Adam Joseph-Abraham Mosseri
"I received some advice when I first started out as a new member of the MLIS program and I will offer the same advice now; Jump In With Both Feet! Do everything and anything you can while you are an MLIS graduate student."
Q. What's your name?What degree you are seeking?What semester/year do you expect to graduate?
A. My name is Adam Joseph-Abraham Mosseri. I am seeking an MLIS and a graduate certificate in Archival Administration. I expect to graduate in the winter semester of 2015.
Q. Where are you from originally? How long have you been in the area? Did you move here to go to school?
I am originally from Garden City, MI, before my family moved to West Bloomfield, MI in 2001. I have been living in Southeast, MI all of my life. I moved closer to Detroit, MI to come to Wayne State University.
Q. What other degrees do you have and where are they from?
A. I have a two Bachelors of Science degrees from Eastern Michigan University; one in Anthropology and the other is in History.
Q. Why did you choose Wayne State School of Library and Information Science?
A. I originally came to Wayne State University for the M.A. History program and the archival administration certification. I really did not have the ability to go out of the State for graduate school and Wayne was nearby. Wayne State also had some of the most affordable graduate tuition in the State of Michigan when I was applying to programs. After completing several courses in the Library and Information Science program I made the decision to switch programs completely, and work towards an MLIS degree. I had taken Administration of Visual Collections with Professor Kim Schroeder, and Archival Administration with Professor Jones, and Administration of Historical Agencies with Professor Campbell and it was after excitedly completing these courses, that I made the decision to switch concentrations. It was the best decision I have ever made and I am truly thankful for all of the opportunities that I have received as a member of this program.
Q. What area are you specializing in? Why?
A. I am specializing in archival administration and the digital content management of born digital collection. I chose to specialize in these areas, because I enjoy them and I like to organize information.
Q. Where/What format do you take most of your classes?Why?
A. The vast majority of my classes were taken on campus. I did this because, many of the archival courses are on campus, but also because I learn better in a classroom.
Q. Are you active in any student organizations?
A. Yes. I am the current National Digital Stewardship Alliance president.
Q. How has your involvement in student organizations impacted your SLIS experience?
A. My involvement in NDSA has impacted my SLIS experience greatly. I have had the opportunity to present at, local, state, and national conferences, work on practical work related digital preservation projects, received internships, received job offers, make connections with my professors and fellow student colleagues, and make my time at Wayne State really mean something.
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 with the Detroit Jewish News Foundation as the M. Jacob & Sons Fellow in archival services, and more recently I have been named as the Project Director of the Great Eastern Cataloguing Project. The MLIS School prepared me by allowing me to take elective courses that really focused on archival management and the core courses, like Professor Neville's organization of knowledge course set me up with the tools and skills I would need to be able to go out into the work place.
Q. Is there a professor who has really impacted your journey into becoming a librarian or information professional?
A. Each and every single professor that I had had the pleasure of interacting with, have all had a profound impact on my archival aspirations. With that in mind, I have to say that Kim Schroeder has really been the person that has had the largest impact not only on my career, but as well as on my life. She was the first instructor that gave me my first glimpse of what it can be like to be a member of this community. When I was in Administration of Visual Collection, we had a mini-practicum and I was placed at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology at the University of Michigan. I really had no idea what I was doing and it was one of those defining sink or swim moments for me and Ms. Schroder kept on encouraging me to just go for it. She also gave me my first opportunity to work on a project (Fedora) with real practical application to the job market and to present at a conference. Kim Schroeder not only encourages your abstract plans or idea, she goes the extra 100 miles when you need support implementing to ideas or plans in an academic and practical way. I could go on for a couple of pages on how she has impacted my journey, so I will conclude with stating that I can't imagine a LIS program at WSU without her as an instructor. I owe her lots of thanks and gratitude.
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. That no matter what you think might be impossible, it can actually be possible as long as you are willing to put in the effort.
Q. Do you feel well prepared for a career in the information profession?
A. Yes. No doubt about it.
Q. What advice would you give to someone considering SLIS as their LIS School?
A. I received some advice when I first started out as a new member of the MLIS program and I will offer the same advice now; Jump In With Both Feet! Do everything and anything you can while you are an MLIS graduate student.