pic of elaine summer of love`

My name is Elaine and I am in the post graduate certificate program at SLIS.  My career pathway is  information intermediation and instruction, also known as reference. I graduated from SLIS  in 2007 before the program was completely online.  I wanted to work in a law or government documents department of a public library. During this time,  I  also did an  internship at the Marin County Free Library, Civic Center Branch, where  they taught me how to  answer reference questions, some of which involved government information.

Currently,  I work as a library page in the children’s room at the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL). Though our  department  has many programs and a facebook page, it’s main goal is  promoting reading and literacy. I have been a library page for many years  at  different locations in this system,  including the newspaper room  and the Haight Ashbury Branch.

After graduating, I didn’t see many opportunities for librarians with my background, so I decided to return to SLIS  in 2012, while becoming aware of the many technological changes taking place in libraries.

This semester I am also doing an internship in the history room of the Mill Valley Public Library, where  I will be working on  digitizing their collection of historical documents, including photos and  newspaper clippings.  This library is different from the one I usually work in; it’s suburban and located in the woods, rather than  in the middle of a bustling urban neighborhood.

I was  born in Chicago, lived in Evanston, a suburb of Chicago for awhile,  and then came to San Francisco in 1969. I got my bachelors degrees  in English and journalism at San Francisco State University (SFSU). I enjoyed campus life and worked as a student assistant in the periodicals department of the SFSU library. This semester,  I am looking forward to leaning more about emerging technologies in libraries.





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