Position Title: Faculty Reference Librarian
Employer: Lone Star College
Degree/Year: MSIS, 2009
“It seems like I took away something in every class I had - I'm hard pressed to find a class where I didn't pick up something useful.”
Before being hired as a Reference Librarian at San Jacinto College, Jane had never considered a career in community college libraries. “What a mistake!” she says now that she works at a vibrant institution serving over 28,000 students. Every day is different for Jane, but she primarily works in reference, information literacy instruction, and outreach. She loves serving a wide variety of patrons, especially those who “battle with library anxiety.” In all Jane does, she is driven to help students “unlock the library’s secrets” that will help them grow and succeed.
While at the iSchool, Jane took courses in reference, library instruction, collection development, and Internet applications, which built a crucial knowledge foundation that she utilizes every day. The opportunity to work in the field through internships and her capstone were also significant sources of experience. Most importantly, the personal and professional connections made through the iSchool directly influence and benefit her career.
Jane advises current iSchool students to take advantage of the many opportunities beyond the classroom. Getting to know other students and professionals is just as important as completing coursework. She encourages students to get involved with student and professional associations now, especially considering the more affordable student rates. “Finally,” she states, “don’t lock yourself into the professional niche or geographic location you think you want.”