"This is an excellent program that is rewarding and challenging.."
Q. What’s your name? What degree you are seeking? What semester/year do you expect to graduate?
A. My name is Alyssa Brissett. I am in the MLIS program and I expect to graduate this year at the end of the Spring/Summer semester.
Q. Where are you from originally? Are you in the online or on-campus program?
A. I am originally from Jamaica but have been living in Brooklyn, NY for a number of years so I guess I can say that I am a New Yorker at this point. I am taking classes online so I still live in New York while attending school.
Q. What other degrees do you have and where are they from?
A. I have a BA in English from Cornell University and a MA in Childhood Education from New York University.
Q. Why did you choose Wayne State School of Library and Information Science?
A. I chose Wayne State because it is a great program and has excellent faculty. I was attracted to the challenging online program and so far I am enjoying the experience and meeting classmates from various places.
Q. What area are you specializing in? Why?
A. I am specializing in library services because I enjoy working with the public and assisting users with access and reference.
Q. Where/What format do you take most of your classes? Why?
A. All of my classes are online because it is more convenient and I have a full time job in New York and I wanted to be a part of a program that would allow me to continue working.
Q. Are you active in any student organizations?
A. I am a member of the Future Librarians for Inclusivity and Diversity
Q. How has your involvement in student organizations impacted your SLIS experience?
A. It has allowed me to meet new people, interact with other students in my program learn more about librarians of color who are making a difference in their institutions and think about my role and my position as a future librarian.
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. I am currently employed in an academic library as an Access Services supervisor. The program has helped greatly as I am in my first year supervising. I am learning more about management, collection development and also, through group assignments and projects, enhancing my collaboration and communication skills.
Q. What are you most proud of in your time as a student at SLIS?
A. I am most proud of my ability to handle working full-time while attending classes. I think many people assume that online classes are less demanding but I have found that they are just as demanding as traditional classes. I am proud that I have been able to make connections with other students even though we are in an online environment. The online environment has pushed me to be more interactive and participatory in class which has improved my confidence and helped me to learn more from my classmates and professors.
Q. Is there a professor who has really impacted your journey into becoming a librarian or information professional?
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 am always surprised by how multifaceted the profession is. I like hearing about unconventional librarian roles. I think one of the most important things that I have learned is that librarians should be adaptable, and open to change and also willing to learn.
Q. Do you feel well prepared for a career in the information profession? Any long-term professional goals?
A. I feel prepared. Along with my education at Wayne State, I have experience working in libraries and I feel confident that I have developed the necessary skills that will help me on this journey. Long-term, I am not sure where I see myself but I do think that I am open to new opportunities that are outside of my experiences in academic libraries. I am looking forward to growing in the profession and learning new things from other information professionals.
Q. Have you acquired a position yet? If so, where?
A. No, I have not but I would like to eventually work as a humanities or social sciences librarian in an academic library.
Q. What advice would you give to someone considering SLIS as their LIS school?
A. I would say go for it. This is an excellent program that is rewarding and challenging. It is a great program to meet students from various places and the faculty are dedicated and helpful. The classes are interesting and promote collaboration. You leave each semester having learned something useful and practical.
Alyssa Brisset is a member of SLIS's Project IDOL (Increasing Diversity of Librarians) cohort.