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Apr. 24, 2018
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Assistant Director of Information Services and Archives Alisun DeKock (MS '07) is the "solo librarian and lone arranger" for Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. She enjoys the variety of her work as a librarian and archivist as well as being around some "seriously fascinating" creatures.
  
Where do you work, and what is your role?

At the aquarium, I oversee the entire program including budgets, purchasing, collection development, research and reference, circulation, cataloging, library moves, marketing, web presence, and anything else you can imagine. I also manage the archive, which when I arrived was a collection of 100 unprocessed boxes covered in plastic with no funding and little awareness of its existence. It is now a proper archive of more than 200 boxes (nearly 80 percent processed) with its own room and budget, and it is regularly used by our staff. Finally, I am part of a team tasked with writing and managing the electronic fish ID system that runs in...

Apr. 11, 2018
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Librarian and writer Katie Dunneback (MS '03) became a fan of romance novels at the age of twelve, after reading The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare. She started her first novel in college, at the advice of her anthropology professor, and after graduation became involved in Romance Writers of America (RWA). Dunneback recently received a 2018 RWA Service Award in recognition of her volunteer service to the association. "Being in RWA and a part of the romance community at large has helped shaped the adult I am today," she said.

Where do you work and what is your role?

I currently work as a senior selection librarian for the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped at the Library of Congress.

What do you like best about your...

Feb. 19, 2018
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iSchool alumna Soraya Silverman-Montano (MS '11) is the 2018 president of the Nevada Library Association (NLA). In this role, one of her goals is to work with library organizations across the state to get their staff involved and active in the organization. Silverman-Montano, head of Youth Services at the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District’s Spring Valley branch, was named the NLA's Librarian of the Year in 2016 and an ALA Emerging Leader in 2014.

Where do you work and what is your role?

I have worked for the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District for thirteen years and currently serve as department head for Youth Services for the Spring Valley branch. It's a dream job because I have an amazing, passionate staff; our community is extremely diverse and involved in our library; and it is...

Jan. 9, 2018
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Evanston, Illinois, has a growing Latino population—over 10% according to 2015 figures. Building connections with the Latino community served by the Evanston Public Library is what Miguel Ruiz likes best about his job.

Where do you work and what is your role?

As the Latino engagement librarian, I connect with our Latino community in order to develop relevant resources and services. It’s truly an amazing role that fits my skill sets and interests exceedingly well. Previously, I was the e-learning librarian at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I managed the library system’s online instructional design and information literacy portfolio. 

What do you like best about your job?

I truly enjoy connecting directly with our residents throughout the community. I spend a lot of...

Nov. 28, 2017
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Julie Edwards (MS '05) fell in love with Botswana in 2015 when she helped plan a conference there for the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Reference and Information Section. As soon as her conference ended, she vowed that one day she would return. She is now back in Botswana as a Fulbright Scholar for the 2017-2018 academic year.

At the University of Botswana (UB), she is teaching two courses—Understanding the User (LIS 304/LIM 300) and Information and Society (LIS 211)—working with master's students, and collaborating with library colleagues on continuing education workshops.

"I have big classes full of wonderful students, and I enjoy working with them tremendously. In addition, all of my colleagues here...

Aug. 29, 2017
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Bradley Kuykendall (MS '15) was a "library junkie" as an undergraduate at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. Now serving as the reference and instruction librarian at Lincoln University, he is in a position to give back to his alma mater and recruit more students into the field of library and information science.

"I never had intentions of becoming a librarian until I had an altercation with the library director about interlibrary loans (ILL)," said Kuykendall, who majored in business administration and management as an undergraduate. "He didn’t like me standing at the bookstore, telling all the students about ILL. We talked about it, then he gave me a job. The rest was history."
 
The MS/LIS program at the iSchool provided a strong foundation in librarianship that has...

Jun. 22, 2017
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Julie Cwik uses the skills she learned at the iSchool in her job at the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI). She enjoys working in the continuing medical education (CME) field and supporting physicians. Her interest in instructional design has led her to pursue an advanced degree in learning design and technology.

Where do you work and what is your role?

As CME accreditation & certification manager at ACAAI, I ensure that all of our CME activities are compliant with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Criteria and Standards for Commercial Support. While I do not play the role of a traditional librarian, I am working in an instructional design capacity, which is a growing area for librarians to move into. My success at the iSchool has...

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