“The information that I’ve gotten from this program is amazing, but the connections that I’ve made with other students and faculty have been the biggest highlight for me. I love that I’m a part of this community.”
Tell us about your personal and professional background.
I came into this program with very little experience in the library field. I’ve taught at the high school and college level for about the last six years. In that time, I became a mom to two amazing little people who have given me the drive to do more with my life.
Why did you choose to pursue a Master of Library and Information Science?
Many of my friends who are librarians mentioned to me that I should pursue my master’s in library and information science. I hadn’t planned on getting an advanced degree until the requirements for my position at work changed to include a graduate degree. I began to consider what type of field I would like to pursue further, and after some self-reflection, I realized that I’ve always been passionate about the learning aspect of teaching. I love information literacy and am very enthusiastic about the actual learning process.
How has this program prepared you for success as an information leader in your community in today’s information era?
This program has not only prepared me to help students in academic libraries, which was my main focus, but it has also introduced me to library advocacy, reference services and community services. The program focuses on how we can be leaders in our communities and the many ways that librarians can help others access information of all kinds. I came into the program passionate about information, but I am leaving with a greater understanding of the service and commitment that goes hand in hand with being a librarian.
What has your experience interacting with faculty been like during your time in the program?
My experience with faculty in the program has been amazing. I love the faculty here! Every professor that I’ve had has been committed not only to helping me get through the program but to excelling in the program and in my professional life. I’ve had deep, perspective-changing conversations with some of my professors. I’ve shared concerns with professors who stayed after class to talk with me and support me. And I’ve been offered advice and assistance with regard to furthering my career and education, publishing my first paper and applying to my PhD program. Not only do the faculty support me academically, they support me on a personal level as well.
How have you benefited from earning your degree using MLIS@Denver’s innovative online platform?
With two young kids at home, I need the flexibility to earn a degree on my own time and without a strict schedule. Because I am managing my own schedule and workload, I also feel incredibly prepared to move on to earn my doctorate. I never thought I would be the type of person to pursue a PhD, but now I feel completely comfortable moving on to the next level.
What is one thing you want a prospective MLIS@Denver student to know?
My advice would be to attend a couple of informational workshops offered by the Student Success Team, email some of the professors (trust me, they will be happy to give advice), or talk to a librarian you know to see if this profession would be the right fit for you. Ask a lot of questions. And if you decide you want this—just go for it and dive in. The information that I’ve gotten from this program is amazing, but the connections that I’ve made with other students and faculty have been the biggest highlight for me. I love that I’m a part of this community.