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SJSU School of Library and Information Science Information Session - Canada (September 2013)


Dr. Sandra Hirsh, professor and director at the San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science, gives an overview of the information school and its online educational programs …

Dr. Sandra Hirsh, professor and director at the San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science, gives an overview of the information school and its online educational programs during a visit to Canada in September 2013.

Because of its interactive online learning environment with no on-campus orientations or other required in-person events, the San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science is a choice school among Canadians who would like to advance their careers in the information profession with a master's degree, post-master's certificate, and/or doctoral degree.

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  • 1. SJSU School of Library & Information Science Information Session Dr. Sandra Hirsh, Professor and Director September 2013
  • 2. 2 Agenda • Introduce Speakers • Why Pursue a MLIS/MARA Degree? • Why Choose SJSU SLIS? • Next Steps • Q & A
  • 3. 3 Introductions Dr. Sandy Hirsh Director, Coordinator of San José Gateway PhD program Dr. Cheryl Stenstrom Full-Time Instructor, Graduate of San José Gateway PhD program
  • 4. 4 Goal of This Presentation GOAL #1 Highlight why getting a MLIS or MARA degree is a good investment for your future.
  • 5. 5 Goal of This Presentation GOAL #2 Define why SJSU’s School of Library & Information Science is the best choice for attaining your MLIS or MARA degree.
  • 6. 6 SLIS Offers 5 Programs GOAL #1: Invest in Your Future! • Master of Library and Information Science (ALA- accredited) • Master of Archives and Records Administration • Post-Master’s Certificate • San José Gateway PhD Program (Partner: QUT) • Teacher-Librarian Program (NCATE-accredited)
  • 7. 7 Master of Library & Information Science (MLIS) Emerging Technologies. Expanded Opportunities.
  • 8. 8 Forecasts for Jobs Requiring a MLIS Degree • 73% explicitly stated MLS or MLIS as a requirement • 32% of listings are tech-centered jobs • 25% of listings require teaching/instruction • 33% of listings are management-level jobs • 32% of listings require reference skills • 21% of listings require statistics/analysis skills San José State University offers the curriculum and training to prepare its graduates to meet ALL of these qualifications!
  • 9. 9 Exciting Pathways to Success Career Pathways: Which One Will You Choose?
  • 10. 10 SJSU SLIS Offers Over 100 Electives Customize Your MLIS Degree: Action Research Award Winning YA Titles Children and Information Technology Consumer Health Librarianship Data Librarianship Digital Humanities Ethnography with a focus on technology Evaluating Programs and Services Library Services for Distance Learners Film & Media Infomatics Information Visualization Information Literacy Instruction Legal Resources Maps & GIS Medical Librarianship Music Informatics Music Librarianship Oral History Photographic Preservation Special Collections Services for Older Adults Patents PHP/MySOL Psychology of the Information User Publishing for the Profession Readers Advisory Resources &Services for Patrons with Disabilities Science & Technology Resources Storytelling The Hyperlinked Library Understanding Content Management Systems Virtual Services Web 2.0 XML Virtual Worlds Web and Social Media Analytics Web Search
  • 11. 11 Emerging Careers Requiring a MLIS Degree • Emerging services librarian • Director of digital content • Digital asset coordinator • Digitization services coordinator • Virtual services librarian • E-librarian • Distance learning librarian • Metadata librarian • Community engagement librarian • Outreach librarian
  • 12. 12 Master of Archives & Records Administration (MARA) The Next Frontier
  • 13. 13 What Can You Do With a MARA degree? The MARA program addresses the demand for highly skilled information governance professionals who have the education and experience to solve increasingly complex management challenges faced by many organizations as their recordkeeping systems become less efficient as a result of new technologies, tools, laws, and regulations.
