What is your name? What degree you are seeking? What semester/year do you expect to graduate?
My name is Devin Hodgson and I am graduating with my masters of library and information science. I am also receiving a graduate certificate in information management. I will complete my degree at the end of August 2017 and the certificate in December 2017.
Where do you currently reside? If you moved to metro Detroit to attend SLIS, where did you move from?
I live in Lansing, Michigan.
What other degrees do you have and where are they from?
I have a bachelor of social work from Ferris State University.
Why did you choose Wayne State School of Library and Information Science?
I chose Wayne because I was able to get in state tuition and be an online student. I also heard great things about the program and wanted to stick with a school in Michigan. Also, I found that other universities a lot more expensive!
What area are you specializing in? Why?
Information Management, because I currently work in information technology and have for many years. I wanted a specialization that I could use outside of the library world-just in case🙂
Where/What format do you take most of your classes? Why?
I take all my classes online because it is more flexible! I work two part-time jobs and go to school full time. I need to be able to work at my own pace.
Are you currently doing any library, DCM, Archives or Information Management related work? If so, how has the program prepared you for it?
I currently work for Michigan State University Libraries and the Library of Michigan. I took a scripting languages class and am taking a web design class right now. These two courses gave me the opportunity to work with the web services department of MSU libraries and create a web page using PHP HTML and SQL. This part of the web page is going to be featured at a conference this fall.
What are you most proud of in your time as a student at SLIS?
I am extremely proud that I was the recipient of the Judith J. Field Scholarship. This scholarship focuses on out of the box thinking, innovation, and creativity. These are all things I pride myself on.
I am also proud of how far I have come with web design. A year ago, I never would have thought I would be able to create a website that looks nice and performs.
Is there a professor who has really impacted your journey into becoming a librarian or information professional?Professor Bin Li was my advisor and professor. She pushed me towards the information management path and I am very glad she did! It has opened more doors for me than I could have imagined!
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?
That you don’t have to be a librarian after graduation. This degree has prepared me for a career in information that I could apply to almost any business or corporation.
How has SLIS helped you in your preparation for your future career?
It has provided me a great foundation for an information career- in libraries or otherwise. I was surprised at how much my current job aligned with what I was learning in some of my courses.
What are your long-term professional goals?
One day soon I hope to be a professional academic librarian. I have interests in web services and community outreach librarianship. Eventually, I can see myself in a supervisory position.
What advice would you give to someone considering SLIS as their LIS school?
Make sure you know that this is for you. It is a big investment! Get as much library experience as you can, in your area of interest. There is a lot of competition in this field, so you need to set yourself apart. Plus, these experiences allow for networking which is worth a lot more than I once thought!