Alumna Carla Garner Co-Authors Article with iSchool Director

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“What an honor,” said Garner who graduated in December 2008.“ I accepted, of course!”

The piece, “The Bunheads Are Dead: Discovering High-Tech, High-Touch Opportunities in Library and Information Science ,” also ran in a new American Libraries Association digital publication in early 2009. Garner links to the article from her resume, and found that the experience “adds credibility and individuality to my professional history.”

This wasn’t the first time Garner worked with iSchool faculty outside of class. She served as a research assistant for Jane Fisher, iSchool Assistant Director of Research and Professional practice, as well as for Dr. Anthony Bernier. Garner also took a INFO 298 Special Studies course with Dr. Debra Hansen, which involved writing biographies of iSchool faculty dating back to the 1920s.

“I encourage iSchool students to take advantage of opportunities that will take them beyond their coursework,” said Garner, who lives in the Chicago area. “I clearly feel more connected to the school because of the personal relationships that I have developed with the faculty.”

Garner earned her undergraduate degree in English from Northwestern University. She worked in public relations as a marketing manager for a bank group and later did project planning work in the engineering division of speaker maker Bose Corp. She left the workforce for 10 years to start a family, volunteering at school libraries during that time, and decided to get her MLIS as she returned to the job market because she liked how librarianship is “equally creative and analytical.”

Now Garner works with a freelance agency that specializes in placements for research, writing, graphics, and web development. The job gives her the flexibility to set her own schedule and was “a logical progression from my work with the iSchool faculty,” she said.

In her free time, Garner volunteers for by developing a bibliography of African American resources for K-12 students and teachers.