Presented on 11-9-2021
Basia Delawska-Elliott is a Health Sciences Education and Research Librarian at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR. She serves as an engagement librarian for educational, research, and clinical units at the University. Before starting at OHSU, Basia worked as a medical librarian at Providence Health & Services, one of the largest health systems in the country. Basia serves on the American Academy of Pediatrics Library Board. She is active in the Medical Library Association and the Pacific Northwest Chapter/MLA, and a senior member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals. Basia was one of the 4 founders of the revived SJSU SLASC.
Presented on 10-5-2021
Always taking a holistic approach to information science, Tess (she/her/they/them) sees herself as a career transitionist, one who can shape-shift roles into a meaningful career that’s flexible & seemingly impervious to life’s challenges. Please join us to discuss how to guide a career transition, get your foot in the door of LIS careers, and complete the e-Portfolio!
Presented on 9-12-2021
The talk, “Finding Joy Again” will be a presentation on how librarians keep returning to the idea of “taking care” as we move into a post-pandemic world. After taking care of ourselves, our families and friends, and others in the world, we return to tending to the needs of our users: offering a safe space for every person who comes through our doors to learn and grow, designing welcoming spaces for folks to come together to collaborate and exchange ideas, creating thriving digital communities, and providing participatory services to promote learning and well-being. What we want for everyone we serve is Joy. We want our users to experience joy. That’s what the library should be about: the joy of learning; the joy of exploring, the joy of experience, and the joy of simply being immersed in an amazing story. This session will engage with participants around these concepts and get us all thinking about what it means to offer joyful library services.
Christina Taylor Gibson, Maureen Brunsdale, and Courtney "Jet" Jacobs
Presented on 4-12-2021
This special event hosted by the SLA Student Chapter featured a presentation by Christina Taylor Gibson on Merle Evans and Circus Music from the Special Collections in Performing Arts at the University of Maryland, a presentation by Maureen Brunsdale on the Circus & Allied Arts Collection at Illinois State University, a presentation by Courtney "Jet" Jacobs on the digital collections of UCLA, and an aerial silks performance by SLA Student Chapter member Allison Chase Williams.
Presented on 3-1-2021
Megan Jones is the Curator of the Sonoma County Wine Library and was appointed to the position in July 2017. Raised in Napa, her past experience includes Research Librarian at the Napa County Historical Society, Program & Marketing at St. Helena Public Library, and in addition spent time working with the Napa Valley Wine Library Collection. Megan holds a master's degree in library and information science from San Jose State University with a focus on Management, Digitization and Preservation of Cultural Heritage and Records. She received her bachelor's in history from the University of California, San Diego.
Presented on 2-8-2021
Tess McCarthy is a Career Transitionist—essentially one who can shape-shift roles into a meaningful career that’s flexible & seemingly impervious to life’s challenges. Her current title is Digital Asset Management Systems Librarian and taxonomy consultant to Walmart eCommerce. This talk, “Shameless self-promotion: selling yourself during pandemic times,” is a presentation on how she got a job she loves during an epically challenging point last year when the crisis hit the Bay Area. She’ll discuss strategy used, transferable skills, job prospects in the market today for information workers & what shameless self-promoting really is about—and it’s not what you think it is!
Presented on 11-16-2020
Kim Dority shares insight and advice on how to use your time in Graduate School to help build career opportunities.
Presented on 10-12-2020
Judith Jordet talks with the SJSU SLASC about using data driven management in her work with the Department of Corrections as a Library Coordinator, and how it can be used to help in working with any Special Library within a mission-driven entity (such as Hospital, Church, or Corporations).
Presented on 9-28-2020
JonLuc Christensen talks to the SJSU SLASC about the fundamentals of Records Management and Archiving to understand the areas of overlap between the two fields. Using these fields as examples, the presentation is developed to be broad enough to apply to any subfield or workplace of the library or information profession. Christensen also discusses the value of professional development and his own personal path of professional growth.
Presented on 11-24-2019
SJSU Associate Professor Michael Stevens talks with us about the importance of compassionate librarianship and the emotion-based soft skills important to a successful career in libraries.
Karen Pfeffer, Amanda Castro, and Linta kunnathuparambil
Presented on 3-26-2019
Join us as we explore the world of museums and art libraries. Learn about the skills and knowledge needed for this exciting area of librarianship. We’ll hear from information professionals who work in art and history museum settings, as they discuss their positions, job responsibilities, educational backgrounds, and career paths.
Presented on 2-28-2019
Please join the SLASC to hear about different career opportunities you can pursue with an MLIS that don’t involve working in libraries. Check out our website or Facebook page for more details, including information about our wonderful panelists. Join us at 6:15 pm PST for a brief social time prior to the program starting. This is an excellent opportunity to virtually meet fellow students and members of the SLASC Executive Committee. The main event will run from 6:30-7:30 pm
Lydia Middleton, Clara Cabrera, Nicole LaMoreaux, and Elena Colón-Marrero
Presented on 11-27-2018
Interested in membership with professional associations such as ALA, ASIS&T, SAA, or SLA, but feel too intimidated by all those acronyms?
