Library Resources, Online Library Databases, and WISR’s Career Center

WISR’s Library and Other Library Resources and Databases 

All WISR students may check out books from WISR’s library.  Students living outside the area may check out books when they visit WISR, provided they make arrangements for returning books in a timely fashion.

WISR’s Library contains about 4,000 books and periodicals–with especially solid collections in psychology (especially related to marriage and family therapy requirements), education (especially higher education and adult learning), mulitculturalism, action research and qualitative research, and social change. WISR’s library is being cataloged in 2015, and at the end of this process, it will be much more easier to locate and efficiently check out and return books.

WISR has arranged for the part-time services of an expert librarian, Cynthia Roberson, who earned her Master’s in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University.  WISR students and faculty who wish assistance in identifying and locating books, articles and databases for their research projects may contact her by e-mail for advice and help: 

For students who are California residence, the best way to access to online library databases from your home, place of work or study, is to get a library card the San Francisco Public Library.  By showing your California Driver’s License or other proof of California residence, you may obtain a free library card, which can be renewed every 4 years.  This card gives you a number you can use to access their extensive online database of EBSCO academic journals and other very useful databases–from anywhere.  You don’t have to be at the library to get access once you have a card.  It is our expectation at WISR that all students who are California residents will go to the San Francisco Public Library early in their WISR studies, to obtain this access. 

In addition, MFT students are urged to purchase a student membership in the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)–this membership has a number of benefits, including a subscription to the journal, The California Therapist, and access to one of EBSCO’s academic psychology journal databases.  Many of the readings required and recommended for WISR MFT program coursework can most easily be obtained through EBSCO’s database–which makes a San Francisco Public Library card or CAMFT membership essential.

In addition, WISR will soon provide all students, including those outside California, with free access to an online library database–we are currently studying and comparing the options.

WISR is also developing a special arrangement with the Social Research Library of the University of California at Berkeley for ways to make that library accessible and user friendly to those WISR students living near, or visiting, Berkeley.

Furthermore, as a matter of policy, WISR provides all WISR students with an annual rebate of up to $100/year–to purchase access to the University of California library, or to another library whose collections are suitable to their studies and close to their residence or place of work.  WISR faculty and WISR’s librarian will discuss your particular needs, based on your location and areas of study, to enable you to make the possible selection of a library.  For information on how to obtain UC Berkeley library access, contact WISR President, John Bilorusky ( or the WISR Librarian, Cynthia Roberson (

WISR’s Career Center


The WISR Career Center for Community Leadership and Justice seeks to provide WISR students, alumni, and faculty with support and access to resources on career development in traditional and alternative areas–related to community leadership and justice, education, and counseling psychology.  In particular, the WISR Career Center for Community Leadership and Justice aims to help WISR learners to use their education to change the world and to help others through their professional and community leadership roles, while also surviving and thriving materially and personally.  Students will receive information and personalized guidance as they pursue, and in some cases, develop, their careers—while being mindful their own sense of what is meaningful, and their larger personally-held commitments, which may include matters of social justice, spirituality, and sustainability, for example.

Services, include: 1) Information about Socially Responsible Careers and Jobs; 2) Information about Socially Responsible Internships and Practica; 3) Informational Events and Workshops; 4) Materials on Careers and Building Bridges to the Next Important Things to do in Your Life.

The WISR Career Center is coordinated by WISR faculty member, Michael McAvoy [], with support and assistance from WISR alumnus, Suzanne Quijano, MA (MFTI), MBA, and other WISR faculty.

Also, as part of their ongoing mentoring and advising of students, WISR faculty rather consciously and emphatically help students to design learning activities—action projects, research, and writings—that help to build bridges to the student’s desired career path. 

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