Inclusive System Design with Prof. Murali Venkatesh

Inclusive System Design with Prof. Murali Venkatesh

Editor’s note: Professor Murali Venkatesh brought his expertise to introduce inclusive system design to the Syracuse University iSchool in an October webinar. Read Prof. Venkatesh’s answers below to learn more about this topic. What do all professionals need to know about inclusive system design? I’d recommend that IT professionals, especially those just entering the profession, reflect on the ideals … Continued

"A democracy presupposes an informed citizenry." The American Library Association. Image by Rachel Clarke.

Librarianship and Democracy: Creating an Informed Citizenry

Democracy is one of the core values of the American Library Association[1], and, as such, is one of the major values that underlies the contemporary practice of librarianship. I have had issues with democracy being included as one of the core values of the library profession. Not because I don’t believe or support democracy—I do. … Continued


Career Advice: Pursue Passion or Proficiency?

Author’s note: Road trips provide iSchool students with amazing opportunities and hands on learning experiences through networking. It’s an opportunity to absorb advice and knowledge from various companies and future potential employers. This road trip touched upon some of the most innovative and involved sports companies out there. Such as: NBA,, Met Life Stadium, Steiner … Continued

The online portfolio of LIS student Ashley Chasse. Use with permission.

The Professional Portfolio for LIS Students

As library students, we are not required to create a professional portfolio to graduate, but we should be. That’s a crazy thing to say, especially when there are so many requirements we already have: Homework. Assignments. Families. Jobs. Internships. Life. Why add one more to the mix? Developing a professional portfolio is a worthwhile investment. … Continued

Why I Switched to the IM&T Major. Graphic by Allison Leung '19

Why I Switched to an iSchool Major

When I applied to ‘Cuse as a high school senior, I wanted to get into the Information Technology field. That’s why I applied to the iSchool.  One problem I had was that I knew nothing about technology careers, and there wasn’t an actually IT major there.  I applied to the Systems and Information Systems major … Continued

School Media Specialist Job Availability in New York. Map by Kara Conley.

School Media Specialist Job Availability in New York State

Are you interested in pursuing a career as a school media librarian? Or maybe you’re a teacher looking for a change of pace? It’s a good time to consider becoming a School Media specialist. The iSchool is lucky to be a part of a thriving library community. We are consistently sent job openings from school … Continued

The Fayetteville Free Library. Image courtesy of Holmes▪King▪Kallquist & Associates Architects.

Library Friday: Visiting Fayetteville Free Library

Before I dive head-first into the second post of my Library Friday series, there is something I must get off my chest. I didn’t know what a makerspace was before starting my Masters in Library and Information Science at SU. There … I said it! Please don’t tell anyone. Luckily, I’m a quick learner and … Continued

Remembrance Week

iSchoolers Look Back and Act Forward as Remembrance Scholars

Each year, after a rigorous and selective process, 35 Syracuse University seniors are chosen to serve as Remembrance Scholars. I am fortunate enough to call myself one of them, along with my fellow iSchoolers Clayton Baker (B.S. Information Management and Technology & International Relations, Spanish minor) and Emily Dang (B.S. Information Management and Technology & International Relations, … Continued

iSchool student Liz Griffin volunteering at the It Girls Overnight Retreat

Why Grad Students Should Get Involved

My first year in the Library and Information Science Program was anything but normal. That can also be said for my iSchool experience as a whole, if I’m being completely honest. Still, this first year in LIS has taught me so much more about how to get involved and be an active student. Now, it’s all … Continued

iSchool students talk with recruiters at the Career Fair in the Carrier Dome.

The Internship Experience

It is always a good idea to start looking at job and internship opportunities as soon as possible.  It can seem very intimidating, but getting your foot in the door right away is the best way to approach a job or internship. I sat down with two seniors in the iSchool to hear about their … Continued