"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 you are seeking? What semester/year do you expect to graduate?
My name is Devan Brie S. Green and I am pursuing the Master's of Library Information Science. This is my last semester! I graduate May 8, 2013.
Where are you from originally? How long have you been in the area? Did you move here to go to school?
I was born and raised in Detroit, MI. I live and work in Oakland County, MI, and I chose to go to primarily online classes in order to get my degree because I work full time. I am also a wife and mother. I work on my coursework during early mornings, late evenings and lunch breaks.
What other degrees do you have and where are they from?
I have a Bachelor of Fine Performing & Communications Arts specializing in Radio, Television & Film from Wayne State University.
Why did you choose Wayne State School of Library and Information Science?
I met and worked with several graduates of the program. I was grateful for the opportunity to go online for all courses if necessary.
What area are you concentrating in? Why?
I chose to concentrate in Academic Libraries because I have experience in Public Libraries. I wanted to learn about academic libraries in case I chose to pursue a job in an academic library. If I could have majored in Competitive Intelligence, Inbound Marketing or Library Advocacy, I would have. I took several courses regarding these topics during my time in the program.
Where/What format do you take most of your classes? Why?
I only took one class on campus because I am very busy and it would have been impossible for me to take in person classes without drastically altering my schedule. The online courses allowed me to continue my work in libraries by day, while pursuing my MLIS at night.
Are you currently doing any library related work? If so, how has the program prepared you for it?
Yes! My coursework has fine-tuned my abilities and taught me the philosophy behind the practices at the libraries where I am employed. I have worked for the Pontiac Public Library for several years, as Library Assistant and then as Outreach Librarian. I recently accepted the Teen Services Librarian position at the Auburn Hills Public Library. Both of the librarian positions were offered contingent on my successful completion of the degree within a specified timeframe.
What are you most proud of in library school?
I am very proud of joining the ranks of other successful and learned librarians in the field. I am proud of my ability to persevere through challenging circumstances and still meet the demands of the coursework. I have enjoyed some classes more than others but I have learned a lot from all of my classes. As I am preparing my portfolio for graduation I can truly say I am proud of everything I have done in my studies. Every paper, every test and every group assignment. There were many times where I have had to burn the midnight oil to complete a task, but receiving those high grades always makes it worth it!
Is there a professor who has really impacted your journey into librarianship?
I really appreciate Dr. Deborah Charbonneau and Dr. John Heinrichs. They are both great professors; brilliant, humble and helpful.
Since joining the program, what do you feel is the most important or surprising thing you've learned about the library and information science profession?
I didn't realize how political the field is. I have learned more about the politics, funding and administration of libraries.
Do you feel well prepared for a career in the information profession? Any long-term professional goals?
I do feel prepared. I am excited about my professional goals. I would like to conduct research and publish the results in a journal. I may pursue a Ph.D. and teaching in the university setting someday. I am focusing on Teen Services, Outreach and Marketing currently, however.
What advice would you give to someone considering SLIS as their library school?
It's a good program and I believe it will get better because the administration is looking to stay current and create the librarians of the future. You get out of it what you put into it. There are a lot of opportunities. You must analyze your situation and choose the courses that are best suited to you and your interests. Also the time goes by so fast. Hang in there. Plan your work and work your plan of work. It is very important to get on-the-job training. If you do not work in a library currently, take the practicum and also be willing to volunteer and network.