What is your name? What degree you are seeking? What semester/year do you expect to graduate?
Emily Brush. I am seeking a MLIS degree. I plan to graduate in December 2017.
Where you are from originally? How long you’ve been in the area. Did you move here to go to school?
I am from Eastpointe. I have been here my whole life.
What other degrees do you have and where are they from?
I have a BA in English from WSU.
Why did you choose Wayne State School of Library and Information Science?
I already knew students that had gone through and faculty members. And my mentor was a teacher here.
What area are you specializing in? Why?
I am unofficially, in youth services. I worked in youth services in Eastpointe when I was 18.
Where/What format do you take most of your classes? Why?
I take most of my classes online. I have two jobs and it can be difficult to change my schedule each semester. Online makes it easier to work my classes into my schedule.
Are you active in any student organizations?
Last year I was the outreach coordinator for AYSL.
How has your involvement in student organizations impacted your SLIS experience?
Participating in AYSL gave me the opportunity to meet other students with similar career goals and network.
Are you currently doing any library, DCM, Archives or Information Management related work? If so, how has the program prepared you for it?
What are you most proud of in your time as a student at SLIS?
I am most proud of the work I’ve been doing as a youth services intern at the Novi Public Library. I’ve grown so much in my time there and accomplished projects that I never expected- like getting over my fear of doing a storytime!
Is there a professor who has really impacted your journey into becoming a librarian or information professional?
Suzanne Todd had a dramatic impact on my journey to becoming a librarian long before she was actually my instructor. She became my mentor when I worked with her at Eastpointe and I will forever be grateful for her guidance.
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?
I think the most valuable lesson I’ve learned is that I will not always know the answer to a reference question but I have been equipped with the tools and knowledge to find the answers.
Do you feel well prepared for a career in the information profession? Any long-term professional goals?
I feel very grateful for my applied library experience which I believe has prepared me for a professional career.
Have you acquired a position yet? If so, where?
What advice would you give to someone considering SLIS as their LIS school?
It is important to become involved in student organizations and reach out to your professors and students in your classes. Networking is essential in this field!
*Can you tell me 3 cool things about being a GSA or cool/interesting things you’ve worked on as a GSA?
1). In the fall, a few GSAs participated in teaching some of our own instruction sessions for the First Year Seminar program. We talked about how information we see on the internet is often tailored for us individually and how to find reliable information through the library. I was a little nervous because they just threw us right in and told us to swim, but it was probably the best way to learn and I am glad we did it!
2). I’ve also worked with various librarians to create instructional videos. I’ve worked with the English liaison on a few projects and I am beginning some projects with the Social Work liaison and the Shiffman Medical Library.
3). I’ve also had the opportunity to create several Subject of the Month displays and research guides. These projects are fun because as the selector, you get to dive deep into a topic of your choice and highlight lots of different books, articles, videos and other resources on the topic.
-Favorite: Native American Literature for Children & Young Adults. This one was my favorite because it wa the first one I did by myself and I enjoyed having the opportunity to highlight some youth multicultural material that don’t typically receive enough attention.