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iSchool Best Practices with Vicki Steiner

Published: February 5, 2019 by Havilah Steinman

The first few weeks of the semester are crucial to gear up for what’s ahead in your classes. Whether you’re a new student taking one core class or a continuing student with a couple semesters under your belt, these words of wisdom from Vicki Steiner are sure to help you get prepared! Steiner is not just a faculty advisor and lecturer here at the iSchool, she is also an alumni and completed her MLIS in 2010! I have shared our conversation regarding iSchool best practices with you below. 

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Tips for iSchool Success from New Student Orientation

Published: January 22, 2019 by Havilah Steinman

Can you believe the new semester begins on January 24th? On January 14th, over 80 students gathered to participate in a New Student Orientation and prepare for the start of classes. A full scope of material was presented, which was helpful for incoming students as well as for all of us students continuing our program. Here I share some highlights I gleaned from the orientation that I hope will be useful to you!

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Key Takeaways From the Fall 2018 Director’s Forum

Published: October 29, 2018 by Priscilla Ameneyro

Five p.m. is a little late for me to have coffee, so I brewed myself a herbal tea and sat down at the computer for the last virtual coffee chat of my iSchool career. Every semester, Dr. Sandra Hirsh, professor and director at the School of Information, hosts an informal coffee chat via Zoom to provide news and updates, as well as connect with current students and answer their questions. If you missed this semester’s forum, read on for some of the key points. You can also watch the full recording here

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20 Signs You’re an iSchool Student

Published: Monday, September 17, 2018 by Priscilla Ameneyro

The hard work of this semester has only just begun, so I thought I’d keep it light this week with a post about being a student at the SJSU School of Information. I’m sure you’ll relate to a few of these signs from my list and hopefully chuckle at a couple of them too! If you’re a new student or thinking about applying to the iSchool, here’s a little preview of what’s in store.

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New To iSchool? Gain Peer-to-peer Insight On Best Practices Here!

Published: Monday, August 27, 2018 by Priscilla Ameneyro

Welcome to the SJSU School of Information! Fall semester has just begun, so there’s no better time to create a success plan. As a student who is almost at the end of her program, I’m going to share some best practices and resources for new (and returning) students that helped me along the way. In this article, I’ll walk you through my recommendations for making the most of your iSchool experience from day one. 

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New Tool: Find An Elective Without A Core Course Prerequisite

Published: August 20, 2018 by Priscilla Ameneyro

You should already be familiar with the suite of tools available to help you develop your focused plan as part of the Advising Toolkit, including the Unit Planning Tool and MLIS Course Tracker. These tools can help make your life easier as you plan each semester towards completing your degree. With a wealth of classes to choose from and multiple career pathways, it can sometimes be overwhelming to narrow down your class decisions, not to mention checking if the class is intensive, how many units it is and whether or not there are prerequisites. Luckily, a new tool has been developed to save you time when trying to figure out which advanced classes you can take, based on what core courses you still need to complete

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Unexpected Benefits Of An MLIS Degree

Published: August 13, 2018 by Priscilla Ameneyro

From backyard projects to beefing up your resume, we’re going to talk about the less conventional benefits of your future degree. I hope this blog post gives you the confidence to transfer the skills you develop in school to your next job application or venture into uncharted territory. At the very least, this article should make you proud of your personal development every day you work towards your MLIS or MARA degree.

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The Lives Of Three Phd Students – Is A PhD Right For Me?

Published: July 2, 2018 by Priscilla Ameneyro

As my final semester at SJSU rapidly approaches, I’m starting to look for jobs and also research PhD programs. There are two main reasons I’m considering a PhD: the increasingly competitive job market and as a lifelong learner, more school sounds fun! I had the opportunity to speak with three of San José Gateway PhD Program’s current students. The San José Gateway PhD program is an international doctoral program currently offered in partnership with the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). If you’re interested in more information on the program itself, I recommend visiting the FAQs page or filling out an information request form. For this article, I wanted to focus on the personal journeys of the three PhD students I interviewed:

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Survival Tips For The End Of The Semester

Published: June 13, 2018

We’ve almost reached the end of fall 2017. Everybody’s busy trying to meet deadlines and wrap up their classes. It can be hard to look forward to the holidays when all you can think about is that final paper you need to get done. Hang in there, the finish line is so close you can almost touch it! Here’s my advice for keeping your head straight while you tackle those final assignments, as well as start getting prepared for the holiday season.

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Save Money Going To School Online

Published: Monday, April 30, 2018 by Priscilla Ameneyro

Before the iSchool, I had no experience taking classes online. I was a little apprehensive at first, but now I wouldn’t trade it for anything. There are so many advantages to being a virtual student. One that might not seem obvious right away is the financial benefit. With the rising cost of tuition and the burden of student loans, applying to an exclusively online program like those offered by the SJSU School of Information, is a smart move.

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Meet Your Faculty Advisors

Published: March 26, 2018

New welcome videos help you choose the right faculty advisor for you.

istudent_facultyadvisors.pngYou’re bound to have questions as you navigate through your program at the School of Information. Thankfully, the iSchool has plenty of resources to help you along the way. One of those is the faculty advisor team, who are available to answer your questions about course selections and career pathways based on their areas of expertise. Now you can watch a quick one to two minute welcome video to get to know each advisor and determine the right person to reach out to for assistance. With 50 advisors to choose from, you are sure to find your perfect match.

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Top Writing Tips

Puistudent_blog_writing.pngblished: February 20, 2018

Improve your papers with these top tips from the School of Information Student Research Journal editorial team.

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Getting Good Grades

xmas_good_grades.jpgPublished: December 27, 2017

Disappointed with your grades? Get advice from your peers and professors for boosting your GPA.

For those of you who completed your SOTEs evaluations on time, you can access your final grades for fall now. If not, you’ll have access starting December 30th.

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Student Discounts To Take Advantage Of This Shopping Season

Published: November 27, 2017 by Priscilla Ameneyro

If you’ve already completed your holiday shopping and scored some major deals during the madness of Black Friday, I salute you. If you’re like me, you’ve planned out what you want to get but you haven’t actually bought it yet. Then there’s the third type of shopper: the leave it to the last minute and hope for the best kind. Whatever your style, I’ve compiled a list of awesome discounts that are available for students, from retail stores to saving money on your monthly cell-phone bill, it pays to have a .edu email address.

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ASIS&T Student Chapter Welcomes New Membership Director

Published: November 13, 2017

A conversation with SJSU ASIS&T Student Chapter’s newest executive committee member, MLIS student Lauren Frazier.

lauren_frazier_100x100.jpgPlease join me in congratulating MLIS student Lauren Frazier on her new appointment as the Membership Director for SJSU’s ASIS&T Student Chapter! I chatted with Lauren to get to know her, find out more about ASIS&T and her plans for her new role.

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Best Place to Study

Published: October 3, 2017 by Priscilla Ameneyro

You’ll spend countless hours studying for your degree, so you might as well study somewhere that you’re comfortable and will allow you to get the most out of your time. Armed with a laptop and my powers of observation, I set out to discover the best place to study. I also spoke to several of my iSchool classmates in INFO 244 about where they like to study and what their ideal study environment looks like.  Here’s what I found out:

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Thoughts and Inspiration on Work and Life: A Chat with iSchool Director Sandy Hirsh

Published: August 13, 2017

Well folks, it’s down to my penultimate post here at the SJSU School of Information’s iStudent Blog and I’ve been reflecting a lot about my six years at the iSchool and the last three as the lead writer for this blog. I wanted to share some of my thoughts and reflections with someone who gets it: iSchool Director Sandy Hirsh.