[Libs-Or] New Students Get Creative with Scholarship Application: See Their Pinterest Boards

Nicole Purviance nicole.purviance at sjsu.edu
Wed Jun 17 13:12:59 PDT 2015

Pinterest Boards Highlight Students’ Creativity and Passion for the
Information Profession


For all the Pinterest fans, we invite you to view the Pinterest boards
created by the five recipients of the first-ever Director’s Scholarship for
Excellence, awarded by the School of Information at San Jose State
University. The scholarship is the first in iSchool history to recognize the
potential of new Master of Library and Information Science
(MLIS) students to serve as information professionals and take a leading
role in shaping the profession.  


Incoming MLIS students were asked to create a Pinterest board that
demonstrated either why the student wishes to become an information
professional or what sort of future the student envisions as an information


Fall 2015 Director’s Scholarship for Excellence Recipients:


·         Hannah Blatchford’s board, “Why I Decided to Become a Librarian
> ,” uses 29 pins to recount a “tale of drama, adventure, and intrigue” in
five chapters. Her “chapters” touch upon her own personal history, describe
the ways libraries serve their communities, and express her excitement about
the journey she is about to begin at the iSchool.

·         Katie Monroe’s board, “Dream Job: Information Professional
<https://www.pinterest.com/daisy4074/dream-job-information-professional/> ”
focuses on her passion “to ensure the public is able to access and learn
from rare books and special collections.” Using 41 pins, Monroe creates a
collage of the past, present, and future of libraries. 

·         Beth Berlin-Stephens, a new teacher librarian in Pinole,
California, used hashtags on her 43 pins to explain why she wants to be an
information professional
<https://www.pinterest.com/bberlinstephens/sjsu-scholarship-board/> . The
pins she chose focus on diversity, information literacy, and the creative
ways libraries can encourage reading.

·         Janine Bauer used her Pinterest board, “I Want to
,” to focus on an
increasingly important part of the librarian’s job: marketing. Each pin’s
image, read left to right, explains what she wants to do with her education.

·         Carina Langstraat used her board, “The Courageous Librarian
<https://www.pinterest.com/carinalangstraa/the-courageous-librarian/> ,” to
express how she was inspired to become an information professional by
librarians of the past and present. Her 48 pins demonstrate how librarians
“regularly stand up to those who want to restrict our access to
information--and that takes courage.” 


The Director
olarship> ’s Scholarship for Excellence will be awarded to five more MLIS
students in spring 2016. Applications for admission in spring 2016 open
August 1, 2015, and admitted students can apply for the scholarship
beginning September 1, 2015. In order to be eligible, incoming students need
to have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5. More information about the
Director’s Scholarship for Excellence and other iSchool scholarships is
available on the Scholarship, Award, and Grant Information
p>  web page. 


The Director’s Scholarship for Excellence was made possible by generous
donations from alumni, students, faculty, and friends. More support is
needed in order to continue awarding the scholarship to future incoming
students. Donations may be made online using a credit or debit card via the
school’s scholarship donation page
l&utm_campaign=DirectorsScholarship> . 


Please see the full news story on the iSchool
mail&utm_campaign=DirectorsScholarship> ’s website.



The San Jose State University (SJSU)
paign=DirectorsScholarship> School of Information prepares individuals for
careers as information professionals. Graduates work in diverse areas of the
information profession, such as user experience design, digital asset
management, information architecture, electronic records management,
information governance, digital preservation, and librarianship. The SJSU
School of Information is a recognized leader in online education and
received the Online Learning Consortium’s
=email&utm_campaign=DirectorsScholarship> Outstanding Online Program award.
For more information about the school, please visit:
=DirectorsScholarship> ischool.sjsu.edu. 




Nicole Purviance

Director of Marketing and Communications

School of Information

San José State University

One Washington Square, Clark Hall 420A

San José, CA 95192-0029

Direct: 408-924-2465

nicole.purviance at sjsu.edu

 <http://ischool.sjsu.edu/> ischool.sjsu.edu


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