Two SLIS students, Mike Belmont and Kallan Jackson, hit it out of the park with a prestigious internship in Summer 2019 when both were selected for the Frank and Peggy Steele internship at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Established in 1939, the museum includes digital materials, a library research center, and an archival collection. According to the Hall of Fame’s website, the collection includes “tens of thousands of three-dimensional artifacts, all of which represent a particular moment in baseball history.” The internships included the opportunity to attend career seminars, present artifacts at public events, and host the All-Star Gala, as well as attend a Minor League game. Both worked primarily within the library research center, utilizing databases and other materials, including books, newspaper clippings, and artifacts, to answer some of the nearly 60,000 inquiries the research center receives each year. Belmont, a self-described “lifelong, enthusiastic fan of baseball,” appreciated this chance to learn more about the value that baseball holds for Americans. Mike stated that SLIS classes had taught him many necessary skills for working with the public, and also noted, “this was a very customer service-based role, and it really helped develop how to interact with patrons in a variety of different situations.” Upon graduation, he accepted a job as an information technology librarian at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, where he manages the library’s OCLC World Share management services, digital resources, and operates as instructor to students and faculty. Jackson, on the other hand, was not a fan of baseball when she first started, but stated, “having access to such resources allowed me to learn the game of baseball and appreciate its history.” She also credited SLIS courses with teaching her the interpersonal skills needed to interact effectively with patrons. Belmont and Jackson are just a few of the many SLIS students who are engaged in internships and volunteer opportunities. Not only do students learn critical skills and gain hands-on experience, but they greatly support the institutions where they work.
The School of Library and Information Science, or SLIS, awards the Master in Library and Information Science, or MLIS, degree and Graduate Certificates in Archival Studies, Records and Information Management, and School Librarianship. SLIS also offers undergraduate minors in Digital Studies and Library Science, and a Communication-Intensive undergraduate general education course.
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The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library & Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs, 18 graduate programs, and 7 online graduate degree programs, enrolling more than 2,020 undergraduate and 879 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is committed to improving quality of life across the lifespan.
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