As teen outreach librarian for the Oakland Public Library in California, SLIS alum Jodi Mitchell is always hunting for ways to connect with unserved and underserved segments of the population.
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.
Alum Bridget Bagne worked as a library services assistant at a Sacramento County Public Library branch for years, but her internship at the Elk Grove Branch – in the same library system – gave her “crucial experience” to put on her resume.
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.
“From the very first day of my internship, I had my own reference desk set up in the middle of the library’s computer area,” said Richter, who graduated in Fall 2008. “When students had questions, they immediately saw me.”