The SLIS Alumni Association held a Brown Bag Lunch for all SLIS students on Friday, September 10th, 2010.
Current students learned about the benefits of joining the SLIS Alumni Association. The President of the Alumni Board and other members provided a panel discussion on job/career search strategies. Attendees gained information about the role the association can play in students’ lives as they move forward after graduation. The panel consisted of James Wiser, current president of the board; Courtney Greene, his predecessor; Patricia Court; and Neal Starkey, Manager of the Klondike Branch of the Tippecanoe County Public Library. Mr. Wiser opened by stating that IU SLIS students have an advantage going onto the job market simply due to the positive reputation of our school. However, after the first few years, it becomes necessary to distinguish ourselves. This spoke to what Pat Court said about the library science field being about education; we must learn to self-educate once we are no longer in a classroom setting in which our education is guided. Both Wiser and Greene spoke of their unconventional entrée into librarianship, and Court stated that her current subfield is not the same one as when she began her career. They pursued professional development to improve the library field and themselves in each of their incarnations as librarians on the road to their current positions. One of the panel’s final comments concerned the advantage of networking both formally and informally at events such as the SLIS alumni reception at the upcoming ILF conference.