"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 degree did you receive? When did you graduate?
A: Sylvia Ranspach, Masters of Library and Information Science, 2010.
Q: What other degrees do you have and where are they from?
A: Journalism - Michigan State University.
Q: Why did you choose Wayne State School of Library and Information Science?
A: It had a more traditional library focus while still preparing students for technological innovations in the library field. University of Michigan's program seemed too focused on the latest technology trend without the live human-interaction aspect. HCI (human computer interaction) is my brother's field - and more closely aligned with software development.
Q: What is your area of concentration? Why?
A: Special libraries. I enjoy gaining new knowledge at each library. At General Motors, I learned about science and engineering. At the Law Library of Congress, I examined the laws of a multitude of countries in their native languages from 1700s to present. Presently, I do financial and legal research at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Q: Where/What class format did you use for most of your classes? Why?
A: 75% online - I worked full time at General Motors R&D Library when I started the program, so online was more convenient.
Q: Are you active in any student/professional organizations?
A: SLA - DC chapter.
Q: How has your involvement in student/professional organizations impacted your SLIS and professional experience?
A: It's taught me to effectively network within the library community.
Q: Are you currently doing any library related work? If so, how has the program prepared you for it?
A: I manage a contract of library staff at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. They do electronic services management, website maintenance, reference services, serials maintenance, loose-leaf filing, shelving and cataloging. Personally, I also work daily on the reference desk, catalog books, review subscriptions, and analyze electronic services usage.
Q: What were you most proud of in library school? What are you most proud of now that you are in the profession?
A: During:Being the Graduate assistant to the director and coming into the program with prior library work experience. Now:Getting a good mix of work experience and my ability to successfully research and assist patrons in a wide range of subjects-legal, financial, historical, automotive, financial, etc.
Q: Was there a professor who really impacted your journey into librarianship?
A: Dr. Mika and Judy Field.
Q: Since graduating from this program, what do you feel is the most important or surprising thing you've learned about the library and information science profession?
A: There are information professionals by many job titles.
Q: Do you feel you were well prepared for a career in the library and information Profession?
A: Yes, the mix of classroom and on the job experience was beneficial.
Q: What professional accomplishments have you achieved since graduating from the program?
A: Working in the Law Library of Congress managing a multi-lingual reclassification contract, then moving to manage a more visible contract at the SEC Headquarters Library.
Q: What advice would you give to someone considering [Wayne's] SLIS as their library school?
A: Be willing to learn new things; library and information work is ever-evolving to fit the needs, or imagined needs of the patrons.