Spotlights

  • Meet the GSA

    Meet the dynamic group of students who work as Graduate Student Assistants for the WSU Library System and SIS.

  • Crystal Jolly-Washington
    Library services

    “I am so proud to have held the position of Diversity Graduate Student Assistant for SIS. It gave me the opportunity to spread the word about viable...

  • Jesse Alexander Lopez
    Library services

    Wayne State introduced me to the profession and emphasized the importance of getting practical/professional experience during graduate school.

  • Allie Penn
    Archives and digital content management

    "You never really understand the complexities of archives until you're in an archive working with materials."

  • Matthew Wilcox
    Archives and digital content management

    Matthew Wilcox, MLIS ’14, is an Audiovisual Archivist for the media preservation unit of the Michigan State University Libraries.

  • Amber Harrison
    Archives and digital content management

    Amber Harrison is a 2021 graduate of the MLIS/MAPH (Master in Public History) dual degree program.

  • Karen Turk
    Library services

    Karen Turk is the Local History/Archives Librarian for the Sterling Heights Public Library and Upton House Museum.

  • Jodi Coalter
    Information management

    Jodi Coalter received the University of Maryland's 2021 Gemstone Honors Program Librarian of the Year Award.

  • Amy Hermon
    Library services

    Hermon is is the host of School Librarians United, a weekly podcast for and by school librarians.

  • Theo Gill
    Library services

    "I realized that I wanted to pursue a career in librarianship and chose WSU because of its program and its availability."

  • Cindy Hohl
    Library services

    "As a leader, there is no greater opportunity than to serve others, and when you add a career in librarianship to that vision, you will never work ano...

  • Heather Kapanka
    Library services

    “Today’s media centers need to have a balance between a strong collection of books to support a love of reading while also providing opportunities...

  • Halimah Rosanally
    Information management

    "Project Management, one of the core MSIM courses, was essential in my new role this year; everything in that course I could directly apply to my work...

  • Jennifer McKnight
    Information management

    "Information is like candy; I love candy. I also love sharing my candy because it might make others happy as well. Nowadays, we have plenty of candy; ...

  • Ana Corral
    Library services

    "Part of the reason why I picked Wayne was because it had so much practical application...One of the great things about Wayne is the projects I did ha...

  • Latasha and Juanika LaSalle
    Library services

    On a daily basis I see myself in my patrons. I see the trustworthy teenagers, the ambitious college students, and accomplished adults. I know this is ...

  • Saba Al-Hachami
    Library services

    "My desire to ensure all patrons, no matter what language they speak, have access to information and community resources drove me to pursue a career a...

  • Katherine Emrich
    Library services

    In the special collections room I got to see parts of history and innovation that I had never considered important before. It made me change the way I...

  • Paula Montgomery
    Information management

    I liked the way the courses overlapped and one related to another.  I frequently referred to a reading from one class for a paper for a different cla...

  • Sheila Garcia
    Library services

    “I would encourage anyone to not be afraid to speak up. It is a small profession, so I know that some people feel very self-conscious about speaking...

  • SIS Shining Stars

    53 Outstanding Alumni who have made an impact on the world of library and information science

  • Melanie Emerson
    Library services
    “In this field you are able to help people through their educational experience in a variety of ways,” she said. “Librarians and arc...
  • Rafia Sultana
    Information management
    "I came to realize that working with databases and large data sets is more interesting and challenging. And the most exciting part of working wit...
  • Carady DeSimone
    Archives and digital content management

    "Making connections is the key to success in an online-only program. I would encourage students to get involved with a state or regional archive or l...

  • Justine Cucchi
    Library services

    Go for it and don’t give up – it is so important to get out there and build a brand for yourself. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

  • Daniel Patton
    Library services

    If you have the time or opportunity to give back, I highly encourage you to do so.

  • Sarah Smith
    Archives and digital content management

    "I came across Wayne State's Joint MLIS and MA in History Degree Program by chance and it ended up being the only program I applied to."

  • Sara Quimby
    Library services

    “We had a series of internships that were really amazing. I worked with the Detroit Opera House, The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, at Wayne State with...

  • Steven Kowalik
    Library services

    I’ve been very fortunate in my professional life. I found the perfect job for me right off the bat. When I found my way to library science I knew th...

  • Matt Church
    Library services
    I really like the life-long learning that they provide from baby time, story times all the way up to learning programs for seniors. Q: Did you go t...
  • Aaron LaFromboise
    Library services
    "If you want a good foundation then Wayne State SLIS can give you that... Being able to stay in my current position was crucial, I felt that I ...
  • Jacqueline Freeman
    Library services
    "I would encourage someone considering SLIS and wanting to work in a library ultimately to already be working in a library."   Q....
  • Edras Rodriguez-Torres
    Archives and digital content management
    "As an undergraduate student I had the opportunity to work on a digital collection that documented the history of a grassroots civil rights group...
  • Joseph Gajda
    Information management

    "The database design and data analytics course have greatly improved my skill level in my current role."

  • Sandra Svoboda
    Archives and digital content management
    A love for data and journalism, along with a chance meeting over hot chocolate, propelled Sandra Svoboda's entry into the MLIS program in the summ...
  • Nick Ruest
    Information management

    Alumnus Nick Ruest, MLIS '07, is Digital Assets Librarian at York University in Toronto, Ontario.

  • Stacey Trarop
    Information management

    Alumna Stacey Trarop works at the Knowledge Center at Ford Motor Company World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan.

  • Mike Dutkewych
    Archives and digital content management
    "Dutkewych has found purpose as he pursues his interest in archival work, whether it's digitizing Detroit soul 45s or increasing access to a ...
  • Ryan Ennis
    Library services
    "Dr. Dian Walster was my advisor and professor for several classes while I attended Wayne State. Her assignments were always worthwhile and her p...
  • Arjun Sabharwal
    Archives and digital content management

    Arjun Sabharwal is Associate Professor of Library Administration and Digital Initiatives Librarian for the University of Toledo.

  • Megan Garza Ruest
    Library services
    "I love that public librarians get the opportunity to help people directly in the community." Where are you now? What is your title? Mar...
  • Marisa Conte
    Information management

    Alumna Marisa Conte is Associate Director of the Research and Informatics Unit at the University of Michigan's Taubman Health Sciences Library.

  • Brad Czerniak
    Information management
    Come to Wayne State and get involved in the program. Learn as much as you possibly can. If you're in the Detroit area, definitely spend time on ca...
  • JC Brown
    Library services
    "Librarianship, in a sense, is a soft form of social wor—helping people find information—whether it be for entertainment purposes or ...
  • Allia McCoy
    Library services

    Since joining the program, the most surprising thing I have learned is how multi-faceted the opportunities are in the field of information Sciences.

  • Laura Kennedy
    Archives and digital content management

    "My involvement in student organizations was very beneficial to my SIS experience. I was able to meet like-minded students and work on some really int...