Rebecca Yvonne Bardales


Mary Bolin: Congratulations, Rebecca!

Rebecca Yvonne Bardales

The degree of

Master of Library and Information Science

Virtual Convocation


Current residence: Irwindale, CA, US

I wanted to earn a masters degree because:

Becoming a Librarian was never my intent. I worked in the library just to put me through undergrad. But, I should have known it was my destiny when I was an 18-year-old Summer Youth worker, and the then Librarian and Library Clerk left me in charge for three hours to attend a retirement party. <br /> <br /> In February 2001 my official library journey began. I started out as a Library Aide and within five years moved up to a Library Technician. It was in this position where I fell in love with the Summer Reading Program. In my eyes, this program is one of the best programs any patron can take part in.<br /> <br /> Over the years, I have seen families come together and participate, children increase reading comprehension, and build self confidence because of this program. Once I designed and implemented my first Summer Reading Program I was hooked. I knew then it was time for me to go back to school and get my Masters.

While earning my degree, my greatest supporters were:

My Husband pushed me to go back to school after taking off seven years.This degree would not be possible if I did not have this support.<br /> My Mom has always been my number one supporter.<br /> My family, friends, and co-workers thank you for all of your support.<br /> Shaya Balli, gave me words at the very end the program....“You did the work already, now you are just sharing what you did"

While in the program, I met classmates from:

Sarah Tarvid Johnson is the one classmate I wish I could truly meet. Although she lives Fairfax, Virginia. She became my rock towards the end of the program. I can truly my classmate from Grad School.

What I liked best about online learning was:

Meeting classmates from all over the world.

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

Meeting people from all over the world.

I plan to use my degree to:

The next chapter in my career is to finally say I am a Children’s Librarian, and once that happens who knows what comes next? One thing is for sure – my career is about to start.

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

Watching Netflix, heading back to the gym, going to Disneyland, and possibly start a family.