Student Shayna Muckerheide knew she was taking a financial risk last summer when she decided to scale back her journalism job to part-time so she could work as an unpaid intern to gain library experience. But the gamble quickly paid off. Muckerheide’s internship at Arizona State University (ASU) led to invaluable contacts and, within a few months, helped her land a full-time job as Special Events Coordinator in the library development division of the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records.
SLIS student Brian Eisenberg spent much of 2009 working on a special project at the Library of Congress that could lay the groundwork for a new practice in digital preservation and publication of original music manuscripts.
Alum Carla Garner took LIBR 281, Publishing for the Profession, so she had a general idea of how to submit an article for publication. But Garner had the opportunity to experience the process first hand while working as a research assistant for SLIS Director Ken Haycock. Shortly after starting the job last year, Haycock asked Garner to co-author an article on the future of librarianship for a career guidance journal.
Unable to find satisfying work with her Art History undergraduate degree, Connie Schardt decided to enroll in SLIS in the late 1970s with the hope of improving her career prospects. Her hunch paid off. Today Schardt is the 2009-2010 president of the Medical Library Association (MLA) , which represents more than 4,000 health sciences informational professionals, and she works with physicians and clinicians from around the world in her post at Duke Medical Center Library in North Carolina.
Allison Ruth realized that her true calling might be librarianship when she spent more time doing research than actual studio art while pursing her Master of Fine Arts degree.