The Roosevelt Library downtown has recently hired some new Library Reference Assistants. These great new additions to our team are all working on their Master's Degrees in Library Science and we'll be introducing them to you over the next few weeks. Feel free to stop by and introduce yourself.
Hi, I'm Katy. As I am writing this post, it is the beginning of my second day on the job. I am a new reference assistant at the library, and so far so good. I am in my second semester of a Masters in Library and Information Sciences at Dominican University, and I have been living in Chicago for five years this October.
I graduated from The Ohio State University in December of 2001. At OSU I had a double major of Theatre and English, and I participated in two study abroad programs to the UK while I was in school. I also lived in England (in the lovely town of Bath) for six months after graduation. It is a goal of mine to get back across the pond one day.
I moved to Chicago to pursue a theatre career, and accepted a six month apprenticeship in the audio department at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. I still work at the theatre as an audio overhire, which means I run the sound effects, cues and microphones for the productions, but on a fill-in or temporary basis only. I love being a part of live theatre productions; mostly my contributions are backstage. I am a company member with 20% Theatre Company Chicago as well, we are an all women's theatre company and are beginning our sixth season with a world premiere play this November.
I am really impressed by Roosevelt's commitment to social justice and acceptance. So far, the staff here at the library has been very welcoming. Roosevelt seems like a really great place to put into practice the things that I am learning in library school. As I have just started learning about the ins and outs of working in a library, I am really looking forward to putting in to practice all those theories we've been talking about. I am looking forward to helping students learn about the Roosevelt Library system and figuring out how to use the library to enrich their university experiences. I am hoping to continue working in a college or university setting throughout my career and also continue to work in theatre, hopefully in a performing arts library or theatre reasearch institute, so this feels like a great place to start.