"As an undergraduate student I had the opportunity to work on a digital collection that documented the history of a grassroots civil rights group. That experience spurred my interest in digital content management."
Q: What’s your name? What degree you are seeking? What semester/year do you expect to graduate?
A: Hello, my name is Edras Rodriguez-Torres and I’m an MLIS student. I plan on graduating in August of 2015.
Q: Where are you from originally? Did you move here to go to school?
A: I’m originally from Puerto Rico by way of Grand Rapids Michigan. I moved to Detroit two years ago in order to attend the SIS and take advantage of the on campus experience.
Q: What other degrees do you have and where are they from?
A: I have an Associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Grand Valley State University.
Q: Why did you choose Wayne State School of Information Sciences?
A: I chose SLIS because of its fantastic reputation and its location.
Q: What area are you specializing in? Why?
A: I’m specializing in Digital Content Management. As an undergraduate student I had the opportunity to work on a digital collection that documented the history of a grassroots civil rights group. That experience spurred my interest in digital content management.
Q: Where/What format do you take most of your classes? Why?
A: Most of my classes have been online because of their availability.
Q: Are you active in any student organizations?
A: I’m a member of ALA and a part EMIERT (Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table).
Q: How has your involvement in student organizations impacted your SLIS experience?
A: My involvement in ALA has exposed me to many current trends and issues to which I would not have been aware of otherwise. It also gave me the opportunity to be eligible for and be awarded participation in the 2015 ALA Student-to-Staff Program in San Francisco.
Q: Are you currently doing any library, DCM, Archives or Information Management related work? If so, how has the program prepared you for it?
A: No, although I look forward to it in the near future.
Q: What are you most proud of in your time as a student at SLIS?
A: During my time at SLIS I have had the opportunity to work on many interesting projects and meet lots of wonderful people. Those experiences have helped me to grow academically and professionally and that’s what I’m most proud of.
Q: Is there a professor who has really impacted your journey into becoming a librarian or information professional?
A: Professor Schroeder has been really influential during my time in the program. Her classes are always engaging and she is really knowledgeable. She has also encouraged me to work on projects related to digital content management outside the classroom in order to gain hands-on real world experience.
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: Although my perception of the profession was not limited to just that of the “traditional” librarian, I was really surprised how dynamic it truly is. LIS professionals work in all kinds of institutions and have so many different titles and roles. That is why it is important to keep up with current trends and techniques in order to be a flexible and forward thinking LIS professional.
Q: Do you feel well prepared for a career in the information profession? Any long-term professional goals?
A: SLIS has definitely prepared me for the profession. All of the things I’ve learned and the experiences I’ve had during my time in the program have encouraged and helped me to grow both academically and professionally. In the future I plan on pursuing my Ph.D. in History in order to further my research on the oral histories of the native peoples and immigrants of Detroit.
Q: What advice would you give to someone considering SLIS as their LIS school?
A: My advice is to get involved! Whether it is student organizations, internships, or volunteer opportunities, getting involved is vital to your LIS education. It is truly the case that your degree and LIS education is what you make. Through these types of experiences you will learn about leadership and advocacy all while developing practical skills.