San Jose State University



Jasmin Avila


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Nancy Garcia: You continuously inspire me amiga! What a wonderful addition to the pool of Librarians. I am happy to have been part of this journey with you and am ready to cheer you on anywhere you go.

Melanie Sellar: Congratulations Jasmin on behalf of myself and Librarians Without Borders!

Janis O'Driscoll: What a joy it has been to watch you grow and become even more passionate as your studies and your work progressed. A wonderful career awaits you and your contributions are...and will be...a credit to public librarians everywhere. Sail on, Silver Girl!

Ruth Barefoot, Instructor: Bravo Bravo! Nice work, Jasmin.

Virginia Tucker: Congratulations, Jasmin! Wishing you all the best!

Beth Wrenn-Estes: Congratulations Jasmine. I have so enjoyed having you in my classes. All the best to you!

Julia Bernal: Congratulations, Jasmin! I know that you have touched many lives at SCPL through books and your amazing personality and that you will continue to do so wherever life takes you. I have had such an amazing time working with you. You will be missed but we are sending you off with well wishes and great memories to cherish.

Jenn Hooker: I am continually amazed by all of your accomplishments and I cannot wait to see what impacts you have on the world. <3 Working with you has been one of the greatest highlights of my career.

Jasmin Avila

The degree of

Master of Library and Information Science

Virtual Convocation


Current residence: Santa Cruz, CA, US

I wanted to earn a masters degree because:

Our values as LIS professionals for intellectual freedom, education, social responsibility and access to information build thriving communities. “Libraries empower the individual, support literacy and lifelong learning, strengthen families, are the great equalizer, build communities, protect the right to know and they help us better understand each other. (ALA -Libraries Change Lives, 2014). While earning my degree, working with Santa Cruz Public Libraries, collaborating with organizations across Santa Cruz and participating in learning opportunities with other Librarians around the world I have experienced and learned of so many inspiring and creative ways in which libraries transform lives and strengthen communities. Earning my degree was an important step to increasing my ability to contribute to this work.

While earning my degree, my greatest supporters were:

My parents, my siblings, my partner, my dog, my friends and my colleagues at Santa Cruz Public Libraries.

My journey through the MLIS program was reflective of the very power of libraries I believe in! It was truly a community effort :]

Thank you to everyone who contributed to my growth and experience along the way.

While in the program, I met classmates from:

The REFORMA network! This was an incredible connection to passionate and dedicated Library professionals who provided me with support, inspiration and resources that strengthened my academic and professional career.

What I liked best about online learning was:

The online learning environment was originally seen as a negative for me but the deeper I got into the program and the more I participated in group projects, I realized that the ability to collaborate and learn from others working in libraries of all types, across the nation with different demographics and different funding actually strengthened my ability to problem solve, think creatively and to engage in the endless possibilities of what libraries provide.

What I enjoyed most about my experience at the SJSU School of Information was:

Being able to work in a public library setting while earning my degree was incredibly valuable and provided me with a rich learning context of both theory and practice where I was able to directly apply what I was learning into my work environment. My schedule at work was as flexible as my schedule in school making both experiences intertwine and influence each other in wonderful ways.

I plan to use my degree to:

My passion and mission in public librarianship is to create equitable access and opportunities to all members of our communities because I truly believe that when we all do better, we all do better. I am ready to utilize my degree to address issues of inequity through the platform of Public Libraries.

Now that I have completed the program, I'm most looking forward to:

The exciting work ahead! As I end my time with Santa Cruz Public Libraries and move down to San Diego I'm searching for a library where I can continue providing equitable access and opportunities to all members of our community through quality programs, excellent service and access to information in a work environment that prioritizes communication, creativity, teamwork and service to our public.