iStudent Blog https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog Students in all of our programs, as well as applicants, will find the iStudent Blog a gold mine. Written by ... en Why Join a Student Group? https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/why-join-student-group <p> <strong>Published:</strong> September 17, 2021 by Leslie Parry </p> <p> <a href="/student-groups">Student groups</a> are a cornerstone of the <a href="https://sjsu.edu/">San José State University</a> <a href="/">School of Information</a>. They offer professional connections, personal camaraderie and the chance to hone valuable skills outside of the curriculum, particularly in the areas of leadership and communication. So what does it mean to take part in one of these groups? What opportunities do they offer at the iSchool and beyond? These were a few of the questions posed at the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvY4VCJRf1g">Fall Student Group Meet & Greet</a>, which featured&nbsp;the <a href= "http://ischoolgroups.sjsu.edu/alasc/wp-students/">American Library Association</a> (ALA), <a href= "https://ischoolgroups.sjsu.edu/saasc/">Society of American Archivists</a>&nbsp;(SAA), <a href= "https://ischoolgroups.sjsu.edu/slasc/">Special Libraries Association</a>&nbsp;(SLA), <a href= "https://ischoolgroups.sjsu.edu/reforma/">REFORMA</a> and <a href="https://ischoolgroups.sjsu.edu/asistsc/">ASIS&amp;T</a>&nbsp;student chapters,&nbsp;as well as the <a href= "https://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/ischoolsrj/">Student Research Journal</a>, the <a href= "https://ischoolblogs.sjsu.edu/firstgen/">First Generation Student Group</a> and <a href= "https://ischoolblogs.sjsu.edu/vcara/">VCARA</a>. Over the course of the presentation each organization had the opportunity to introduce themselves, talk about the benefits and responsibilities of student group involvement, and connect with potential new members. Read on for a lightning round introduction to these award-winning organizations. (You can also view <a href= "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvY4VCJRf1g">the entire presentation</a> on the ALA student chapter’s <a href= "https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8WuFu0Mo3TGLiLdiQjyb6w">YouTube channel</a>).&nbsp; </p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-related-content"><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-site-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/student-groups">Student Groups</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/canvas-joining-student-groups"> Canvas Tutorial: Joining Student Groups Through the iSchool Advising and Administration Canvas Portal</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/why-join-student-group" target="_blank">read more</a></p> iStudent Blog iStudent Blog Home: Spotlight iStudent Blog: iSchool 101 iStudent Blog: Student Groups Thu, 16 Sep 2021 21:39:00 +0000 Leslie Parry 6867 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu The SJSU Writing Center: An iSchool Student’s Secret Weapon https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/sjsu-writing-center-ischool-students-secret-weapon-0 <p> <strong>Published:</strong> September 2, 2021 by Leslie Parry </p> <p> Fall semester is finally here! Whether you’re just beginning INFO 200, preparing your e-Portfolio, or simply trying to recover your student brain after summer vacation, you’ll likely be tackling some major assignments in the coming months (or – gulp – weeks). Need help with a research paper? Want a refresher on citations or abstracts? Can’t be sure whether to use “who” or “whom”? <a href= "https://www.sjsu.edu/writingcenter/">The San José State University Writing Center</a> offers a host of excellent free services –&nbsp;and a number are designed specifically for graduate students. From tutoring to live-chat sessions, how-to videos and&nbsp;handouts, the Writing Center can help you navigate the complexities of academic writing (or just master the nuts and bolts). Writing skills will be an asset in school and beyond, so there’s never a wrong time to reach out. I spoke with <a href= "https://www.sjsu.edu/writingcenter/about-us/meet-our-team/faculty-and-staff.php"> Michelle Hager,</a> Director of the SJSU Writing Center, about the most useful resources for <a href="/">School of Information</a> students. </p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-related-content"><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-site-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/career-blog/write-job-strengthen-workplace-writing-skills-sjsu-writing-center">Write for the Job? Strengthen Workplace Writing Skills with the SJSU Writing Center</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/writing-resources-students">Writing Resources for Students</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/sjsu-writing-center-ischool-students-secret-weapon-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> iStudent Blog iStudent Blog: