Stacie Schmidt, a 2011 graduate of Cedarville University, met with students interested in library careers on Thursday, April 20, at the Centennial Library. Stacie earned her master’s degree in library & information science from UCLA and currently serves as Reference & Instruction Librarian at Biola University in California.
Stacie shared her personal journey from an initial interest in library work and especially archives, to her realization that she was better suited for a position that involved more interaction with people. She illustrated her talk with photographs from the fascinating internships that she did while in graduate school. Stacie provided advice to current students and answered their questions about graduate school, gaining work experience, and the job search process. The students who attended the event represented a variety of academic majors. Some plan to start their own MLIS programs next year, while others are just beginning to explore the idea of a career working in libraries or archives.
While majoring in History at Cedarville, Stacie was employed as a Circulation Services student assistant at the Centennial Library and also completed the Centennial Library internship course. As a graduate student at UCLA, she worked at the university’s Powell Library and interned at George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch Library, the 20th Century Fox Research Library, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.