Jason Beatrice Lee, a 2008 SLIS graduate, has been named the first ever OCLC Minority Librarian Fellow. As part of the year-long paid program, Lee will work in three major divisions of the world’s largest library cooperative: member services, research, and digital collection services. Her initial three-month assignment to member services includes orientation to the OCLC member community and assistance with governance projects. She will also participate in the Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program, a 30-day program that includes career development and continuing education for library professionals from developing economies.
Kamilah Jackson served 10 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, where her duties included inspecting foreign freight at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. But she traded in her Lieutenant/0-3 rank to become a teacher, and today is working on her MLIS degree as one of 13 participants in the Librarians for Tomorrow program at SJSU.
Pat Toney’s path to an MLIS degree started with children’s author Tomie dePaola. In 2006, Toney was working in an administrative job, feeling restless that she hadn’t found a career that felt like a calling. While studying child development at City College of San Francisco, she attended the annual Effie Lee Morris lecture at the San Francisco Public Library where she heard dePaola, the author of her favorite children’s book, The Popcorn Book.
Even with 17 years of library experience and several high-responsibility management positions under her belt, Katie DuPraw still sometimes felt at a disadvantage when applying for jobs because she didn’t have an MLIS. “Almost every posting requires an MLIS from an ALA-accredited school,” DuPraw said. So in 2007 she decided to do something about it and enrolled in the Executive MLIS program. She expects to complete her degree in May 2009.
Anita Brooks Kirkland, a SLIS student in the Executive MLIS program, won the Ontario Library Association’s prestigious Larry Moore Distinguished Service Award at the group’s annual Super Conference during January. The honor is bestowed on OLA members who make outstanding contributions to libraries in the Canadian province of Ontario through their work within the association.