Advising iStudent Blog Home: Spotlight iStudent Blog: iSchool 101 iStudent Blog: Online Learning Wed, 25 Aug 2021 21:37:00 +0000 Leslie Parry 6829 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu MLIS Career Pathways: A Look at Information Intermediation and Instruction https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/mlis-career-pathways-look-information-intermediation-and-instruction <p> <strong>Published:</strong> August 12, 2021 by Leslie Parry </p> <p> If you haven’t yet attended a session, be sure to check out the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJmG83VTxYY">iSchool Student Services Lunch and Learn</a> webinar series. These virtual chats, held live over Zoom, give students a chance to interact with the Student Services team, ask the faculty burning questions, and learn more about opportunities for success at the <a href="https://sjsu.edu/">San José State University</a> <a href="/">School of Information</a>. Of particular note are the webinars exploring different <a href="/mlis-career-pathways">MLIS career pathways</a>. Most recently&nbsp;the featured pathway was <a href="/information-intermediation">Information Intermediation and Instruction</a>. Panelists included faculty members <a href= "https://ischoolapps.sjsu.edu/facultypages/view.php?fac=aguinagaj"> Dr. José Aguiñaga</a>, <a href= "https://ischoolapps.sjsu.edu/facultypages/view.php?fac=luol">Dr. Lili Luo</a>, and Director of Online Learning <a href= "/post/bethany-winslow">Bethany Winslow</a>. As <a href= "/post/sheila-gurtu">Sheila Gurtu</a>, the webcast host and Student Outreach Specialist, explains, this pathway prepares students for careers in reference services, instructional design and related information settings. Among the topics discussed were essential skills, recommended coursework and potential professions. Read on for highlights from this excellent discussion. </p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-related-content"><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-site-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/information-intermediation">Information Intermediation and Instruction -- MLIS Career Pathway</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/webcasts/lunch-and-learn-workshop-information-intermediation-and-instruction-mlis-pathway">Lunch and Learn Workshop: Information Intermediation and Instruction MLIS Pathway</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/mlis-career-pathways-look-information-intermediation-and-instruction" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/mlis-career-pathways-look-information-intermediation-and-instruction#comments iStudent Blog iStudent Blog: Careers iStudent Blog iStudent Blog: Curriculum Home: Spotlight Thu, 12 Aug 2021 21:03:00 +0000 Leslie Parry 6795 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu Building Your Professional Network as an iSchool Student https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/building-your-professional-network-ischool-student <p> <strong>Published:</strong> July 27, 2021&nbsp;by Leslie Parry </p> <p> <a href="/post/ischool-career-consultant-students-and-alumni">Kim Dority</a>, the iSchool Student and Alumni Career Advisor, recently gave an insightful presentation about an essential (if occasionally dreaded) topic: “<a href= "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRmdO8ToXpk">How to Build Your Professional Network (Without Feeling Weird About It)</a>.” To some people, the idea of networking can be exciting and invigorating; to others, awkward and stressful. No matter if you’re an extrovert or an introvert, a graduate student or a seasoned librarian, network-building is core to the profession. But don’t let your anxiety get the better of you. As Dority describes, it’s not about schmoozing or having transactional, superficial relationships; it is about growth, connection, and helping your colleagues and friends. “Building a valuable, sustainable network is a long-term play that involves creating genuine relationships of mutual benefit,” she says. </p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-related-content"><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-site-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/career-blog/networking-and-your-personal-style">Networking and Your Personal Style</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/career-blog/networking-asking-right-questions">Networking -- Asking the Right Questions</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/building-your-professional-network-ischool-student" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/building-your-professional-network-ischool-student#comments iStudent Blog iStudent Blog: Careers iStudent Blog iStudent Blog: Community and Engagement Wed, 07 Jul 2021 21:31:00 +0000 Leslie Parry 6767 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu New Graduates Reflect on Their Time in the iSchool https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/new-graduates-reflect-their-time-ischool <p> <strong>Published:</strong> June 14, 2021 by Leslie Parry </p> <p> Congratulations to the Class of 2021! A virtual convocation was held to honor the&nbsp;<a href="/">School of Information</a>’s newest graduates. The recorded event, which can be viewed <a href="https://sjsu.zoom.us/rec/play/BFqQQHUpES22dXwYgQPfQSSTqQqfKi_BL4u-SjEUjP4XFQY-l6DonXdYiVH3b7xn0Vi6ZJmQL_nWdIHU.CiNlDlB2bcrmc3UB?startTime=1621555061000&amp;_x_zm_rtaid=LcLIV4UsSMexMtKZj0W6BQ.1623094280277.9691fc00f2835b5a8e9b8986935dcf86&amp;_x_zm_rhtaid=351"> here</a>,&nbsp;featured excellent speeches by <a href= "https://ischoolapps.sjsu.edu/facultypages/view.php?fac=fairesd">Debbie Faires</a>, recipient of the 2021 Distinguished Service Award, <a href= "https://ischoolapps.sjsu.edu/facultypages/view.php?fac=franksp">Dr. Patricia Franks</a>, recipient of the 2021 Outstanding Professor Award, and <a href= "http://ischoolconvocation.sjsu.edu/speaker/student-speaker">Samantha Hamilton</a>, recipient of the <a href= "/news/haycock-award-winner-combines-librarianship-sustainability"> 2021 Haycock Award</a>, who spoke eloquently about the intersection of information science and environmental sustainability. </p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-related-content"><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-site-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/news/haycock-award-winner-combines-librarianship-sustainability">Haycock Award Winner Combines Librarianship with Sustainability</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/istudent-blog/ischool-alumni-e-portfolio-what-i-wish-i-had-known">iSchool Alumni on the e-Portfolio: What I Wish I Had Known</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/new-graduates-reflect-their-time-ischool" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/new-graduates-reflect-their-time-ischool#comments iStudent Blog iStudent Blog Home: Spotlight iStudent Blog: iSchool 101 Sat, 12 Jun 2021 00:25:00 +0000 Leslie Parry 6751 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu Get a Jump-Start With Summer Opportunities https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/get-jump-start-summer-opportunities <p> <strong>Published:</strong> May 26, 2021 by Leslie Parry </p> <p> The end of the semester is here! For months we’ve been rearranging our lives and work around the pandemic, keeping up with our studies, and waiting for the light at the end of the tunnel. Now it’s time to take a break and celebrate! For those who are looking to keep up momentum during the summer, there are plenty of ways to stay engaged. From summer classes to networking opportunities to simply getting organized, here are ideas for enhancing your iSchool experience over summer break. </p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-related-content"><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-site-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/career-blog/your-career-development-resources">Your Career Development Resources</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/career-blog/join-student-chapters-professional-organizations-expand-your-network">Join Student Chapters of Professional Organizations to Expand Your Network</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/get-jump-start-summer-opportunities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/get-jump-start-summer-opportunities#comments iStudent Blog iStudent Blog iStudent Blog: Community and Engagement iStudent Blog: e-Portfolio Home: Spotlight iStudent Blog: Online Learning iStudent Blog: Professional Development iStudent Blog: Student Groups Wed, 26 May 2021 16:11:00 +0000 Leslie Parry 6723 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu WISE Up!: The Lowdown on Taking Classes Outside SJSU https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/wise-lowdown-taking-classes-outside-sjsu <p> <strong>Published:</strong> May 20, 2021 by Leslie Parry </p> <p> Students at the <a href="https://sjsu.edu/">San José State University</a> <a href="/">School of Information</a> have a&nbsp;unique opportunity to take classes at other ALA-accredited institutions through <a href="/wise">WISE</a> (Web-based Information Science Education), The WISE consortium is made up of twelve colleges and universities, who offer remote, for-credit classes to students of member schools. Want to take Social Justice in Youth Literature at the&nbsp;<a href= "https://ischool.illinois.edu/">University of Illinois</a>? Games in Libraries at <a href= "https://www.qc.cuny.edu/academics/degrees/dss/gslis/Pages/homepage.aspx"> Queens College</a>? iSchool students who have met the prerequisites can enroll in a WISE class by completing the <a href="/pod/wise-request-form">Course Request Application form</a> and registering for <a href= "/info-298-special-studies">INFO 298</a>. I spoke with <a href= "https://ischoolapps.sjsu.edu/facultypages/view.php?fac=fairesd">Debbie Faires</a>, Director of Online Learning, about the benefits of this notable program.