Congratulations to the First Student to Complete the San Jose Gateway PhD


Diana Wakimoto is the first individual to complete the San Jose Gateway PhD
Program <> , an innovative
doctoral program that spans two continents in a partnership between the
School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University (SJSU
SLIS) and Queensland University of Technology (QUT), one of Australia’s top
research institutions. QUT conferred the degree to Wakimoto during July, and
Wakimoto celebrated her accomplishments with doctoral program students and
supervisors during the program’s annual residency in San Jose, California,
held on July 30-August 3, 2012.


“I'm excited to have completed the program and look forward to seeing others
finish the program shortly,” said Wakimoto. Four other doctoral students are
poised to complete the San Jose Gateway PhD Program soon. They’ve already
completed their dissertations and presented their findings to supervisory


Wakimoto’s research focused on community-based archives in an effort to
understand how their practices differ from traditional institutions.
Wakimoto conducted oral history interviews with community archivists and
volunteers at three community archives. Her analysis sheds light on the
history of community archives and provides a detailed account of community
archives’ staffing models, circulation policies, and descriptive practices.
Wakimoto’s work suggests new ways in which archivists can build
collaborative partnerships with their communities to preserve the
experiences of diverse groups.


“I'll be presenting part of my research at a conference in Melbourne during
late November,” said Wakimoto, “and then attending the graduation ceremony
at QUT.”


Wakimoto currently works as a librarian at California State University, East
Bay, where she manages the university archives. She also serves as a liaison
to several science departments and teaches information literacy courses.  


Although Wakimoto has completed the doctoral program, she intends to stay
involved. “I want to help mentor new students and create an alumni group for
the San Jose Gateway PhD Program,” she said. Four new doctoral students
attended the recent residency in San Jose, California, and are eager to
start their research. 


The other San Jose Gateway PhD students who have completed their research
and presented their findings in recent months include Cheryl Stenström
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public officials; Mary Ann Harlan
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content creators; Tina Inzerilla
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community college faculty and their implications for librarians; and
Virginia Tucker
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searchers to better understand the acquisition of search expertise.


The San Jose Gateway PhD Program admitted its first students in 2008 and
uses a distance education model to serve students who work part time and
full time while earning their degrees.  They receive guidance and one-on-one
mentoring from SJSU SLIS and QUT faculty.


For more information about the San Jose Gateway PhD Program students and
their original research, please visit:


The San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science
offers two fully online master’s degrees, a fully online certificate
program, and a doctoral program: Master of Library and Information Science
(MLIS), Master of Archives and Records Administration (MARA), Post-Master’s
Certificate in Library and Information Science, and the San Jose Gateway PhD
Program. Let the learning begin: