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Tuesday, May 5th, 2009
11:48 pm
Current SJSU MLIS students
 Hello - I'm considering going to SJSU for their distance online program. Reading around on other blogs and forums, I haven't been hearing great things, but some of those posts may have been out of date, so I'd like to know what current students and students who have graduated recently have to say about the program. 

How rigorous is the program? How well do you feel prepared upon graduation? Is the School helpful in finding and placing its students in high-quality and hard-to-get internships? Are they helpful in job placement services upon graduation? I have noticed that do seem to have a rather extensive list of internships on their webpage, but most jobs do seem to be in California; I am also interested in internships in NY and DC (I did see some.). I have also heard that some professors can be hard to get ahold of because they are practicing out in the field. How true is this?

I have been hearing from a variety of librarians that it doesn't really matter where your degree comes from as long as it is ALA-accredited, but I have also heard stories of people feeling an "online stigma" is placed upon them by prospective employers when looking for jobs. Does there seem to be an online stigma?

Also, I noticed there is a special librarianship track. Is anyone in this? What is it like? I ask because I am most interested in news and law librarianship, which bring me to my next questions: any first-hand experience with getting news and law librarianship internships, or any professors/lecturers that are really good in those areas? I know Vicky McCargar is a lecturer and she has extensive experience in news librarianship and seems to be rather well-respected in the field. 

And, lastly, I am in southern CA - do they sometimes have meetings at CSU Fullerton for those of us down here? How often, and how helpful are the people associated with the program down here?

Sorry I have so many questions, but it's just such a big decision (as I'm sure you all know!), so I just want to make sure I'm making as informed a decision as possible. Thank you! 
Wednesday, February 18th, 2009
10:31 pm
SJSU Career Fair Early Bird!
Dear all:
    We stay at LA now and we am gonna attend career fair at San Jose State University.........
    If we want to go in career fair earlier, we need to apply early bird. 
    we already did the workshop online and just need someone to print four confirmation pages online and turn in......
    Is there anyone who can help us out?   HA XD.......
    Thanks a lot!!!!!
Tuesday, October 21st, 2008
1:16 am
SJSU Halloween Party in Second Life
Hi everyone!
If this isnt okay, please let me know and I will go ahead and deleted.

Howdy all!
I'm not sure how many SJSU SLIS students are active on this blog, but I thought you might be interested in joining us for our halloween party in Second Life!

Even if you arent a SJSU SLIS student, if you have a Second Life account, please feel free to join us just to check it all out.

Hope to see you all there!
btw, my Second Life name is Droo String, come find me!
Monday, August 25th, 2008
10:20 pm
Okay...wow. So, looking at books I need for class, and they're a bit pricey. I heard tell of cheap places to get textbooks, but I forgot where to look. Besides Robert's, what is a good place for me to get my textbooks?
Saturday, August 23rd, 2008
12:59 pm
Orientation @ Sjsu?
Anyone else make it to the orientation at Sjsu on Saturday?

I'm here right now. Wearing jeans and a purple button down if anyone else is checking LJ.
Friday, July 18th, 2008
5:59 pm
Application process
I'm finishing up my application for SJSU's MLIS program and I was wondering about the references and statement of purpose.  I know it says on their website that those pieces aren't necessary but would it hurt my application to include them?  I really want to get into the school and I can't imagine that a reference or an explanation of why I want to get the degree would be bad...but I guess it could just add to the probably very large volume of information admissions receives.
Did any of you submit these extra bits?  
Friday, June 27th, 2008
12:13 pm
Question regarding Faculty Advisor
Has anyone ACTUALLY communicated with their advisor?
I sent mine an email last week, and have yet to hear back from them.

I fear that this may be a repeat of some bad experiences I have had with faculty who are reluctant to respond to emails.
Wednesday, June 18th, 2008
9:59 pm
Oh Noes! 2.0
So I got switched into the Regular session from the Special session.

However, I still dont have a registration time. And the newly opened courses are more than 75% full already.

If i dont get into ANY courses...will I be dropped from the program?
Thursday, June 19th, 2008
1:21 am
Oh no!
All the classes I registered for (200, 202, 204) were all full. I'm number 2 on the waiting list for all 3 classes. What now? When do I find out if I'm enrolled or not? How am I supposed to pay for the classes if I'm not enrolled in them. Thanks!
Tuesday, June 17th, 2008
11:10 am
New Student Intro and So Cal Study/Support Group?
Hi, everyone-

This Fall will be my first semester (Special Session) and I am geekily excited about earning my degree already.

I had initially registered for three classes (10 units including 203!) but reluctantly dropped LIBR 204 moments ago. I work 40 hours a week (in the process of moving upwards, so there might be a bit of a mental drain the first few months) and am planning to volunteer at my local library. That should probably be enough to keep me busy, yes?

I'm wondering if anyone wants to start a Southern California study/support group(s.) I posted the same question at a yahoo group and got two responses so far. Two of us are from Pasadena and one from Simi Valley.

I had registered for:

200 - Liu
202 - MacKay
Thursday, June 5th, 2008
10:00 am
Salinas PL hiring 7 new staff members
Hey all!

In the newest ALA email newsletter, there was an article that said that Salinas was hiring 7(!) new staff members in the next three months!

I checked the library site but no updated info. Just posting here in case anyone was looking to get a job and was relatively near Salinas or willing to drive there.
Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008
12:45 pm
Recommend coursework for first semester library student?
Hi all!

I'm a newbie. I'll be starting Regular Session in Fall 2008 and I don't really know where to begin, other than with the required social networking class. Does anyone have any suggestions on what classes would be best to take in the first and second semesters? I am planning on attending full time (online).

