Maria Nuccilli is a current SLIS student earning her MLIS and Information Management Certificate. She also works as a Graduate Student Assistant in the Wayne State Library System.
Maria was interviewed by student LaTeesa James.
What’s your name? What degree are you seeking? What semester/year do you expect to graduate?
Maria Nuccilli. I am seeking a MLIS and an information management certificate. I plan to graduate in December 2017.
Where are you from originally? If you moved to the Detroit area to attend Wayne State, where do you currently reside?
I grew up in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI. I currently live in Hazel Park, MI., where I’ve been for the past three years.
What other degrees do you have and where are they from?
I have a BA in English with a minor in Art, from Wayne State University.
Why did you choose Wayne State School of Library and Information Science?
A few friends of mine had been through the program and recommended it.
What area are you specializing in? Why?
I’m focusing on archives, as well as user experience. I think usability is an important issue for ensuring the continued relevance of archives in the digital age and is easy to overlook in a field that is largely analog.
Where/What format do you take most of your classes? Why?
The majority of my classes have been online, but I’ve enjoyed taking aarchives classesin person.
Are you active in any student organizations?
No, but I am a member of MLA.
Are you currently doing any library, DCM, Archives or Information Management related work? If so, how has the program prepared you for it?
I work as a GSA in University Libraries, and am currently working as an archive intern at Carhart. In the past, I worked at Allied Vauhgn as an indexer, and the National Archives as an intern through Alternate Spring Break. My classes and outside jobs have complimented each other nicely! I wouldn’t absorb as much from my classes if I weren’t working in the field.
What are you most proud of in your time as a student at SLIS?
I’m the most proud of getting my research poster on Guerrilla Usability Testing accepted to the ACRL New England Conference in Vermont-I’ll be presenting this May!
Is there a professor who has really impacted your journey into becoming a librarian or information professional?Kim Schroeder-she always pushes us students to explore as much as we can, get experience and have confidence in ourselves.
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’ve come to realize how vital libraries, and all information institutions, for that matter, are for the greater good.
Do you feel well prepared for a career in the information profession? Any long-term professional goals?
As prepared as I can be! SLIS really encourages students to go out and get real- world experience and for that I am grateful. Ultimately, my goal as a future professional is to ensure the accessability and usability of cultural objects, and promote information literacy and visual scholarship.
Have you acquired a position yet? If so, where?
Not, yet, but I’ll hopefully find something soon after I graduate in December 2017!
What advice would you give to someone considering SLIS as their LIS school?
Grad school is what you make it! Don’t rush through the program-intern, research, present. You only get one chance to be in school, so make the most of it and figure out what you like and what you don’t like while you’re still learning!
Can you share some cool things about being a GSA or cool/interesting things you’ve worked on as a GSA?
1) Working with Discovery and Innovation on weekly usability testing of the library website. Every week, we run quick guerrilla tests with student in UGL to discover usability problems. By doing it regularly, we’re able to make positive incremental changes and make resources easier for students and faculty to discover! We’ve recently started testing the mobile version of the homepage, and our future plans include redesigning the catalog to fix problems we’ve identified through feedback.
2). I’m hosting a webinar on guerrilla usability testing with our web developer, Alex Binno, at MLA in March. And in May, I’ll be traveling to ACRL in Vermont to present a poster on the topic.
3) The other thing I enjoy about being a GSA is getting to make a difference with students and faculty at the reference desk. I have a customer service background, so helping people and making them happy is one of the most satisfying things I get to do, whether it’s aiding with research or teaching someone something new on the computer. Being involved in usability testing has allowed me to take this passion one step further and its something I never would have gotten to do without being a GSA!