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.
SLIS alum Megan Berru is always online, whether it’s chatting on Gmail or tooling around Facebook. So when the call went out last year seeking students willing to be peer mentors for the School’s new introductory course on emerging technology (LIBR 203), Berru was quick to volunteer.
Recent SLIS graduate Becky Miller networked with fellow information professionals and attended skills-building workshops at the Special Libraries Association’s 2009 annual conference in June, thanks to a travel award she received from the organization. “It was a great conference,” Miller said of the event in Washington DC that drew nearly 6,000 attendees. “I really enjoyed meeting so many different people, and I got involved with several committees.”
Marianne Sterna, SLIS student and winner of a 2009 American Association of Law Librarians (AALL) award – the LexisNexis/John R. Johnson Memorial Scholarship – started out as a clerk at San Diego’s Office of County Counsel. But through research, networking, and hard work, she’s forged a new role as law librarian.