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in the history room of the Mill Valley Public Library, where I will be working on digitizing their collection of historical documents, including photos and newspaper clippings.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.