  • 14. 14 MARA Graduates Are Prepared for Careers in: • Corporate Archives • Digital Asset Management • Electronic Records Management • Information Governance • Cybersecurity • Content Management • Data Curation • Public Records Management
  • 15. 15 MARA Degree: The Benchmarks Course Content • ARMA Core Competencies • SAA Guidelines for a Graduate Program in Archival Education Certification Exams • Institute of Certified Records Managers (ICRM) - http://www.icrm.org/examination- preparation-2/ • Academy of Certified Archivists - http://www.certifiedarchivists.org/get- certified/exam-handbook.html
  • 16. 16 MARA – Student Perspective “I believe the MARA program will give me a competitive edge in the records and information management field.” Spring 2012 graduate
  • 17. 17 Post-Master’s Certificate 6 Exciting Career Pathways • Digital Archives & Records Management • Digital Services & Emerging Technologies • Information Intermediation & Instruction • Leadership and Management • Web Programming and Information Architecture • Youth Services
  • 18. 18 Student Perspective “There is a growing need for librarians to expand their advocacy and leadership skills, and to strive for long-term relationship building with decision-makers,” said Thomas Knutson, who earned his MLIS 15 years ago at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. The fully online delivery model of the certificate program has worked well for Knutson. “Communicating and collaborating online creates an interesting dynamic, particularly in group work. You have to be organized and prepared with the information you put forward, but this ultimately leads to stronger team-building.” Thomas Knutson Youth Services Coordinator at Saskatoon Public Library in Saskatchewan, Canada
  • 19. 19 San Jose Gateway PhD Program • Research focused • Individually tailored program for each student • International setting • Exceptional faculty support from both SJSU and QUT teams • No course work required San José Gateway PhD Program Offered through a partnership between the San José School of Library and Information Science and Queensland University of Technology
  • 20. 20 GOAL #2 Why Choose SJSU’s School of Information & Library Science?
  • 21. 21 Student Perspective “Given the current trends in the field, I think this degree will give me a competitive edge over recent grads who completed a more traditional MLIS program.” Spring 2012 MLIS graduate
  • 22. 22 Employer Perspective “It was an obvious choice to hire someone from SJSU SLIS who has been groomed for library leadership in rethinking information and library innovation.” Dr. Leslie Garguilo, Ashworth College
  • 23. 23 Student Survey Response – Job Placement Outlook 86% of the Spring 2012 graduating class who responded to our survey are working either full time or part time. Of those who reported they had a job, 96% got their job in less than six months. Only a small percentage took longer than six months to find a job.
  • 24. 24 School Highlights 100% Online Since 2009 5 Degrees/programs 100 Electives available to MLIS students Smaller Class Sizes 25 Caps for core classes 30 Caps for electives
  • 25. 25 48 States & 17 Countries Students Around the World
  • 26. 26 What Does 100% Online Look Like? • Everyone is online – students and faculty • Coursework and instruction designed for online learning • Online access to faculty office hours, academic advising, and student support services • Rich online learning environment and technology (Blackboard IM, Collaborate, D2L, Panopto) “Using these communication technologies in the learning environment was fun, and it was also part of my training as a real-world information professional.” Kate Tasker (MLIS 2012)
  • 27. 27 SLIS Faculty Teaching from Canada John Horodyski teaches Digital Asset Management Lisa Daulby teaches electronic records Gail de Vos teaches graphic novels
  • 28. 28 Communication is both Asynchronous & Synchronous Asynchronous Discussion Forums Video Messaging Email Synchronous Web Conferencing (Collaborate) VoIP (Skype) Virtual Worlds (Second Life) Blackboard IM
  • 29. 29 Who Is the Online Student?