&nbsp; </p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-related-content"><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-site-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/istudent-blog/wise-way-maximize-your-ischool-experience">The WISE Way to Maximize Your iSchool Experience</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/ciri-blog/interview-ischool-director-online-learning-debbie-faires">Interview with iSchool Director of Online Learning Debbie Faires</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/wise-lowdown-taking-classes-outside-sjsu" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/wise-lowdown-taking-classes-outside-sjsu#comments iStudent Blog iStudent Blog iStudent Blog: Curriculum iStudent Blog: Online Learning Thu, 20 May 2021 16:25:00 +0000 Leslie Parry 6694 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu Earning a Digital Assets Certificate as a Master’s Student https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/earning-digital-assets-certificate-masters-student <p> <strong>Published:</strong> May 4, 2021&nbsp;by Leslie Parry </p> <p> If you’re enrolled in the <a href= "/master-library-and-information-science">MLIS</a> or <a href= "/master-archives-and-records-administration">MARA</a> program at <a href="https://sjsu.edu/">San José State University,</a> you have the opportunity to earn an <a href= "/dac-pathways-and-courses">Advanced Certificate in Strategic Management of Digital Assets and Services</a> in addition to your master’s degree. Best of all, you can complete the coursework at no additional cost and without extending your time in graduate school. Three different certificate pathways are available, and the nine required units can all be drawn from Special Session electives.&nbsp; </p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-related-content"><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-site-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/dac-program-requirements-current-masters-students">Digital Assets Certificate Program Requirements for Current Master&#039;s Students</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/webcasts/lunch-and-learn-workshop-digital-assets-certificate-q-and-faculty-data-science-dig-curation">Lunch and Learn Workshop: Digital Assets Certificate / Q and A with Faculty from Data Science / Dig. Curation / Dig. Services / Emerg. Tech. Pathways</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/earning-digital-assets-certificate-masters-student" target="_blank">read more</a></p> iStudent Blog iStudent Blog iStudent Blog: Curriculum Tue, 04 May 2021 13:58:00 +0000 Leslie Parry 6673 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu iSchool Alumni on the e-Portfolio: What I Wish I Had Known https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/ischool-alumni-e-portfolio-what-i-wish-i-had-known <p> <strong>Published:</strong> April 13, 2021 by Leslie Parry </p> <p> Three recent graduates of the <a href="https://sjsu.edu/">San José State University</a> <a href="/">School of Information</a> joined the <a href= "https://ischoolgroups.sjsu.edu/asistsc/">ASIS&amp;T Student Chapter</a> to discuss “<a href= "https://ischoolgroups.sjsu.edu/asistsc/join-us-for-what-i-wish-i-had-known/">What I Wish I Had Known</a>.” Now that they’re entering or established in the workforce, the alumni shared their wisdom with current iSchool students, discussing everything from course work to career paths. One of the main topics of conversation, unsurprisingly, was the <a href= "/info-289-e-portfolio-handbook">e-Portfolio</a>. While the alumni stressed three major points – plan ahead, don’t procrastinate, and get peer support – they also delved into the finer details. Below is their expert advice for tackling the biggest project in graduate school.&nbsp; </p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-related-content"><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-site-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/istudent-blog/e-portfolio-myths-and-truths">The e-Portfolio: Myths and Truths </a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/istudent-blog/great-way-get-further-involved-ischool-asist-student-chapter">A Great Way to Get Further Involved in the iSchool—the ASIS&amp;T Student Chapter</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/ischool-alumni-e-portfolio-what-i-wish-i-had-known" target="_blank">read more</a></p> iStudent Blog iStudent Blog iStudent Blog: e-Portfolio Home: Spotlight iStudent Blog: Student Groups Tue, 13 Apr 2021 10:59:00 +0000 Leslie Parry 6652 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu The Art of Self-Promotion https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/art-self-promotion <p> <strong>Published:</strong> March 31, 2021 by Leslie Parry </p> <p> Networking and self-promotion can be challenging enough in a regular environment, but how do you excel at either during a pandemic? How can you make yourself indispensable during a time of unrelenting change? At a recent event hosted by the <a href= "https://ischoolgroups.sjsu.edu/slasc/">Special Libraries Association student chapter</a>, <a href="/">School of Information</a> alumna <a href= "http://linkedin.com/in/tessmccarthy">Tess McCarthy</a> (MLIS ’12) explained how students can use this unprecedented time to their advantage. As a digital asset management systems librarian and self-described career transitionist, McCarthy shared her own professional trajectory, including the many ways she had to get creative in&nbsp;the COVID era. Here are her methods for&nbsp;positioning yourself well for professional advancement, even during quarantine. </p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-related-content"><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-site-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/career-blog/how-nail-interview-question-tell-me-about-yourself">How to Nail the Interview Question &quot;Tell Me About Yourself&quot;</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/alumni/tess-mccarthy">Tess McCarthy</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/art-self-promotion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/art-self-promotion#comments iStudent Blog iStudent Blog iStudent Blog: Professional Development Fri, 19 Mar 2021 14:53:00 +0000 Leslie Parry 6598 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu “Ask Me Anything” with Dr. Linda Main https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/ask-me-anything-dr-linda-main <p> <strong>Published:</strong> March 15, 2021 by Leslie Parry </p> <p> <a href= "https://ischoolapps.sjsu.edu/facultypages/view.php?fac=mainl">Dr. Linda Main</a>, interim director of the <a href= "https://sjsu.edu/">San José State University</a> <a href= "/">School of Information,</a> met with iSchool students earlier this month for an insightful “Ask Me Anything” session. These regular, informal meetups give students a chance to chat with the director and ask about anything from career paths to iSchool resources to the LIS world at large. Below are just a few of the questions Dr. Main fielded. To view the full Q&amp;A, <a href= "https://sjsu.zoom.us/rec/share/QB3NG4Myd9K8oc0shD62YmAbzRRUHtMJDclXFbxHvHh3lFJ8qSJbYMfrJl7Ke-Jc.9FsQgphrMXB7noJ8"> click here</a>. </p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-related-content"><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-site-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/post/dr-linda-main">Dr. Linda Main</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/istudent-blog/virtual-internships-tips-students-and-stories-alumni-success">Virtual Internships -- Tips for Students and Stories of Alumni Success</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/ask-me-anything-dr-linda-main" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/ask-me-anything-dr-linda-main#comments iStudent Blog iStudent Blog: Advising iStudent Blog iStudent Blog: Community and Engagement Home: Spotlight iStudent Blog: iSchool 101 Mon, 15 Mar 2021 12:56:00 +0000 Leslie Parry 6624 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu Tips for Staying Focused and Managing Your Time https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/tips-staying-focused-and-managing-your-time <p> <strong>Published:</strong> February 28, 2021 by Leslie Parry </p> <p> While many of us may be finding it difficult to concentrate during&nbsp;this unprecedented time, graduate school remains a positive outlet for our intellectual and creative energies. The <a href="/">School of Information</a> offers so&nbsp;many opportunities to apply our talents, strengthen our resolve and plan for a better future. So how&nbsp;do we put one foot in front of the other and keep distraction and procrastination at bay? Below are some resources, from academic assistance to&nbsp;online learning tools, that can help students stay disciplined and continue to flourish in a remote environment.&nbsp; </p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-related-content"><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-site-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/student-advising">Student Advising</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/academic-support">Academic Support</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/tips-staying-focused-and-managing-your-time" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/tips-staying-focused-and-managing-your-time#comments iStudent Blog iStudent Blog Home: Spotlight iStudent Blog: iSchool 101 iStudent Blog: Online Learning Sun, 28 Feb 2021 20:50:00 +0000 Leslie Parry 6551 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu 10 Ways to Build Career Opportunities as a Student https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/10-ways-build-career-opportunities-student <p> <strong>Published:</strong> February 7, 2021&nbsp;by Leslie Parry </p> <p> Last semester the <a href="https://sjsu.edu/">San José State University</a> <a href= "https://ischoolgroups.sjsu.edu/slasc/">Special Libraries Association student