"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 are seeking? What semester/year do you expect to graduate?
A: My name is Elizabeth Essien, and I am pursuing a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science with a certificate in Information Management. I expect to graduate in the Winter 2011 semester.
Q: Where are you from originally? How long have you been in the area? Did you move here to go to school?
A: I have lived in Massachusetts and Nigeria, but currently I live in Michigan. I have lived here since I was in elementary school.
Q: What other degrees do you have and where are they from?
A: I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Secondary Education with a teaching minor in Spanish from Michigan State University.
Q: Why did you choose Wayne State University's School of Library and Information Science?
A: I chose Wayne State University's School of Library and Information Science because I liked the program's overall structure: areas of focus, the availability of courses and the flexibility of the course schedule.
Q: What area are you specializing in? Why?
A: My area of specialization is Information Management. I work in the information technology field, and the coursework is relevant to both my current career and future career goals.
Q: Where/What format do you take most of your classes? Why?
A: I have taken classes on campus at both the Main and Oakland Campuses, online, and webcentric (limited in-person class sessions with significant online learning).
Q: Are you active in any student organizations?
A: I participate in the Special Libraries Association and the Society of American Archivists events, but I am not a member.
Q: How has your involvement in student organizations impacted your SLIS experience?
A: Participating with the student organizations gives a fascinating glimpse into the variety of careers that are available to graduates with an MLIS degree.
Q: Are you currently doing any library related work? If so, how has the School prepared you for it?
A: I am not currently working in a library setting. I am working in the information technology profession.
Q: What are you most proud of in library school?
A: I'll be most proud at graduation! ☺
Q: Is there a professor who has really impacted your journey into librarianship?
A: Associate Professor Dr. John Heinrichs is knowledgeable and passionate about his subject matter; he extends himself to ensure that each student's learning experience is thoroughly engaging. He is also a leader in his field; other professionals use his articles and reference his book.
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 compelling aspect of the library and information science profession is its relevance to so many career fields.
Q: Do you feel well prepared for a career in the information profession? Any long-term professional goals?
A: Yes, very much so.
Q: What advice would you give to someone considering SLIS as their library school?
A: I would encourage students who work in the information field (outside of the library profession) to consider SLIS. Its rigor and intensity rival any other, and its blend of technical, research, and administrative classes offer a well-rounded program of study applicable to any information worker.