In his appointment with the University of Illinois Library, Christopher Bailey (MSLIS '17) provides collection development, reference, and information services to the School of Information Sciences.
Where did you grow up?
Right here in Urbana, Illinois!
What year did you begin working with the iSchool?
I was recently appointed as Information Sciences librarian but have been a visiting librarian serving the School since 2019.
Where did you work prior to the iSchool?
My first professional position was at Parkland College, where I served as information services librarian. While earning my MSLIS, I was a graduate assistant at both the Funk-ACES Library and Undergraduate Library and a graduate hourly with Collection Management Services for the University of Illinois Library.
What is your role at the School?
My role as Information Sciences librarian is to provide reference, research, and instruction services to the students, staff, and faculty in the School of Information Sciences. I cover the subject areas of LIS, information management, game studies and design, informatics, museum studies, and more. My day-to-day work involves meeting with students looking for help with their research or projects, teaching library instruction sessions during iSchool classes, and helping manage the daily operations of the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library.
What do you like best about your job?
What I like best about my job is the opportunity to meet one on one with students and talk to them about their projects and research.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I spend most of my spare time taking care of my two ferrets Mr. Pickles and Ziti.