Join us for this jointly sponsored event and hear from some of the professionals behind the letters as they discuss what they do, why membership is important, and how you can get involved nationally, regionally, and at SJSU.
Justin Smith, Amy Jankowski, Gabriele Hysong, Paul Barrows, and Anne Hall
Presented on 9-25-2018
Are you curious about where your MLIS can take you after graduation? Join us as we discover a few of the many fantastic libraries you will find in the library world and meet the librarians who work there. Learn how these librarians landed their positions, what their jobs entail day-to-day, and how you can follow in their footsteps. Panelists include librarians from Rolls-Royce, Purina, and more.
Sue Alman, Vicki Steiner, Lisa Daulby, Alyce Scott, JonLuc Christensen, and Amy Nykamp
Presented on 8-28-2018
Have you ever wondered about the career pathways offered by SJSU, and which one might be right for you? Did you know that you have 14 career pathway options to choose from? Please join SLASC to learn about your options and see how your SJSU journey can be tailored to your interests and career goals. We will hear from advisors and students who will offer advice and share their experiences and expertise about the various pathways. This event kicks off an exciting new year of SLASC programming!
Phyllis Graham, Diana Doublet, Mary Vasudeva, Jonathan Christensen, Elena Smith, and Dana Lema
Presented on 5-1-2018
Have you ever wondered what types of libraries you might be able to work in? Did you know that there are many, many options beyond the public or school library? Please join the SLASC for an exploration of different types of special libraries. We will have student and alumni members representing everything from NASA’s library to a music library and beyond, talking about how they got their job, what special skills might be needed (and which classes you might want to take!), and what they do on a daily basis.
SPEAKERS ON THE PANEL INCLUDE:
Dana Lema – King Library, Special Collections
Jonathan Christensen – NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Diana Doublet – Music librarian, Symphony Nova Scotia
Mary Vasudeva – HP Labs
Phyllis Graham – Art librarian, Crocker Art Museum
Anthony Bernier, Rebecca Leung, Heather Kiger, Janice Christen-Whitney, and Mary Vasudeva
Presented on 1-29-2018
Regardless of graduation date, receive helpful advice on creating your e-portfolio, with tips from fellow students currently involved in the process and grads who have completed the process. Insights into writing a thesis instead of an e-portfolio will also be included, making this social hour truly applicable to all students at the iSchool. Please feel free to prepare and raise any questions you may have about the e-port and/or graduation process. We aim to help inform and inspire, in addition to providing a forum to share experiences. It is never too early (or too late!) to begin reviewing the graduation process.
Presented on 11-7-2017
Have you ever been interested in attending an LIS conference to enhance your professional skills and development? For many, conferences present themselves as overwhelming or even intimidating events. Dr. Michael Stephens, Associate Professor at SJSU’s School of Information, will debunk preconceptions and fears about conferences and will illuminate the benefits they offer to information professionals. Receive helpful advice on getting the most out of any conference experience, including whom to talk to and how to make these experiences work in your favor. Hear from those who have attended conferences and their insights on these important professional events.
Since 2010, Dr. Stephens has written the monthly column “Office Hours” for Library Journal exploring the issues, ideas, and emerging trends in libraries and LIS education. For more than ten years, his research has focused on the use of emerging technologies in libraries and technology learning programs. He also maintains a web site, Tame the Web. For over a decade, Dr. Stephens has delivered keynotes, papers, and workshops throughout the US and internationally on topics related to creative and open uses of technology to support and drive library services and learning. In 2016, ALA Editions published five years of the “Office Hours” columns from Library Journal as a book entitled The Heart of Librarianship.
Presented on 10-3-2017
What does it mean to "do" international librarianship? It seems at first glance a huge concept, possibly subsuming every kind of library activity and conversation under it. But, as guest lecturer Melanie Sellar, Librarians Without Borders founder, will explore, a closer examination of the term "international librarianship" (IL) yields a much sharper definition. Given that higher education institutions are increasingly formalizing internationalization into their strategic plans and that LIS programs, like the SJSU School of Information, are responding by encouraging the inclusion of more international perspectives throughout the curriculum, it is useful to look at the who, why, and how of international librarianship. IL is indeed a relatively small field that is not understood well. In order for IL to be studied, practiced, and funded in ways that are appropriate to its potential, this guest lecture will discuss some of its misconceptions, and advocate for more intentional, reciprocal, and reflective applications.
Dana Lema, Swetta Abeyta, Rebecca Leung, Kelley Presley, and Jonathan Christensen
Presented on 8-29-2017
A welcome back to school social and chat from the iSchool Special Library Association. Our “experienced” students and alumnae discussed what they wish they had known when they started the program.