Those of us in library school believe that libraries continue to maintain their importance in society. We value them as repositories, museums, monuments, sacred spaces, and gathering centers. If you think about it, the potential of libraries is limitless.
Of course, not all of us will end up working in libraries. Information science, defined by ODLIS as “…the systematic study and analysis of the sources, development, collection, organization, dissemination, evaluation, use, and management of information in all its forms…”, is a growing specialty. Our skills in these areas give SJSU-SLIS graduates transferable value to a variety of industries. As I (Robyn) take on the job search for professional librarian positions, I am finding that a number of jobs incorporate library science principles into their daily routines. I have interviewed for the following positions because of my LIS background: grant writer, community research specialist, thesaurus editor, and, of course, library substitute. Thinking outside of the box to incorporate the "information science" portion of our skills can only enrich any profession we enter.
For the Fall 2009 semester issue of The Call Number, we invited students to tell us about their experiences with special libraries, information science, and as usual, we bring you information about LISSTEN events and activities. Please submit comments to authors and be a part of the conversation.
Robyn Gleasner & Tiffany Mair