Fresh out of graduate school with a master’s degree in Religion, Elena Nipper had no idea what she wanted to do. Teaching – the most obvious career path – didn’t suit her personality. But then she learned about theological librarianship and found her niche.
Claudia Peters’ life has gone through dramatic changes in the past two years, including a move from the U.S. to Denmark and a transition from working full time to starting a family. Through it all, the one constant has been her online classes through SLIS. Peters is specializing in academic librarianship and intends to become a reference and instructional librarian.
Shortly after completing the LIBR-210 Reference Services course, Jen Richter started an internship at Riverside Community College’s Moreno Valley campus, and she didn’t have to wait long before putting her classroom skills into practice.
Nan Singh, winner of the 2009 Blanche Woolls Spectrum Scholarship awarded by SLIS, proves that age is no obstacle to learning. The 64-year-old SLIS student admits that her reason for pursuing her MLIS “isn’t exactly noble.” She needs the degree to continue in her current job as head librarian at California Christian College in Fresno, Calif. According to Singh, her SLIS studies have introduced her to new possibilities for her own library, such as bolstering reference services for students, as well as reaching out to the neighboring community with adult literacy programs.
Jonathan Paulo, recipient of the 2009 SLIS H.W. Wilson Scholarship, dreamed of being a professional musician before setting his sights on a career in reference services at an academic library.