I would love to hear from those of you who have already been there, done that, as well as those who are in the same boat as me!

Thank you all.


Current Mood: cheerful
Friday, May 16th, 2008
6:33 pm
New MLIS student questions
Hi, I was just accepted as an MLIS student for Fall 2008. I just had a few questions:

How much can I realistically hope to work while I go to school full time. Is it impossible or just tough, or pretty easy?

What advice do you have about finding work/internships as a librarian while going to school for the degree. The website has "resources and internships" links, but I'm looking for a more personalized answer.

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008
2:13 pm
Hello, a few questions from a new student.
I'll be starting the MLIS program in the Fall. I was looking around online for opinions about the program from recent graduates or current students and I found this place! Even though it isn't so active I hope a couple people might respond : ).

I'm interested in working in an academic library. I read somewhere that SJSU's program caters more to work in public libraries and most grads don't end up working in Academic libraries. Is that true?

I was also wondering if the course load was too difficult or too boring. I could stand too boring, but I sometimes worry if I'm smart enough to do graduate-level courses >_>;. I graduated with a BA in Anthro which was really easy for me so I'm used to writing 5-8 page essays but that's not that great of a skill to have! Before that, I did Linguistics and I kind of failed all my classes even though I tried hard to understand the material : (.

I'd appreciate any help on the matter! I live in Japan now and I'm most likely coming back to San Jose during the summer, but it's nice that with the MLIS program you can take your classes anywhere! I could stay in Japan if I wanted to : ).
Tuesday, February 26th, 2008
4:07 pm
Job hunt!
So, I'll be moving up to San Jose sometime this summer, and I figure now is about the time I'd want to start looking for stuff. Particularly, if I could work in a library, that would be great. I looked at the city website, but there's only one position, and it's senior librarian, so no go. I imagine there must be more positions (particularly entry level) open, I just don't know where to look.

So, help, please? I'll have two years experience as a part-time page when I move, if that helps narrow the field down.

And, also, in the case that I don't get a library job, what would you recommend trying out for in the area, and how? If I'm not in a library, I'd want to get some sort of full time (preferably with health) position, maybe as an assistant, receptionist, or secretary.

I'd like to start applying as soon as possible. I just managed to get a job down here, to make ends meet until I move, and that took over a month.

Also, in some sort of financial connection, I was wondering what my chances at financial aid are? I'll probably have some degree of need (I did a prelim FAFSA, so I wont know my true numbrs until late March), I'm just wondering what other people get. I don't care if I don't get free money, but I'm hoping they at LEAST offer enough loans to cover tuition.

Thanks for the help, everyone. It's going to be an interesting year!
Thursday, September 20th, 2007
9:38 am
Distance Education program MLS
Hi everyone,

I live in Toronto, Canada and I'm considering  applying to SJSU MLS program for Fall 2008.  I'm wondering if anyone can tell me about their experience with the distance education program. 

For instance the workload, handing in assignments or any necessary papers that need to be submitted  to the university because you live in another country.  Finally would you recommend taking this program while living in another country?

Thank you!
Wednesday, August 29th, 2007
7:52 pm
Greetings and Introduction
I am taking this opportunity to introduce myself as this group's new moderator and to find out how many readers we actually have. I am starting my fourth semester at SJSU (Fullerton) and I am planning on completing a track in Archival Studies in another year and a half or so. Currently I work as a library specialist at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in downtown Los Angeles. I have a background in English and Music.

Please comment to this thread with a introduction about yourself so we can begin to make this group more active. I look forward to hearing from you! Also, if you have classmates who would be interested in contributing to this group please invite them to join.

Monday, August 27th, 2007
11:33 am
I will hopefully doing two internships next year, one in archives, the other in a public or academic library. Any recommendations of where I should intern? Where I shouldnt?
Sunday, August 26th, 2007
3:14 pm
anyone want to be a moderator?
Hi all,

I am wondering if any current students would be interested in moderating this community. As I have now (hopefully) graduated, I would like to know whether any new up-and-comers are interested in taking over.

Sunday, May 27th, 2007
3:42 pm
Textbooks For Sale
If anyone is interested in copies of Developing Library and Information Center Collections (5th Edition) by Evans and Zarnosky Soprano, or Information Literacy Instruction: Theory and Practice by Grassian and Kaplowitz(2001), or the following:

- The Book Before Printing by Diringer (new, unmarked)
- HTML for the World Wide Web (5th Edition) by Caruso (used)
- Introduction to Reference Work (Volume 1) by Katz (used)
- Don't Make Me Think: A Common Approach to Web Usability (Second Edition) by Krug (new, unmarked)
- Online Retrieval: A Dialogue of Theory and Practice (Second Edition) by Walker and Janes (new, unmarked)
- Management Basics for Information Professionals by Evans, Ward, and Rugaas (used)
- HTML/CSS/JavaScript/DHTML by Calihan (new, maybe unmarked)
- The Extreme Searcher's Internet Handbook by Hock (new, unmarked)
- Information Seeking in Electronic Environments by Marchionini(used)
- MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers by Gibaldi (used)
- Foundations of Library and Information Science by Rubin (used)
- Text Information Retrieval Systems (Second Edition) by Meadow, Boyce, and Kraft (used)
- Radical Reads: 101 YA Novels on the Edge by Bodart (new, unmarked)
- Teen Genreflecting: A Guide to Reading Interests (Second Edition) by Herald (new, unmarked)
- Exploding the Myths: The Truth About Teenagers and Reading by Aronson (new, unmarked)

Please email me for more information, pictures, and etc. information. Thanks!
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