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Zsa-Zsa Booker

Zsa-Zsa Booker
"The program here at WSU is awesome and you will definitely learn from your instructors, your environment and your peers. I am so happy that I chose this field and this program in particular. It has truly opened many doors for me and I am grateful."

Q: What's your name? What degree did you receive? When did you graduate? 
A: Zsa-Zsa Booker, MLIS class of 2012.

Q: What other degrees do you have and where are they from? 
A: Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science from Marygrove College.

Q: Why did you choose Wayne State School of Library and Information Science? 
A: Because I am a Gates Millennium Scholar (GMS), I was prompted to find out more about this degree while in my undergrad. LIS is one of the seven graduate degree fields that the GMS program funds. After doing some research I found that WSU offered one of the best LIS program with most flexibility and I was sold.

Q: What is your area of concentration? Why? 
A: My concentration is in Academic Libraries but I am very interested in urban librarianship and literacy initiatives in this area. Academic Libraries is my concentration because I would love to teach library science at a university one day.

Q: Where/What class format did you use for most of your classes? Why?
A: I was not an online student, but took half of my classes online. It was a nice mix of being on and off campus.

Q: Are you active in any student/professional organizations? 
A: I am currently looking to join BCALA and APALA, two ethnic organizations under the ALA umbrella. While a student in the program I was a member of the Progressive Librarian Guild.

Q: How has your involvement in student/professional organizations impacted your SLIS and professional experience? 
A: N/A.

Q: Are you currently doing any library related work? If so, how has the program prepared you for it? 
A: I am not currently doing any library work, but I am working on my PhD in Education, Evaluation, and Research with my cognate being Library and Information Science. After completing my PhD I plan to teach LIS and evaluate LIS programs here and abroad.

Q: What were you most proud of in library school? What are you most proud of now that you are in the profession? 
A: I was most proud of receiving the Book Stock scholarship award. It felt nice to be recognized for my academic abilities but also my goals and missions to help support urban libraries and literacy initiatives.

Q: Was there a professor who really impacted your journey into librarianship?
A: N/A.

Q: Since graduating from this program, what do you feel is the most important or surprising thing you've learned about the library and information science profession? 
A: One thing that I have noticed is that having an MLIS degree makes people respect you more. It's weird but everyone always assumes that I am extremely smart (and I am :)).That actually helps me to build good relationships with people.

Q: Do you feel you were well prepared for a career in the library and information profession? 
A: I do feel that I am prepared for a career in LIS, I try to make sure that I volunteer when I can so that I am active in the field while pursuing my PhD.

Q: What professional accomplishments have you achieved since graduating from the program?
A: Since graduating from the program I gained admittance into a PhD program and maintained my status, I have landed a position as a Data Analyst where I do data analysis and report writing for a private company, I have maintained my position at WSU as a Study Skills Specialist for the Academic Success Center (ASC), and I have maintained my status as a Bill and Melinda Gates Scholar.

Q: What advice would you give to someone considering [Wayne's] SLIS as their library school? 
A: The program here at WSU is awesome and you will definitely learn from your instructors, your environment and your peers. I am so happy that I choose this field and this program in particular. It has truly opened many doors for me and I am grateful.

Dr. Zsa-Zsa Booker is the Student Life and Career Services Coordinator at Marygrove College in Detroit, Michigan.