This week’s alumni spotlight is on Monique Clark, a 2011 graduate who currently works as a Library Technology Specialist at Northern Virginia Community College.
Monique Clark, 2011
Where do you work currently?
Northern Virginia Community College
What is your current job title?
Library Technology Specialist
What sort of duties or activities does your current position entail?
I’m responsible for making sure that the library’s equipment, especially our computers, copiers, and printers, are working properly. I also provide reference services, teach instruction classes, serve as a library liaison to several academic departments, contribute to collection development and management by weeding and suggesting new library materials, and provide circulation services. Working at a community college gives me the chance to experience different aspects of the library.
What made you decide to enter the field of library and information science?
I love libraries and the pursuit of knowledge. I enjoy answering people’s questions and (hopefully) leading them in the right direction.
What was the most useful thing you learned or useful course you took while in the iSchool at the University of Maryland?
I’ve found that Academic Libraries, User Instruction, and my reference courses have been very useful. I’ve had to use knowledge that I’ve gained from them on the job. The classes were also a lot of fun and I enjoyed working with the instructors that taught them.
What sort of advice do you have for current or newly graduated iSchool students?
Gain as much library experience as you can, be flexible with your options after library school, and be aware that the people you meet at the iSchool will likely be working with you in some capacity in the future.