"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 semester/year do you expect to graduate?
A: My name is Kelly Kietur and I’m currently seeking a Master’s in Library and Information Science with a certificate in Archival Administration. I expect to graduate sometime in 2013.
Q: Where you’re from originally? How long you’ve been in the area. Did you move here to go to school?
A: I am originally from Garden City, Michigan, and aside from a year I spent living on campus as an undergraduate student at Wayne State, I’ve lived there my whole life.
Q: What other degrees do you have and where are they from?
A: I have a Bachelor of Arts in Slavic Studies with a minor in History from Wayne State University.
Q: Why did you choose Wayne State School of Library and Information Science?
A: I felt like the program was a really great fit for me, and since I went to Wayne State for my undergraduate degree I felt familiar with the campus and surrounding areas. I also wanted to be able to take in-person classes without having to move somewhere else.
Q: What area are you concentrating in? Why?
A: I am concentrating in Archival Administration because I am interested in the changing role of archives, especially with digitization and digital archives.
Q: Where/What format do you take most of your classes? Why?
A: I think half of my classes have been online and half of them have been on-campus classes. I like the on-campus classes better because I feel like I really get to know the instructor and my fellow classmates.
Q: Are you active in any student organizations?
A: I am active in Wayne State’s chapter of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance and the chapter of the Society of American Archivists.
Q: How has your involvement in student organizations impacted your SLIS experience?
A: I get to meet more people that I wouldn’t have necessarily met in classes. Plus, I get to participate in activities and events that I may not have done otherwise – for example, I presented a poster at NDSA’s colloquium, which is something I may not have had the chance to do had I not been involved in the organization.
Q: Are you currently doing any library related work? If so, how has the program prepared you for it?
A: I currently work at the reference desk at the Undergraduate Library at Wayne State. Obviously the required reference course has helped me out a lot in this case!
Q: What are you most proud of in library school?
A: I’m proud of the way I’ve developed as an information professional – I have been challenged and have been forced to step out of my comfort zone and I’m a better person because of it.
Q: Is there a professor who has really impacted your journey into librarianship?
A: I’ve had so many inspiring professors, but I’d have to say that Kimberly Schroeder has had the most impact. I have learned so much valuable information about the profession from her.
Q: 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?
A: The most important thing I’ve learned is that you really have to put yourself out there and be active in the profession, even as a student. Sometimes I feel like I have a bit too much on my plate but I enjoy every minute of it!
Q: Do you feel well prepared for a career in the information profession? Any long-term professional goals?
A: I think that the field and technology is changing so rapidly now that it’s impossible to be completely prepared, but I have the tools and knowledge at hand to keep myself up to speed. As for long-term professional goals, I would like to work in digital preservation in some capacity.
Q: What advice would you give to someone considering SLIS as their library school?
A: Jump in with two feet! Your time in school is short so make the most of it!