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Freshly Minted – Robyn Schafer

September 4, 2013

MLIS Student, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, Western University

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I am attending the Western University (formally the University of Western Ontario) MLIS program.

What are your classes like? Which is your favorite so far, and why?

4/5 classes are great. I feel that the electives are exceptional. My favorite class is Children, Information and Media with Dr. McKechnie. The seminar structure is challenging but rewarding and the diverse subject matter is eye opening.

Is there one aspect of librarianship that surprises you that you were not expecting when you started the MLIS program? What is it?

The passion of the students and teachers. Librarians really do care about what they do and they strive to do it well. It is refreshing to be part of such an energetic and motivated industry.

What was it that initially drove you to librarianship?

My drive to learn, the excitement of research and desire to share what I know. Also I suppose a bit of it is that I always thought librarians were cool. In my experience they are not information gatekeepers, but are knowledge facilitators. I have always had a deep respect for librarians. To become one would be an honor.

If you could work anywhere, and do anything with information, what would your dream job look like?

I plan on never leaving university, so my next step is a PhD or academic librarianship. I would love to work for an institution where I can learn, research and share.

If someone were considering going to library school, what would you advise them about?

Have an idea of what you want to do and go to the school that best matches your ambitions. Each of the ALA certified programs have something different to offer. Also, contact anyone you can to ask questions about the program, their experiences and where they are now. Information professionals are super friendly and are happy help.

What do you think is the most important aspect of being an information professional today?

Finding your passion, staying inspired and continuing your education. It is an ever changing field, you need to be flexible and willing to take chances.

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