Community Profiles

Alum Connie Schardt Heads Medical Library Association

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.

SLIS Student Michelle Reeder Says Mentorship Was “Turning Point”

SLIS student Michelle Reeder has been plugging away at her classes for the past couple of years, going to school part-time while raising her family.

Business Background Prepares Student Tina Johnson to Manage a School Library

Cristina “Tina” Johnson, recipient of the 2009 SLIS Alumni & Friends Scholarship, has worked in management positions at one of the nation’s biggest life insurers and trained employees at a mutual funds company.

Alum Lorena Mata Reaches Out to Spanish-Speaking Community

Just two years after earning her MLIS in 2002, alum Lorena Mata was named one of Library Journal’s Movers and Shakers, recognizing her efforts to reach out to the Spanish-speaking community.

Experienced Library Leader Katie DuPraw Earns her MLIS Degree Without Going Back to the Basics

Even with 17 years of library experience and several high-responsibility management positions under her belt, Katie DuPraw still sometimes felt at a disadvantage when applying for jobs because she didn’t have an MLIS.