chapter</a> presented “<a href= "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7xeUfrGeiI&amp;feature=emb_logo">Building Career Opportunities in Graduate School</a>,” a program featuring <a href="/post/ischool-career-consultant-students-and-alumni">Kim Dority</a>, career advisor at the <a href="/">School of Information</a>. Dority, who is also the founder and president of <a href="http://www.dorityassociates.com/">Dority & Associates</a>, an information strategy and content development company, gave a generous and insightful presentation about the ways in which iSchool students can start preparing for their future professions now. From keeping a journal to engaging professionals to practicing small talk, she says even small actions can make a big difference. It takes some planning, initiative and resourcefulness, but maximizing your time in graduate school will pay off in the end. Below are Dority’s top 10 tips for building career opportunities as an iSchool student. </p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-related-content"><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-site-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/career-blog">Career Blog</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/sjsu-career-center">SJSU Career Center</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/10-ways-build-career-opportunities-student" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/10-ways-build-career-opportunities-student#comments iStudent Blog iStudent Blog: Careers iStudent Blog iStudent Blog: Professional Development Sun, 07 Feb 2021 21:32:00 +0000 Leslie Parry 6552 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu Making the Most of the King Library Resources https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/making-most-king-library-resources <p> <strong>Published:</strong> January 29, 2021 by Leslie Parry </p> <p> Whether you’re just beginning <a href= "/info-203-online-learning">INFO 203</a> or conducting intensive research for a seminar, the <a href= "https://library.sjsu.edu/">Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library</a> at <a href="https://sjsu.edu/">San José State University</a> has the resources to help you succeed. It’s true that in an online program you may never get a chance to walk through the library doors, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of everything it offers. From one-on-one research support to specialized subject guides, students at the <a href= "/">School of Information</a> have access to a breadth of tools and services that are designed to support virtual learning. I spoke with <a href= "https://libguides.sjsu.edu/prf.php?account_id=170021">Gareth Scott</a>, library liaison, about the King Library resources he recommends most for iSchool students. </p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-related-content"><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-site-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/news/king-library-liaisons-assist-ischool-students-and-faculty">King Library Liaisons Assist iSchool Students and Faculty</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/king-library-resources">King Library Resources</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/making-most-king-library-resources" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/making-most-king-library-resources#comments iStudent Blog iStudent Blog Home: Spotlight iStudent Blog: iSchool 101 iStudent Blog: Online Learning Thu, 28 Jan 2021 15:28:00 +0000 Leslie Parry 6519 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu Finding Hope and Gratitude in a Difficult Year https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/finding-hope-and-gratitude-difficult-year <p> <strong>Published:</strong> January 4, 2021&nbsp;by Leslie Parry </p> <p> As I welcome a new year, I&nbsp;find myself a bit shell-shocked reflecting back on 2020. When 2020 began, I did not anticipate that I would spend most of the year sequestered at home with two squirrelly preschoolers, trying to juggle family, school&nbsp;and work in the same space, adapting to new routines and mourning old ones. Honestly, I felt 2020 was more about enduring rather than achieving. But my iSchool classes served as a kind of oasis during this time — a chance to connect with other minds, ponder the current role of information in society&nbsp;and focus my attention on meaningful work. While it’s been a challenge to find joy under the combined stresses of the pandemic and the election, as we enter into a new year,&nbsp;I’m also filled with gratitude that I simply made it through. So I asked fellow students at the <a href="https://sjsu.edu/">San José State University</a> <a href="/">School of Information</a>: What did you become grateful for during 2020? What gives you hope in 2021? Here are what our fellow peers shared:&nbsp; </p><p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/finding-hope-and-gratitude-difficult-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/finding-hope-and-gratitude-difficult-year#comments