Jeanette C. Mills
“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”
My completion of the MLIS degree is the culmination of more than twenty years working in libraries and participating in higher education. After I started graduate school for the first time in 1982, I often had people ask if I was going to “library school” because I was working in libraries. I usually would laugh and say that, no, libraries were simply the way I paid the bills. It was not until 1994 that I had an epiphany and realized that my primary talent, stated simply, is connecting people with information. That was when I knew I needed to get an MLIS degree.
Attending school part-time, while working full-time and taking a two-year leave of absence from school for professional activities, have made my journey towards the MLIS degree a seven year process. There were times I wanted to take the easy road and give it up, but the arrival of Mike Eisenberg and subsequent drastic improvements in the program have made it an ultimately worthwhile goal. It also has been gratifying to apply what I have learned along the way to my current work as a visual resources professional. The MLIS has been a journey worth making.
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