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BIPOC Become Librarians

About the BIPOC Become Librarians Project

In 2022-2024, San José State University’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, San José State University’s School of Information, and San José Public Library (SJPL) collaborated to establish BIPOC Become Librarians (BBL), a pilot mentorship and internship program that introduced undergraduate students who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) to careers in Library and Information Science (LIS).

Project Details

Project Leads

Mantra Roy
Mantra Roy, Collection Strategy Librarian, SJSU
Principal Investigator
Ann Agee
Ann Agee, Library Chair, SJSU
Co-Principal Investigator
Karla Alvarez
Karla Alvarez, Deputy Chief of Staff, SJPL
Co-Principal Investigator
Jane Dodge
Jane Dodge, Academic Liaison Librarian, SJSU
Co-Principal Investigator
 Carli V. Lowe
Carli V. Lowe, University Archivist, SJSU
Co-Principal Investigator
Michele Villagran
Michele Villagran, Assistant Professor School of Information, SJSU
Co-Principal Investigator
Hyokyung (Carrie) Hwang
Hyokyung (Carrie) Hwang, 
Project Assistant
Institutional Repository and Digital Scholarship Coordinator, SJSU

Sylvia Ruiz
Project Coordinator, 
Executive Assistant, Institutional Equity, Access 
and Community, Stanford University

Supported By

The "BIPOC Become Librarians" project received a Planning Grant of $150,000 from the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).


The "BIPOC Become Librarians" project received San José State University’s IRB (Institutional Review Board) approval. Such an approval is required when a project involves human subject research and/or access to identifiable private information. 

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