Post-Graduation: I attended the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My history and political science backgrounds helped
me when I attained a graduate assistantship to work in the UIUC Government Documents
Library while I completed my graduate studies. I graduated from UIUC with my Masters
of Science in Library and Information Science (M.S.L.I.S.) during the summer of 2006.
Current Career: After graduate school, I started as the Public Services Librarian at Hewes Library
at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois. As Public Services Librarian, I am accountable
for collection development, reference, library instruction, and web development within
Some of the Rewards and Challenges of this Position: Monmouth College, like Illinois Wesleyan University, is a small liberal arts school
and I have learned that you have to be able to prioritize your needs effectively and
be prepared to make changes in your plans. At the same time, it is rewarding to see
your efforts pay off, whether it is in the form of an educational program, new policy,
or new operating program. Working collaboratively with other staff members has provided
me with both mentors and partners in a great atmosphere where we experiment with and
refine our services.
Your most Exciting or Worthwhile Experience in this Position: Every day I get to work with students looking for a variety of information resources.
The most exciting experience is when students have that “Ah-Ha” moment, where they
discover a new resource, the perfect research article, or understand a new concept.
One of the goals of a liberal arts education is to encourage lifelong learning and
it is great to be a part of the educational experiences that will serve students for
the rest of their lives.
How did the education you received from Illinois Wesleyan's Political Science Department
help prepare you for this position? I can locate information faster and more efficiently with the thorough knowledge that
I received at IWU. I work with a lot of introduction to liberal arts, history, and
political science classes at Monmouth College and a background in the same subject
they are studying allows me to relate to their assignments and information needs.
Advice You Would Like to Give to Wesleyan's Current Political Science Majors: I would advise current students to take advantage of all the resources available to
them at IWU. Supplement your education by talking with your professors, partaking
in an internship, or volunteering for a leadership position within an organization.
In short, take an active role in your education and become a well-rounded liberal
arts student; your IWU education could prove more useful than you imagined.