iStudent Blog iStudent Blog Mon, 04 Jan 2021 17:27:00 +0000 Leslie Parry 6511 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu How to Find a Mentor in Graduate School https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/how-find-mentor-graduate-school <p> <strong>Published:</strong> November 30, 2020 by Leslie Parry </p> <p> Enrolling in the <a href="https://sjsu.edu/">San José State University</a> <a href="/">School of Information</a> is both a thrilling step and a daunting one. With so many pathways possible&nbsp;in the information science field – and any number of courses and specialties to choose from – how can you be sure you’re making the best decisions for your future career? Who&nbsp;can you turn to with your&nbsp;carefully considered ideas and random, panicked questions? Luckily, no matter your needs or interests, the iSchool can help you find a mentor. Whether they’re seasoned professionals, recent alumni or even senior students, mentors can offer anything from academic recommendations to career advice; they can suggest networking opportunities as well as skills to hone for your résumé. No matter if it’s a formal mentorship sponsored by a&nbsp;professional association or a more informal connection made through the iSchool – having a mentor is critical to professional growth. To find a mentorship opportunity that’s right for you, check out the resources below. </p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-related-content"><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-site-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/quick-link/advising-toolkit">Advising Toolkit</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/istudent-blog/peer-mentorship-opportunity-strengthen-information-and-communication-skills">Peer Mentorship: An Opportunity to Strengthen Information and Communication Skills </a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/how-find-mentor-graduate-school" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/how-find-mentor-graduate-school#comments iStudent Blog iStudent Blog: Advising iStudent Blog Home: Spotlight Mon, 30 Nov 2020 13:46:00 +0000 Leslie Parry 6474 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu Spotlight on: REFORMA Student & Alumni Group https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/spotlight-reforma-student-alumni-group <p> <strong>Published:</strong> November 16, 2020 by Leslie Parry </p> <p> The newest student group at the San José State University <a href="/">School of Information</a>, <a href= "https://ischoolgroups.sjsu.edu/reforma/">REFORMA Student & Alumni Group</a>, is only a few months old but already boasts a strong membership base, a busy event calendar and a vibrant presence in the iSchool community. The brainchild of Assistant Professor <a href= "https://ischoolapps.sjsu.edu/facultypages/view.php?fac=villagranm"> Dr. Michele Villagran</a>, who serves as faculty advisor, the group seeks to connect students and graduates who are interested in working with Latinx and Spanish-speaking communities. Drawing on resources from the national REFORMA association as well as from local REFORMA chapters, the Student & Alumni Group is focused on building a supportive community and positioning students to be well-connected, culturally competent professionals upon graduation. MLIS student <a href= "https://ischoolgroups.sjsu.edu/reforma/?page_id=151">Rosa Rodriguez</a>, who serves as president, highlights the group’s unique initiatives and opportunities. </p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-related-content"><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-site-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/news/new-reforma-student-group-connects-students-and-professionals-serving-spanish-speaking-and">New REFORMA Student Group Connects Students and Professionals Serving Spanish-speaking and Latino Communities </a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/spotlight-reforma-student-alumni-group" target="_blank">read more</a></p> iStudent Blog iStudent Blog iStudent Blog: Professional Development iStudent Blog: Student Groups Mon, 16 Nov 2020 20:40:00 +0000 Leslie Parry 6460 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu Ask an Archivist: Craig Simpson, MARA Liaison Librarian https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/ask-archivist-craig-simpson-mara-liaison-librarian <p> <strong>Published:</strong> November 9, 2020 by Leslie Parry </p> <p> October was <a href= "https://www2.archivists.org/initiatives/american-archives-month-the-power-of-collaboration/american-archives-month-2020"> American Archives Month</a>, and to celebrate I had the chance to talk to <a href="/speaker/craig-simpson">Craig Simpson</a>, director of <a href= "https://library.sjsu.edu/sjsu-special-collections/sjsu-special-collections-archives"> Special Collections & Archives</a> at <a href= "https://library.sjsu.edu/">Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library</a>&nbsp;and liaison