Wayne State University

Alexandrea Penn

Archives and Digital Content Management

Alexandrea Penn is a current SLIS student and recipient of the winter 2017 Raven Award. Originally from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Alexandrea moved to Detroit to...

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Bethany Figg

Information Management

"Network with your classmates.  I discovered some of the closest friends and get the best library advice from the people I met while earning my MLIS at WSU"...

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Aaron LaFromboise

Library Services

"If you want a good foundation then Wayne State SLIS can give you that... Being able to stay in my current position was crucial, I felt that I could do more good by staying...

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Mike Dutkewych

Archives and Digital Content Management

"Dutkewych has found purpose as he pursues his interest in archival work, whether it’s digitizing Detroit soul 45s or increasing access to a library’s...

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Jose Guerrero

Library Services

"Make connections with your classmates and professors, and with individuals and organizations outside of Wayne State if possible."     Q. What’s...

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Alyssa Brissett

Library Services

"This is an excellent program that is rewarding and challenging.."       Q. What’s your name?  What degree you are seeking? ...

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Kalana Cooper

Library Services

“Your drive is what is going to keep you relevant in the field.” Q. What’s your name? A. Kalana Cooper Q. What degree you are seeking? A. MLIS in...

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Jacqueline Freeman

Library Services

"I would encourage someone considering SLIS and wanting to work in a library ultimately to already be working in a library."   Q. What’s your...

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Sandra Svoboda

Archives and Digital Content Management

A love for data and journalism, along with a chance meeting over hot chocolate, propelled Sandra Svoboda’s entry into the MLIS program in the summer of 2015. Svoboda, an...

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Adam Joseph-Abraham Mosseri

Archives and Digital Content Management

"I received some advice when I first started out as a new member of the MLIS program and I will offer the same advice now; Jump In With Both Feet! Do everything and anything...

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Lauren Bobcik

Information Management

"There are lots of opportunities in the private sector for the MLIS degree... Student organizations have helped tremendously because I am able to see what...

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Student Spotlight: Maria Nuccilli

Archives and Digital Content Management

Meet first-year student Maria Nuccilli. Armed with an undergraduate degree in English, Maria came to Wayne State’s SLIS program to study archival administration and data...

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Edras Rodriguez-Torres

Archives and Digital Content Management

"As an undergraduate student I had the opportunity to work on a digital collection that documented the history of a grassroots civil rights group. That experience spurred my...

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Derek Sodja

Information Management

Q: What’s your name? What degree did you receive? When did you graduate? A: My name is Derek Sojda. I’m a 2010 grad with an MLIS and Graduate Certificate in...

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JC Brown

Library Services

"Librarianship, in a sense, is a soft form of social work—helping people find information—whether it be for entertainment purposes or helping a patron research a...

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Tamyka Z. Miles

Library Services

"Dr. Bajjaly impacted my journey the most. If not for Dr. Bajjaly I would not be a graduate of the program today." Q: What's your name? What degree did you...

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Megan Garza Ruest

Library Services

"I love that public librarians get the opportunity to help people directly in the community." Where are you now? What is your title? Markham Ontario Public Library,...

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Ryan Ennis

Library Services

"Dr. Dian Walster was my advisor and professor for several classes while I attended Wayne State. Her assignments were always worthwhile and her positive...

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Stacey Trarop

Information Management

Stacey Trarop works at the Knowledge Center at Ford Motor Company World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan.   What’s your name? What degree did you receive?...

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Lauren Lincoln

Archives and Digital Content Management

"The most surprising thing I learned is how important and cutting edge librarians are on intellectual freedom, information policies, access to information and other...

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Ramon Diab

Information Management

"The most interesting aspect I learned about library and information science is discovering the diverse range of industries that employ people from our...

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Brad Czerniak

Library Services

"Come to Wayne State and get involved in the program. Learn as much as you possibly can. If you’re in the Detroit area, definitely spend time on campus. Work harder...

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Arjun Sabharwal

Library Services

"Even if you do not land in your dream job, maintain some presence in the community so you can prepare yourself for a surprise opening.  Start going to conferences,...

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Annette Similuk

Library Services

"Be willing to continually learn. Obtain all the experience working in libraries you can while going to school, and be willing to start at the bottom and work your way up. It...

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Mark Barnes

Library Services

“If you decide to pursue a degree in library and information science, make sure you are dedicated to the profession.” Q: What's your name? What degree did you...

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Matt Church

Library Services

I really like the life-long learning that they provide from baby time, story times all the way up to learning programs for seniors. Q: Did you go to work in a public library...

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Marsha West

Library Services

"The fact that Wayne gives out-of-state online students the same tuition as in-state students made my decision easier." Q: What's your name? What degree did you...

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N. Rebecca Powell

Library Services

"The important thing I’ve learned is the adaptability of the skills we learn to various work environments. Even in non-traditional settings, being able to access...

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Nickia Bell

Library Services

Master of Library & Information Science "Always consider non-traditional library and information science employment and keep an open mind about 21st century...

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Susan Gotthelf

Library Services

"Basically, I'd say, "Go for it!" If you think librarianship is for you, or if you're interested in information systems, you won't find a better...

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Sarah Beiting

Library Services

"Even ten years after the fact, I still use the education I gleaned from LIS classes. From the knowledge gained from two classes in cataloguing, I can build relational...

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Sylvia Ranspach

Library Services

"Be willing to learn new things; library and information work is ever-evolving to fit the needs, or imagined needs of the patrons." Q: What's your name? What...

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Zsa-Zsa Booker

Library Services

"The program here at WSU is awesome and you will definitely learn from your instructors, your environment and your peers. I am so happy that I chose this field and this...

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Heidi Blanton

Information Management

"I work on a great team with three other people, collaborating closely with our creative and development teams to create unique user experiences for our clients." Q:...

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Erin Vader

Information Management

"Go for it! Regardless of where you live, this is totally doable. And so far, it's been a lot of fun too! Just stay positive, stay motivated, and keep working toward your...

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Natasha Smith

Library Services

"I definitely think that the WSU SLIS provides a good foundation for a career in the LIS profession. Also, the practicum provided me with an opportunity to get my foot in the...

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Eva Gogola

Information Management

"It's work that keeps me learning new skills and builds on what I learned in school." Q: What is your job title? Who do you work for? A: I’m the Associate...

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Elizabeth Essien

Information Management

"The most compelling aspect of the library and information science profession is its relevance to so many career fields. " Q: What's your name? What degree you...

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Christine Ayar Illichmann

Information Management

"It's interesting to hear firsthand how different libraries work. I also like helping to enable librarians to do their work more efficiently so they have more time to...

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Nichole Manlove

Archives & Digital Content Management

"As the SLIS Diversity GSA I have had the opportunity to attend and conduct poster presentations at the American Library Association (ALA), the Michigan Library...

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Brad Czerniak

Information Management

"Come to Wayne State and get involved in the program. Learn as much as you possibly can. If you’re in the Detroit area, definitely spend time on campus. Work harder...

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Brian Smith

Library Services

"I enjoy being part of a profession and meeting others in my profession that are passionate about the work too." What made you decide to choose this career? After...

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Arjun Sabharwal

Archives & Digital Content Management

"Even if you do not land in your dream job, maintain some presence in the community so you can prepare yourself for a surprise opening. Start going to conferences, write...

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Kelly Kietur

Archives & Digital Content Management

"Jump in with two feet! Your time in school is short so make the most of it!" Q:  What’s your name?  What degree you are seeking?  What...

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Emanuela DeCenso

Library Services

"When I was made the recipient of the Edith B. Phillips Technical Services Award, I felt that my passion for cataloging was recognized somehow, and being able to shake Ms....

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Devan Green

Library Services

"My coursework has fine-tuned my abilities and taught me the philosophy behind the practices at the libraries where I am employed." What's your name? What degree...

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Marisa Conte

Information Management

"I like being different! I have a very non-conventional role, I’ve had a lot of flexibility to integrate the library and its services into new environments, and I like...

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Crystal Jolly

Library Services

"Being involved in student organizations definitely enhanced my experience at SLIS. I have met so many wonderful colleagues I probably would not have met if not for...

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Emily Gibson

Archives & Digital Content Management

"Through my involvement I honed my interests, discovered my strengths and weaknesses, formed relationships with other professionals and gained confidence in my abilities. And...

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Monica C. Brady

Archives & Digital Content Management

"Dr. Turrini has done a tremendous job working to further opportunities in the community for his archival students. He has also been extremely supportive and encouraging of...

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