"There are lots of opportunities in the private sector for the MLIS degree... Student organizations have helped tremendously because I am able to see what professionals in the field are currently doing. "
Q. What’s your name?
A. Lauren Bobcik
Q. What degree you are seeking?
Q. What semester/year do you expect to graduate?
A. December 2015
Q. Where you’re from originally?
A. Lansing, MI
Q. How long you’ve been in the area?
A. I moved to Farmington in 2012.
Q. Did you move here to go to school?
A. No. I moved to Farmington to teach music and then moved to Oak Park to teach music in 2013. Now I am in Ferndale.
Q. What other degrees do you have and where are they from?
A. I have a Bachelors in Music Education from Michigan State University.
Q. Why did you choose Wayne State School of Library and Information Science?
A. I choose it because the program was close by and the rolling admissions made it so I could enroll when I wanted to. I was able to start it earlier.
Q. What area are you specializing in?
A. User Experience.
A. Because I feel that people should have access to information and since the Internet is becoming the most likely place where people are going for information and it should be designed for people to have easy access.
Q. Where/What format do you take most of your classes? Why?
A. I take my classes online because that is the only way they are offered.
Q. Are you active in any student organizations?
A. No, but I am active in the professional organizations: UX Detroit and the Information Architecture Institute.
Q. How has your involvement in student organizations impacted your SLIS experience?
A. They have helped tremendously because I am able to see what professionals in the field are currently doing and I have met a lot of supportive people in the field who have helped me while getting my degree.
Q. Are you currently doing any library, DCM, Archives or Information Management related work?
A. I am. I am doing UX /information architecture work now for SLIS. And I will be doing it in the field that I am going into.
Q. If so, how has the program prepared you for it?
A. Advice from career advising, the Information Architecture course, the Human Computer Interaction course, and the Scripting Languages course--which has enabled me to be able to converse with really technical people for my upcoming job-- have helped me. The career advising gave me the information to get into the professional organizations.
Q. What are you most proud of in your time as a student at SLIS?
A. I am most proud of my work during my internship at Team Detroit in the summer of 2015.
Q. Is there a professor who has really impacted your journey into becoming a librarian or information professional?
A. Dr. Pecoskie. Her course work and her support in exploring information architecture have helped me decide to do information architecture. She was very encouraging.
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. I think the surprising thing (in a good way) is that its not just about libraries and that you can do a lot with the degree and there are lots of opportunities in the private sector for this degree.
Q. Do you feel well prepared for a career in the information profession?
Q. Any long-term professional goals?
A. Not yet but I am sure I will develop some eventually.
Q. Have you acquired a position yet? If so, where?
A. Yes, at MRM Mccann Digital Marketing Agency.
Q. What advice would you give to someone considering SLIS as their LIS school?
A. I would say use the flexibility to your advantage and make the degree what you want it to be and get out into the professional world to get to know what they are doing before you graduate.