Student Chelsie Harris worked as a paraprofessional at the San Diego County Library before completing an internship there last summer – gaining the experience and professional connections she needed to land a permanent position at the library in September. Harris is preparing to graduate in Spring 2011 and now works full-time in the library’s community relations department.
For SLIS alumna Carissa Purnell, playing a mean game of Madden09 on the Xbox is just as important as knowing how to create Web pages using Joomla and Drupal when it comes to doing her job well.
When Young-Soon Kwon emigrated to the U.S. from Korea in 1990, she never thought to use her local public library to help gain her footing in her new home. Years went by before she finally stopped in, and Kwon quickly realized what she had been missing.
At age 19, Lizeth Legaspi had recently moved to the U.S. from Mexico and was taking ESL classes at a local community college while working part-time at the public library in Calexico, a small California town along the U.S.-Mexico border. Today, she’s the second in command at the Camarena Memorial Library in Calexico and earning her MLIS degree at SLIS, thanks to a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services .