1) What is your current position, and what are your duties?
I am currently the O’K Scholars Coordinator/Social Science Librarian at Winston-Salem State University. I am responsible for coordinating the information literacy institute twice a year, supervise media and marketing services in the library, and provide all library instruction and reference assistance for the Social Science department. I partner and serve on the General Education Committee for Information Literacy (IL) to ensure the library is doing its part to embed IL into General Ed. Courses.
2) How did studying at NCCU SLIS help you prepare for your current work?
Let me preface my next couple of statements by saying I completed my degree completely online. This program was a great fit for me because as a social worker I was always organizing information to be given to someone else. The NCCU SLIS program helped me to refocus those skills into librarianship.
3) What are your career goals?
I want to be an Associate or Library Director in the next 5 years, if not sooner.
4) What advice would you give to students going through library school right now?
Start networking now! If you currently do not work in the library field, it is going to be imperative that you connect with individuals that are currently in the area (i.e. academic, public or special libraries) where you want to work.
Present and publish – If you are going to be in the academy it is important that you are able to see trends, evaluate information and articulate deficiencies when needed. Don’t wait!
5) What advice would you give library students about job hunting in the library field?
Stay focused! If you are in North Carolina keep your options open. Get the experience you need to be a good candidate.
6) What advice would you give to people considering applying to library school?
Talk with as many people as possible that are currently in the field. I’ve learned that it is important to speak with the Dean of the library school and faculty before applying. Don’t go in this field misinformed.
7) What are you currently reading?
Several blogs and library journals to stay abreast of current and researched perspectives in the field.