Hannah O., History (Librarian)
Alumni Advisor
Major:BA History
Grad Year:2011
Career Sector:Library and Information Services
Graduate Degree:Master of Library Science, Texas Woman's University
Current Job Title:Technical Services Librarian
Current Employer:City of Duncanville (Duncanville Public Library)

What was your career path that led you to your current position?

I grew up in Duncanville and spent lots of time at the Library. I then worked at the UD Library as a student worker, including full-time over one summer. A little over a year after I graduated from UD, after we had moved back to Duncanville, the library had a part-time position open up for a page (shelving and helping with circulation). I got an interview before the director had seen my resume. Three months into that job, I decided I wanted to keep working in libraries, but I needed to make more money, so I started an MLS program. About a year later, our director retired, and one of the librarians was promoted to director, leaving open the position of Cataloging Librarian. I applied for the job, and they took a big chance on me and hired me even though I was still learning the cataloging skills I needed. It paid off, thankfully. About a year and a half later, the library was restructured, and I was offered supervisory duties over the pages, as well as over the technical services duties (receiving, cataloging, processing). At that point my job changed to Technical Services Librarian. It has morphed a bit more since then, as we restructured once more into distinct divisions based on type of work instead of full- or part-time status.

What kind of credentials, education, training, prior experience are needed?

Master of Library Science, and knowledge of cataloging.

How was your major and/or your degree from UD related to your current work?

Th general knowledge from the degree and the skills I learned at UD have helped me do my job better.

 

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