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I am an aspiring librarian who has recently graduated from Syracuse University's iSchool, otherwise known as the School of Information Studies. Before coming to Syracuse, I attended Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and graduated in May 2012. I was a Classics major and Chemistry minor, which gave me the opportunity to explore my interests while allowing me to receive a broad liberal arts education. Chemistry allowed me to discover my passion for science but Classics showed me that I loved to research interesting facts. This combined with my addiction to reading gave me the idea to pursue a degree in library science. In May 2014 I completed my graduate studies to gain a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS).
I chose to focus my studies on reference and instruction because of my previous positions at Gettysburg College in the Chemistry Department. As a teaching assistant and a Peer Learning Associate, I worked closely with the students and conducted weekly homework review sessions.
These positions allowed me to develop my customer service skills as I juggled the needs of both the individual students and the group as a whole to better promote their learning. Within one of my classes I have also expanded my experience in library instruction by creating and teaching an in-depth information literacy session aimed at freshman in a health sciences setting. Throughout my time at the iSchool, I have taken several courses above and beyond the required reference techniques course which I have applied to both my summer internship as well as my position at Upstate’s Health Sciences Library. I have a keen interest in reference librarianship and am eager to bring my skills to work as a reference librarian in a health sciences setting.