Our values as LIS professionals for intellectual freedom, education, social responsibility and access to information build thriving communities. “Libraries empower the individual, support literacy and lifelong learning, strengthen families, are the great equalizer, build communities, protect the right to know and they help us better understand each other. (ALA -Libraries Change Lives, 2014). While earning my degree, working with Santa Cruz Public Libraries, collaborating with organizations across Santa Cruz and participating in learning opportunities with other Librarians around the world I have experienced and learned of so many inspiring and creative ways in which libraries transform lives and strengthen communities. Earning my degree was an important step to increasing my ability to contribute to this work.
While earning my degree, my greatest supporters were:
My parents, my siblings, my partner, my dog, my friends and my colleagues at Santa Cruz Public Libraries.
My journey through the MLIS program was reflective of the very power of libraries I believe in! It was truly a community effort :]
Thank you to everyone who contributed to my growth and experience along the way.
While in the program, I met classmates from:
The REFORMA network! This was an incredible connection to passionate and dedicated Library professionals who provided me with support, inspiration and resources that strengthened my academic and professional career.
What I liked best about online learning was:
The online learning environment was originally seen as a negative for me but the deeper I got into the program and the more I participated in group projects, I realized that the ability to collaborate and learn from others working in libraries of all types, across the nation with different demographics and different funding actually strengthened my ability to problem solve, think creatively and to engage in the endless possibilities of what libraries provide.
What I enjoyed most about my experience at the SJSU School of Information was:
Being able to work in a public library setting while earning my degree was incredibly valuable and provided me with a rich learning context of both theory and practice where I was able to directly apply what I was learning into my work environment. My schedule at work was as flexible as my schedule in school making both experiences intertwine and influence each other in wonderful ways.
I plan to use my degree to:
My passion and mission in public librarianship is to create equitable access and opportunities to all members of our communities because I truly believe that when we all do better, we all do better. I am ready to utilize my degree to address issues of inequity through the platform of Public Libraries.
Now that I have completed the program, I'm most looking forward to:
The exciting work ahead! As I end my time with Santa Cruz Public Libraries and move down to San Diego I'm searching for a library where I can continue providing equitable access and opportunities to all members of our community through quality programs, excellent service and access to information in a work environment that prioritizes communication, creativity, teamwork and service to our public.