SLIS student James Hicks currently works as an adjunct English professor at three separate universities in Japan, owns a small business that sells pure beeswax candles, and has two young children. On top of all of that, Hicks is pursuing his MLIS degree to position himself for a new career when his family eventually returns to North America in another five or six years.
When Heather Devine’s aunt was working in Washington, D.C. several years ago, she visited the National Archives, copied much of the information available about their tribe, the Shawnee, and sent it to Devine. When the ream of paper arrived at Devine’s doorstep, it started her thinking about her tribal history, as well as access to information.
SLIS student Michelle Reeder has been plugging away at her classes for the past couple of years, going to school part-time while raising her family. But serving as a peer mentor last Fall for LIBR 203 (the School’s new introductory course on emerging technology) was a turning point in her studies, transforming Reeder “from a student into someone who could really contribute” to the School and the profession.
An online MLIS program is the perfect fit for Lauren Turpin, who lives in Korea. Turpin was excited to enroll last year in the MLIS program offered by SLIS. It allows her to meld her love of books, children, and international travel — earning her degree while living in Jukjeon, Korea.
Giovanni Mejia discovered his affinity for libraries during his undergraduate studies, although his newfound appreciation for the stacks sometimes came at the cost of his grades. “I just enjoyed the research aspect so much that I spent 90 percent of my time doing research and 10 percent of my time on writing. And that usually hurt me,” he said with a laugh.