  • 30. 30 Canadian Student Profiles SLIS class, LIBR 250: Design and Implementation of Instructional Strategies for Information Professionals, with lecturer Mary Ann Harlan, also provided inspiration for Gabrielle Doyle. The course taught students how to design teaching plans by creating lessons based on desired outcomes. “I found that a very interesting course, and it’s probably changed the way I approach everything at the library, including story times, Parent-Child Mother Goose, and interacting with library patrons,” Doyle said. Gabrielle Doyle Calgary Public Libraries
  • 31. 31 Canadian Student Profiles MLIS student Candice Putnam relies on the technology skills she’s gained at SJSU SLIS to develop programs at the public library in Canada where she works. She’s also the recipient of the School’s 2012 Alumni & Friends Scholarship, which Putnam will use to support her final year in the program. Putnam credits the SJSU SLIS’s fully online model as critical to her decision to pursue the degree. “If this wasn’t available, I would have had to move to go to school. The classroom experience has been very cohesive, and I’ve met other Canadians, too.” Candice Putnam
  • 32. 32 Canadian Student Profiles Lauren Flattery enrolled in the MLIS program to broaden her understanding of librarianship and the future directions of the field. As a teacher-librarian at a French immersion school near Toronto, Canada, Flattery finds that she can apply her coursework directly to her job. “Every course I’ve taken, from mobile technologies to virtual environments to reference services, changed my practice or reinforced what I felt was a good practice,” Flattery said. Lauren Flattery
  • 33. 33 Opportunities for Students Career Development and Exploration • Career blog • Colloquia • Online conferences • Web resources • Consultant • Online newsletters • Career center membership post graduation • ePortfolio as job portfolio • and more!
  • 34. 34 Opportunities for Students Gain Practical Experience • Internships (in person/virtual) • Research assistantships • Peer mentors • Organizational consulting projects
  • 35. 35 Opportunities for Students Professional Networking • Award-winning professional association student chapters • Professional association memberships • Joint student/alumni association (SLISConnect)
  • 36. 36 Opportunities for Students Publishing Student Research • SLIS has its own Student Research Journal • Peer-reviewed publication of San José State University School of Library and Information Science • Promotes graduate scholarship and intellectual inquiry in the fields of library and information science, archives and records management, and museum studies.
  • 37. 37 SLIS Initiatives Benefit Students • Virtual Conferences: Library 2.013 Conference • MOOC: Hyperlinked Library, Dr. Michael Stephens • Language-courses: Spanish, French, & Mandarin • Intensives: Intensive course options • Virtually Abroad: Taking “online” abroad “SJSU is the largest library school in the world and has a large number of innovations. I have been lucky to sit on the international advisory board for a few years. Hire these folks. They’re amazing!” Stephen Abram
  • 38. SJSU School of Library & Information Science Next Steps
  • 39. 39 Admissions Process • Bachelor’s degree with GPA 3.0+ • TOEFL score: 600 (paper), 250 (computer), 100 (internet-based) • Access to a computer with internet connection • Fall and Spring admissions
  • 40. 40 Program Snapshot Masters in Library & Information Science (MLIS) • 43 units to degree • 15 total courses (6 required + 9 electives) • Culminating experience: ePortfolio or thesis • Total cost: $20,382* Master’s Degree in Archives & Records Administration (MARA) • 42 units to degree • 14 total courses (11 required + 3 MLIS electives) • OCP option to replace a 3-credit professional project and a 3-credit internship • Culminating experience (all students): ePortfolio • Total cost: $19,908* *You may be eligible for tax benefit: Textbook Amounts Certificate – University Outside Canada.
  • 41. 41 Want to learn more? • Attend a virtual open house (link) • Visit our website (link) • Read our annual magazine: Innovate (link) • Attend colloquia and other programs (link) • Learn about our students/alumni (link) • Stay connected/sign up for our newsletters (link) • Read about our program: • Student perspective (link) • Faculty perspective: (link) • Online learning environment (link)
  • 42. 42 Questions?
  • 43. 43 Thank you for attending! Dr. Sandy Hirsh, Professor and Director sandy.hirsh@sjsu.edu Facebook: facebook.com/sjsuslis Twitter: twitter.com/sjsuslis Pinterest: pinterest.com/sjsuslis/ YouTube: youtube.com/user/sjsuslis Let the learning begin: slisweb.sjsu.edu