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Centennial Library

November 18, 2016

A record number of students from a wide variety of academic majors attended the 11th Annual Library Careers Dinner on Monday, November 14, 2016 in the Center for Biblical & Theological Studies. Hosted by the Centennial Library, the event allows students from all majors and all levels of interest to learn more about the career options available in libraries and in related fields such as museums, archives, etc.

img_8037Following a dinner catered by Sara Campbell of Silver Spoon Event Planning, the 2016 Centennial Library Interns, English majors Sharon Tapia, Shaune Young, and Laura Ullom, provided information about the library’s internship course and shared their experiences. Sue Jeffery, Head Librarian at the Cedarville Community Library, described the new and innovative ways that public libraries are engaging with their communities, as well as her own personal journey from a career in IT, through volunteer experiences around the world, to a master’s degree in library science and the opportunity to serve the town of Cedarville. University and public librarians, alumni working in libraries and attending graduate school for the master’s degree in library & information science, and Career Services staff answered student questions and encouraged them to continue their exploration of the library field.

According to freshman Journalism major Suzanna Slack, “Learning about the opportunities from a fellow student’s point was really interesting to me. I really enjoyed it! ”

Sophomore Marketing & Spanish major Marlana Madonna said, “The event expanded my knowledge of the influence the public library system has on the community. I enjoyed learning more about the variety of tasks libraries do and how they serve their patrons. It was a great encouragement to know that the library system is not losing its value or utility even with technological advances.”

Students who are interested in more information are encouraged to contact Julie Deardorff, coordinator of the Library Careers Program, for more information about the internship course, as well as the less time intensive Career Exploration and job shadowing opportunities.

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