From: Cleveland, Ohio
Undergrad degree: Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology from Wittenberg University
Year in program: I am in my last 30 days of the MLS program at NCCU and will graduate on December 8th.
Specialization: Special Library
Internships and extracurricular activities: Since last December, I have been an intern at the Government and Heritage Library which is part of the State Library of North Carolina. I also am a member of ALA, SLA and the North Carolina chapters for both organizations. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, pinning, watching movies, baking, traveling, and listening to music.
What do you do?: I recently became the librarian at the African American Cultural Center at North Carolina State University.
How did you get that job?: I applied for the position when I found it one evening doing my duties for I Need a Library Job, prayed, interviewed, prayed again, and sent thank you notes as soon as I got home from my interviews.
What’s the hardest thing about your job?: I love what I do and am still excited to come to work every day. I have ideas brewing all of the time, but the biggest challenge right now is being the new librarian at the circulation desk when the previous librarian served for many years. I am confident that I will resolve that because I am taking steps now to overcome that challenge.
Any advice for other students?: Volunteer, intern, network, and fervently seek the experience that you need to get the job you want. Don’t rely on what you learn in the classroom to be your only library science experience.