Laurel Eby

’10 MA Library and Information Science

Laurel Eby with friends in costume and bowling alley.

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I was a stay-at-home mom for 10 years, and when my youngest was nearing kindergarten age, I decided I wanted to go back to school to get a master's degree in library and information science so that I would actually be employable by the time both kids were in school.

Conveniently, there was a great MLIS program right here in San José, at San José State! During my time as a student, I did two internships at the King Library, which I really enjoyed. After I graduated in 2010, I started working in the library at Foothill College, but about a year later, one of my former mentors from the SJSU Library, Tina Peterson, emailed me that the library was hiring part-time librarians. I jumped at that opportunity because I loved the King Library, the work sounded more interesting, and frankly, the commute was a lot shorter!

I started working at the King Library in February 2012, and just finished my ninth year there. I love working in the King Library, and on the San José State campus (I can't wait to be there in person again!), and have the greatest colleagues (we have a lot of fun!). San José State truly transformed my life!