2022. “I love my job. I’ve loved working in the library these past 18 years. I am passionate about libraries,” she said. Read the full story at:

January 2022

Lindsey Travis

Lindsey Travis, ‘18 MLIS, has been named as the new library director for the Sweetwater County Library System. She began her new duties on January 1, 2022. Read the full story at:

Ashleigh Torres

Ashleigh Torres, ‘17 MLIS, is the new library branch supervisor for Winters Community Library. “I’ve worked in school settings and previously as a youth services librarian for El Dorado County. Then this job came up and it was a perfect marriage of everything I was interested in,” explained Torres. Read the full story at:

August 2021

Gayathri Kanth

Gayathri Kanth, ‘98 MLIS, was recently appointed the new director of library services for the Palo Alto City Library. “My short-term goal as Director is to continue the phased reopening all the five libraries. My long-term goal is to work with the leadership team to continue providing seamless services while navigating the pandemic, from Library-on-Demand vending machines to automated materials handling machines,” said Kanth. Read the full story at:

Laura Fentress

Laura Fentress shares her experience working for Grand Island Public Library. ““I knew I wanted to be a librarian when I was considering different career paths, and a friend of mine told me, ‘When a librarian takes home work, that means they take home books to read,’” she said. “I thought, I should look into this a little more!” Read the full story at: