"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 will help you understand how libraries function on a day to day basis, and provide insight into whether or not you want to pursue a career in librarianship."
Q: What’s your name? What degree did you receive? When did you graduate? A: Annette Similuk, MLIS 2010
Q: What other degrees do you have and where are they from?
A: B.A. in Finance from Michigan State University
Q: Why did you choose Wayne State School of Library and Information Science?
A: Really great reputation; conveniently located in Detroit; Online classes
Q: What is your area of concentration? Why?
A: Public Libraries, Academic Libraries. I am passionate about providing information services to all members of a community, so that individuals can reach their full potential in every aspect of their lives.
Q: Where/What class format did you use for most of your classes? Why?
A: I took all my classes online. This was convenient because I worked two library jobs, had children at home, and then my husband faced a serious illness and was hospitalized over an extended period of time. I actually enjoyed discussion forums and definitely participated more in the online environment than I would have in a conventional classroom, because I had time to think about and compose my answers. (Yes, that makes me an introvert.)
Q: Are you active in any student/professional organizations?
- Libres: A librarian’s book reviewers group through Oakland County Schools. We review books for publishers and donate the books to the library of our choice.
- International Collections Librarians’ Roundtable (ICLR). I am currently developing the website for this group: https://sites.google.com/site/myiclr/home
Q: How has your involvement in student/professional organizations impacted your SLIS and professional experience?
A: Both groups have provided a great learning opportunity through interacting with librarians with many years of experience.
Q: Are you currently doing any library related work? If so, how has the program prepared you for it?
A: I work at Rochester Hills Public Library as an Adult Reference Librarian. My collection responsibilities include computer books, English language learning, literacy, and foreign language books. I also work at Baker College of Auburn Hills as a Reference and Instruction Librarian. I am responsible for bibliographic instruction, collection development, and develop online research guides in collaboration with instructors. The SLIS program at WSU has prepared me well for both positions, particularly in the areas of Reference Services, Collection Development, and ILS.
Q: What were you most proud of in library school? What are you most proud of now that you are in the profession?
A: I enjoyed writing research papers and participating in class discussion, and am proud to say that I graduated with a 3.97 GPA. As a professional I am able to apply many of the concepts I learned in library school.
Q: Was there a professor who really impacted your journey into librarianship?
A: There were many dedicated professors who made an impact on me in regard to their professionalism and their passion for library services.
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 is always more to learn. Change is a constant in the library, due to technological advances, the changing needs and wants of the customer, and the need for libraries to adjust policies and procedures for various reasons.
Q: Do you feel you were well prepared for a career in the library and information profession?
A: Yes, I felt very prepared for a career in both academic and public librarianship.
Q: What professional accomplishments have you achieved since graduating from the program?
Q: What advice would you give to someone considering [Wayne’s] SLIS as their library school?
A: 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 will help you understand how libraries function on a day to day basis, and provide insight into whether or not you want to pursue a career in librarianship.