librarian for the <a href= "/master-archives-and-records-administration">Master of Archives and Records Administration&nbsp;</a> (MARA) program. As a certified archivist and SC&amp;A director, he leads all the operations in his department, from reference services to digital projects. As the liaison to the MARA program, he curates <a href= "https://libguides.sjsu.edu/mara">LibGuides</a>, creates <a href= "https://libguides.sjsu.edu/c.php?g=230064&amp;p=7711101">tutorials</a>&nbsp;and assists with research across disciplines. </p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-related-content"><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-site-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/news/king-library-liaisons-assist-ischool-students-and-faculty">King Library Liaisons Assist iSchool Students and Faculty</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/ask-archivist-craig-simpson-mara-liaison-librarian" target="_blank">read more</a></p> iStudent Blog iStudent Blog Home: Spotlight Mon, 09 Nov 2020 04:59:00 +0000 Leslie Parry 6449 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu A Look at the iSchool Advising Toolkit https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/look-ischool-advising-toolkit <p> <strong>Published:</strong> October 25, 2020 by Leslie Parry </p> <p> Of all the resources available to iSchool students, the <a href= "https://ischoolapps.sjsu.edu/advising/toolkit/index.php">advising toolkit</a> is one of the most valuable. No matter where you are in your program, the toolkit can help you plan classes, choose an advisor, track your academic progress and get ready for graduation. With new tools and features just added, it’s worth examining at any (and every!) stage of your iSchool career. You’ll find general information at the top and program-specific links toward the bottom. (You can also click on the <a href= "https://ischoolapps.sjsu.edu/advising/getting-started.php">Getting Started</a> tab to access toolkits related to policies and procedures, career plans, and student wellness and success.)&nbsp; </p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-related-content"><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-site-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/quick-link/advising-toolkit">Advising Toolkit</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/faculty-advisors">Find an MLIS Pathway Advisor</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/istudent-blog/plan-your-e-portfolio-ischools-advising-pages-and-student-success-planner">Plan for Your e-Portfolio with the iSchool&#039;s Advising Pages and Student Success Planner</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/look-ischool-advising-toolkit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/look-ischool-advising-toolkit#comments iStudent Blog iStudent Blog: Advising iStudent Blog Home: Spotlight iStudent Blog: iSchool 101 Thu, 22 Oct 2020 23:25:00 +0000 Leslie Parry 6428 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu Mental Health for iSchool Students https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/mental-health-ischool-students <p> <strong>Published:</strong> October 18, 2020 by Leslie Parry </p> <p> The pandemic drags on, wildfires are burning and a high-stakes election looms. Meanwhile iSchool students are working hard to meet everyday challenges, balancing classes with jobs, families and other commitments. As members of the information community, we are likely drawn to systems, service and structure, which can all seem a little tenuous right now. How do we take care of ourselves during a time of anxiety and uncertainty? One valuable, free and currently virtual resource at San José State University is <a href="https://www.sjsu.edu/counseling/">CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services)</a>. CAPS offers a variety of mental health and wellness services, including counseling, support groups, workshops and referrals. I asked <a href= "https://www.sjsu.edu/counseling/about/staff/cat-fillmore.php">Cat Fillmore</a>, a faculty counselor and case manager, what resources she recommends for graduate students during this time. </p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-related-content"><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-site-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/istudent-blog/sjsu-ischool-highlights-student-wellness">SJSU iSchool Highlights Student Wellness</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/istudent-blog/sjsu-ischools-new-advising-pages-help-students-customize-their-unique-path-success">SJSU iSchool&#039;s New Advising Pages Help Students Customize Their Unique Path to Success</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/mental-health-ischool-students" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/mental-health-ischool-students#comments iStudent Blog iStudent Blog: Advising iStudent Blog Mon, 19 Oct 2020 00:16:00 +0000 Leslie Parry 6397 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu