Heather Devine

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Heather Devine

MLIS 2009
Circle of Learning Project Manager
San Jose State University Research Foundation
San Jose, CA USA

What I am doing now.

As project manager for the Circle of Learning grant, I’m involved in the day-to-day activities of the grant as well as helping to oversee the bigger picture.  This could be anything from arranging workshops for the students to encouraging and supporting them in conference participation.  We also report regularly to our grant funder, the IMLS, about our progress, work with evaluators to understand issues and improve our work, consult regularly with the grant advisory board, and advise students.  It has been very rewarding to work with such a great group of students across the nation in our goal to support American Indians and Alaska Natives who want to earn a fully online Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree.

What are the most valuable skills I use in my job.

Time management and networking are the most valuable for me as a project manager.  Participating as a board member in ALASC helped me learn more about the American Library Association, and to make contacts in that organization, which has increased my professional network and made it easier for me to help the Circle of Learning students increase their professional networks.  Information organization and learning more about how to present information effectively has also helped a lot. 

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