Alyssa Key is a first year MLIS student at San Jose State University. After completing her undergraduate degree in Sociology at California State University, Northridge last May after seven years of continuous work, she took some time to figure out her next steps; which ultimately led her to SJSU. Having taken an interdisciplinary approach to her undergraduate studies, she loves how the MLIS curriculum draws from various subjects simultaneously and allows her to apply her wide-ranging academic interests to a fulfilling career path, like archives and records. Also, being the avid reader she is, books have always been a constant in her life. So, she is excited to pursue that love professionally. Outside of school and reading, she enjoys writing, photography, listening to and expanding her music library, watching television, spending time with her family, friends, and pets, traveling, and completing creative projects. HLS is her first contributing writer position.
Caroline Hron Weigle is a first year MLIS student in Wayne State University’s online program. She received Bachelors degrees in Arabic, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Comparative Cultures and Politics from Michigan State University. She has lived abroad in Morocco, and worked as a camp counselor, teacher, and barista. She is excited about the many possible applications of an MLIS degree, and hopes to use her time as a student to learn as many new skills as possible. Currently, she lives in Connecticut. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, crafting, and spoiling her puppy. You can find her on Twitter at @hronweigle and can find more of her writing on her personal blog, www.libraryschoolknockout.com.
Catherine Nelsen is an MLIS student at San José State University. Recently, she was accepted as the editor-in-chief for the Student Research Journal. She also has also been an active member of the First Generation Student Group, for which she has been the social media coordinator since Fall of 2019. Catherine holds an A.A. in English from Reedley College and a B.A. in English literature from Fresno State University. Currently, she works as a library technician for an elementary school that she attended when growing up. When she isn’t working, Catherine enjoys reading Young Adult and New Adult fantasy novels.
Conrrado Saldivar is an online MLIS student at the University of Washington. He currently works as an adult services specialist at the public library in his hometown of Casper, WY, where he teaches technology classes, staffs the reference desk, haphazardly develops the DVD and video game collections, and leads programs. His interests include EDI, library leadership, and emerging technologies in the public library world. When not stuck inside due to work, school, or the weather, Conrrado enjoys walking along the river, hiking on the mountain, and playing softball with his family.
Emily Wros is pursuing her MS/LIS at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her undergraduate degree is in History, and her career goals become less defined every day. She aspires to be recruited into a society of radical underground librarians who hold clandestine meetings at the British Museum. Emily spent several years organizing the backroom stock of a retail store, until one day she realized she could do that with books instead. When not studying or defending metadata standards, you can find Emily reading about the late nineteenth century and conducting amateur reviews of all the CSAs in town.
Jane Behre is an MLIS student at the University of Maryland. At UMD, she is the coordinator for the First Year Book Program and a member of the Research & Teaching Fellowship’s 2021 cohort. She holds a B.A. in Theatre from Barnard College, Columbia University, and worked professionally backstage for two years before deciding to make the switch to library science. Within the field, her interests include academic librarianship (with a focus on the performing arts), research & instruction, and information literacy. She aims to learn more about programming, metadata, and management throughout her degree. In her free time, she enjoys cooking for her friends and family, listening to podcasts, and, of course, going to the theater.
Joanne Chern is a second-year student in the Master’s of LIbrary and Information Science program at the University of Washington, where she is focusing on teen librarianship. She is interested in topics of equity and diversity in librarianship, as well as how different media formats can be used to facilitate learning. Originally from California, Joanne has also lived and worked abroad in Taiwan and Malaysia. In her spare time, she enjoys trying out new recipes with friends, reading fantasy fiction, and sharing goofy photos of her dogs.
Lauren Bauer is a lifelong Los Angeleno and is in the first half of the all-online MLIS program at San José State University. She works with circulation, ILL, and course reserves at a community college library, and hopes to stay in the academic library world after graduation. Her academic focus is on instruction, information literacy, student worker management, resource sharing, and cataloging. Previously she worked as a page and public library assistant, wrote and edited for the LA Zoo magazine and website, and loaned people her corkscrew as an usher at the Hollywood Bowl. She likes Star Wars and indoor cycling, plays trombone in the Lancaster Community Orchestra, and posts rarely and mostly about movies on Twitter at @darthbookworm3.
Lauren Bourdages is a library technician at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario Canada, where, as the Copyright & Reserves Supervisor she handles copyright clearance requests, course reserves, and coursepack publication. She earned her BA at Laurier in ’09 and her BEd there in ’10. After that, she left Laurier for a few years to earn her Library Technician diploma at Conestoga College (’13) before getting hired by the Laurier Library as a Reserves & User Services Associate in 2014. Lauren starts her MLIS at the University of Alberta in the Fall 2019 semester, she’ll be doing the program online on a part-time basis while she continues working at her job. She plans to focus on copyright, open education, and electronic libraries. In her spare time she reads, a lot, plays video games, role plays, and does volunteer work here and there. You can learn more about Lauren by checking out her about.me page.
Mary Elizabeth Allen is an MLIS student at San Jose State University. She holds a B.A. in Literature with an emphasis in Fiction Writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She also works at the University Library at UC Santa Cruz as the Circulation Student Manager. Her professional interests include the intersections between critical librarianship and social justice, the history of information sharing, and radical feminist scholarship. You can find more of Mary’s work at www.marylizallen.com or follow her on Twitter @marylizallen for a random collection of depressing thoughts and cat memes.
Macy Davis was born and raised in a small town in Kansas. She is a 2019 graduate of Kansas State University with a BA in English literature and creative writing. She is currently a student in the MA Children’s Literature/MS Library and Information Science dual degree program at Simmons University in Boston. Macy’s career goal is to return to a rural area as a youth services librarian. Her professional interests include youth services librarianship, rural and small libraries, and representations of rural America in children’s literature. In addition to being a library student, Macy is a published poet and a budding embroidery artist. She’s obsessed with FieldNotes notebooks, a well-organized bookshelf, her kitten Zorro, and spending sunny Saturday afternoons in Boston’s Public Garden. You can find Macy on social media @bookishlybright.
Sarah McKenna is an MLIS student at the University of Maryland – College Park. She completed her undergraduate degrees in History and Political Science at Penn State and earned Schreyer Honors Distinction with her History degree. Previously, she worked within the archives of several museums, including the Matson Museum of Anthropology and Gettysburg National Military Park. Currently, she works on the Historic Maryland Newspaper Project in addition to serving as a graduate assistant in
the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at UMD. Along with her broader interests in academic, government, and law libraries, Sarah also has an interest in access, digitization, and helping patrons with research. She also loves sharing her favorite ways to unwind and destress from school. Finally, her ultimate dream job is to work in the Supreme Court library! In her spare time, you can find her drinking a lot coffee, cheering for (or stressing over) Penn State and Philadelphia sports, tracing her family tree,
swimming, and cooking.