Stacey Trarop works at the Knowledge Center at Ford Motor Company World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan.
What’s your name? What degree did you receive? When did you graduate?
Stacey Trarop. MLIS. December 2014.
What other degrees do you have and where are they from?
BA in English, Wayne State University
Why did you choose Wayne State School of Library and Information Science?
I wanted to go back for my advanced degree and chose WSU (again) because it is a great university and I heard great things about the SLIS.
What was your area of concentration? Why?
I thought my area of concentration would be archiving when I started my degree but changed to online research and digital information access as time went on. A few courses I took really changed my view of the importance of access for all individuals. I am truly interested in how to best use search methods to help find correct information.
What class format did you use for most of your classes? Why?
The majority of my classes were online. I was working full-time while receiving my degree and this allowed me more flexibility. I am very excited to hear that even more courses are offered online now than during my time in the SLIS. The online course structure can teach you ways to improve your communication skills and assists the student to become more technologically perceptive.
Are you currently doing any library related work? If so, how has the program prepared you for it?
I am currently working in the Knowledge Center at the World Headquarters of Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, MI. The program prepared me for this job by offering courses in Advanced Online Searching and helping me learn how to communicate and complete various research tasks for a wide range of clients/users.
What were you most proud of in library school? What are you most proud of now that you are in the profession?While in library school, I felt the most pride when completing an assignment, realizing just how much I learned, and seeing that each course enhanced and added to learning from the previous. I do not feel that the courses I took were ever a waste of time and think they all work wonderfully together to teach a wide range of skills required for the profession. I am proud now to use what I learned from my classes in a professional setting.
Was there a professor who really impacted your journey into librarianship?
I loved taking the courses of Dr. Hermina Anghelescu. Everything she taught was so relevant and interesting.
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?
The most surprising thing about the library and information science profession is that you truly could work in any field. We are needed (and belong) everywhere!
Do you feel you were well prepared for a career in the library and information profession?
As well as could be expected. I can only say that from personal experience, I am very happy that I made the leap to start a career in the LIS profession.
What advice would you give to someone considering [Wayne’s] SLIS as their library school?
Do it! WSU’s SLIS is a wonderful program and there is no reason to hesitate.