SLIS student Katie Miller is an accomplished musician who hopes to combine her love for music with her MLIS degree and pursue a career as a music librarian. Miller already holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in music, with a focus on viola performance. She works part-time as a professional musician, performing with several local orchestras, including the Modesto Symphony in California. She is also a viola instructor. Yet Miller realized there aren’t too many jobs for professional musicians, so she decided to explore other career options.
SLIS instructor Mary Minow recently was appointed to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) advisory board, where she will play a key role in advising the IMLS Director regarding federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums.
SLIS student Heather Pena graduates in Spring 2011, but she already landed a job as Multimedia and Electronic Resources Specialist, a newly created position at the New England College of Optometry.
As a metadata specialist at the World Digital Library at the Library of Congress, SLIS alumna Erin Hawkins has worked on items ranging from early explorers’ maps of the Americas to manuscripts of Arabic poetry on mathematics.
“What I like best about my job is that I get an opportunity to engage my curiosity and learn something new every single day,” said Hawkins, who graduated from SLIS in 2009 and has worked at the World Digital Library for nearly a year.
SLIS student Cindy Sumida-Scott blends her information technology savvy with her MLIS studies to gain new insights into her job as a manager at a corporate research center.
Sumida-Scott decided to earn her MLIS more than four years ago because she wanted to understand how to organize information. At the time, Sumida-Scott was in a more hands-on IT job that involved implementing software, such as Lotus Notes and Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services. Eventually she headed up a knowledge management group. Along the way, Sumida-Scott found that her MLIS classes helped her broaden her perspective at work.