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Professional Immersion Day – Fall 2022

August 26 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Friday, August 26, 2022
1:00pm – 3:30pm (held Virtually)

Please register online for Professional Immersion Day by August 22nd.

An MLIS or MSIST degree can take you many places. Meet UWM alumni and other Information Professionals to learn about their career paths and tips to make the most of your time in your academic program.

Here from alums from a variety of fields! Academic Libraries, Archives, Information Science & Technology, Public Libraries, School Libraries, Special Libraries, And More!

Tentative Agenda
1:00 – 1:15 pm |  Welcome

1:15 – 1:45 pm | Steps to Success — Fieldwork and Internship Panel Discussion

    Chad Zahrt, Assistant Dean, SOIS
    Steph Larson
    , Research Specialist, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.
    Dezirae N. Brown, Web Editorial Producer, Trek Bicycle Corporation – Global HQ

1:45 – 1:50 pm |  Break

1:50 – 2:20 pm |  Introduction to Information Professional

2:20 – 3:20 pm | Professional Round Table Discussion breakout sessions —
Meet with Information Professionals and learn about the opportunities and career paths available to graduates of the program.
Academic Libraries
David Kwasny, Digital Projects & Technologies Librarian, University of Toronto Scarborough
Beth Maser, President and CEO at History Associates Incorporated
Library Products and Services

Anne Washington, Semantic Applications Product Analyst, OCLC
Public Libraries
Hermoine Bell-Henderson, Coordinator of Business, Technology, and Periodicals, Milwaukee Public Library
Special Libraries
Porsche Schlapper, Supervisory Librarian, National Forest Service Library

3:20 –  3:30 pm |  Wrap Up & Questions


Panelists and Round Table Discussion Participants

Meet the Professionals

Steph Larson
Research Specialist, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.

Steph LarsonSteph Larson is a 2021 UWM SOIS graduate. Steph received her MLIS without a concentration. She also received an MA in Political Science from UWM in 2005. Since August 2021, Steph has been a law librarian at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c., a law firm in downtown Milwaukee – her dream job! While in the SOIS program, Steph participated in two fieldworks – Fall 2020 at UW-Parkside, working alongside the Health Sciences librarian and Spring 2021 at Marquette University, working alongside the Business librarian. Although her fieldwork collaborations were supervised by subject librarians, her supervisors gave her opportunities to teach students information literacy and to work with librarians in other subject areas. In addition to her fieldwork, Steph was the diversity intern for UWM Libraries from Fall 2020 to Summer 2021.

Anne Washington
Semantic Applications Product Analyst, OCLC

Anne WashingtonAnne Washington is a Product Analyst on the Metadata Services Team at OCLC focusing on linked data applications and services. She has over a decade of experience in academic libraries, museums, and archives; with previous roles including Metadata Services Coordinator at the University of Houston, and Metadata Librarian at the University of Virginia. Anne received her MLIS at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

David Kwasny
Digital Projects & Technologies Librarian

University of Toronto Scarborough

After leaving UW-Milwaukee, David started his library career at The Milwaukee Art Museum Library Archives and assist the museum with the development of their online digital collection, planning the migration of their DAMS API into Drupal. This project also led him to be a part of the Steering Committee for Wisconsin’s Digital Public Library of America Hub, where he contributed to the administrative groundwork and development of Wisconsin’s DPLA Hub, specifically in regard to digitization policies.

He continued his career at Marquette University, as the Emerging Technologies Librarian. While at Marquette, he managed the Library website and built web applications for the library. He sat on the Digital Scholarship Advisory Committee and led workshops on data visualization, and Data Carpentries, and instructed a course on Big Data. He also led the development of the JRR Tolkien Fanzine digital collection, managing the Drupal CMS backend and developing the taxonomies for the collection.

Now at the University of Toronto Scarborough, David has been assisting students and faculty through data and technology consultations and workshops. As well as the workflow management of the Harley Spiller Chinese Menu Collection, including image processing, server ingestion, and metadata quality assurance of over 7000 digital objects. To improve online instruction in the wake of COVID restrictions, David has adapted broadcasting software to distance learning applications with the use of virtual cameras and developed training for his faculty to use it to improve synchronous and asynchronous instruction.

Beth Maser
President and CEO at History Associates Incorporated

Beth Maser is a recognized senior executive and subject matter expert in knowledge management and brings decades of leadership and digital media expertise from her work in commercial and government markets. As CEO of History Associates, Beth leads the company’s growth strategy focused on major industry segments including government, legal, commercial, and associations and nonprofits. Beth and her team are delivering distinct service offerings to clients with expanded capabilities in digitization, culture heritage, litigation research, and advanced uses of technology.

Beth’s experience includes managing high-profile projects for the National Archives and Records Administration, the Library of Congress, USAID Knowledge Services Center, ABC News, and Fortune 500 companies and law firms. Leading multi-skilled teams, she helped to source, organize, and apply information in strategic and innovative ways. Before joining History Associates, she was the Director of Records and Information Systems at PPC, a management consulting firm, where she quadrupled the firm’s knowledge management services to $17M. As the Senior Director of Professional Services for an INC 500 Information Services firm, she led teams of professionals to win and execute corporate and government contracts valued at more than $15M annually.

Porsche Schlapper
Supervisory Librarian, National Forest Service Library

Porsche Schlapper is a 2016 graduate of the UWM SOIS program, where she completed the Information Organization Concentration. She also has a BS in History & Public Relations. In her career in libraries, Porsche has worked in special collections, research archives, museums, and technical services. She has particularly strong background in digital collection, cataloging, and subscription management, but has done just about every job there is to do in a library. Currently, Porsche manages a specialized branch of the National Forest Service Library which houses an extensive hybrid modern STEM / historical archives collection. This special library primarily serves the only federally funded wood utilization research laboratory in the United States located in Madison, WI, but also assists Forest Service engineers & citizen scientists nationwide.

Hermoine Bell-Henderson
Coordinator of Business, Technology, and Periodicals, Milwaukee Public Library

Hermoine Bell-Henderson is an accomplished professional with 23+ years of exceptional experience in providing library service to the Milwaukee Public Library.  She has functioned in various roles that include circulation, reference, and management work.  As the Coordinator of Business, Technology, and Periodicals, her focus is leading a team to engage the community on business and workforce development initiatives, financial literacy, and more!  She is a proud 2006 UWM SOIS graduate.

Dezirae N. Brown
Web Editorial Producer, Trek Bicycle Corporation – Global HQ

Dezirae BrownDezirae is currently a Web Editorial Producer for Trek Bicycle Corporation – Global HQ. In this role, she builds and manages editorial web pages for 30 countries. She graduated from SOIS in 2016 with an MLIS – Information organization (IO) concentration. Since graduation, she has gained experience in the following industries: government, insurance, and private sector. Above all, content management systems is her J-A-M! She enjoys being an IT translator which is someone who serves as a trusted liaison to both the end-users and developers simply by understanding the internet of things (IoT). She attributes her success to these SOIS courses: Information Architecture, Electronic Publishing & Web Design, Metadata and Organization of Information. Although she’s an East Coaster at heart, she resides in Madison-area, Wisconsin. In her spare time you can find her skydiving, playing with her Aussiedoodle pup or tasting a new cuisine. Feel free to connect with her on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/deziraenbrown

Questions? Please contact: Julie Walker, Career Services Advisor | walkerjs@uwm.edu


August 26
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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