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Professional Immersion Day – Spring 2021

January 15, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Friday, January 15, 2021
1:00pm – 3:30 pm (held virtually)

Questions? Please contact:
Julie Walker, Career Services Advisor

Please register online by January 12th, 2021.


If you would like to register for this event, please contact Claire Schultz: cdehlers@uwm.edu

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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 the program.

Hear from alumni and information professionals in a variety of fields!
Academic Libraries
Information Science & Technology
Public Libraries
School Libraries
Special Libraries
And More!

1:00 pm |  Welcome

1:05 pm |  Presentation – Life as an Information Professional

  • Cynthia Larson, Executive Director, Experience Delivery, Abundant Health Acquisition

1:30 pm | Steps to Success — Fieldwork and Internship Panel Discussion

    Chad Zahrt, Assistant Dean, SOIS
    Mollie Beaumont, Supervisor Librarian, Central Library, The Indianapolis Public Library
    Sam Goerke, Adversarial Security Testing Engineer, Northwestern Mutual
    Molly Mathias, User Experience Librarian, UWM Libraries

2:00 pm |  Professional Round Table Introductions

2:30 pm |  Break

2:40 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.

          David Kwasny, Digital Projects & Technologies Librarian, University of Toronto Scarborough
        • ARCHIVES
          Aaron Ramirez, Manager of Special Collections & Museum Services, Pueblo City-County Library District, Robert Hoag Rawlings Public Library
        • BUSINESS
          Baisakhi Samanta, Analyst, Taxonomy, Guitar Center, Thousand Oaks
          Natalie Burclaff, Business Reference Specialist, Library of Congress
          Nick Demske, Community Resources Librarian, Racine Public Library
          Abby Beyerl, K-12 District Library Media Specialist, Evansville Community School District

      3:15 pm |  Wrap Up & Questions

      Event Recording


      0:00 – Welcome
      5:08 – Presentation: Life as an Information Professional
      32:37 – Steps to Success: Fieldwork and Internship Panel Discussion
      1:01:03 – Professional Round Table Introductions

      • Presenters, Panelists & Round Table Participants

        Mollie Beaumont

        Mollie Beaumont

        Supervisor Librarian

        Central Library, The Indianapolis Public Library

        Mollie Beaumont is a Supervisor Librarian at Central for the Indianapolis Public Library. She supervises a large team of pages for a collection of over half a million items, while also coordinating and leading regular meetings for the system’s supervisors. In her role she also coaches and mentors pages to climb the library ladder. She earned a BA in English in 2012 and an MLIS in 2014 from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She credits her fieldwork position at the Forest Home branch of MPL for her first professional position as the Youth Services Department Manager for the Putnam County Public Library. She has presented at various conferences, including ALA Mid-Winter 2015 in Chicago, IL for the Ignite Session and ASRL Conference in Little Rock, AK.

        Abby Beyerl

        Abby Beyerl

        K-12 District Library Media Specialist

        Evansville Community School District

        Abby Beyerl is the District Library Media Center Coordinator and Teacher Librarian for the Evansville Community School District. After completing her undergraduate program at UW-Madison, she began her library career at Portage County Public Library and Marathon County Public Library in their Youth Services departments. She went back to school and earned a teaching certification in Social Studies, but missed the library and thought, why not do both!? After earning her MLIS from UW-Milwaukee she pursued a career as a school librarian. She currently oversees all school libraries in her K-12 school district.

        She is responsible for working collaboratively with school administration and staff to develop a library program that supports the curriculum. She also provides instructional leadership for the teaching of information literacy skills in all content areas while developing and maintaining library media center collections rich in both print and non-print materials. Her philosophy is that the school library media center functions as the learning hub of the school. She encourages and nourishes a participatory learning community of students, staff, parents and community members.

        Natalie Burclaff

        Natalie Burclaff

        Business Reference Specialist

        Library of Congress

        Natalie Burclaff is a Business Research Specialist at the Library of Congress. Her main subject areas are management, small business and entrepreneurship, marketing, and advertising. She enjoys answering research questions, developing the collections, and working to make the Library and its collections more accessible. She graduated from UW-Milwaukee with her MLIS in 2010. Prior to her position at the Library of Congress, she was a reference librarian and the Head of Information Literacy Initiatives at the University of Baltimore. Her research interests include critical librarianship, and marketing and advocacy in libraries. Outside of work, Natalie likes tackling home improvement projects, knitting, and biking. During the pandemic she’s become a reluctant camper in an effort to spend time outdoors.

        Nick Demske

        Nick Demske

        Community Resources Librarian
        Racine Public Library

        Nick Demske is the Community Resources Librarian at Racine Public Library, the Director of the BONK! Poetry and Music Series and the County Supervisor of Racine County’s First District. He is the current Chair of the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission, the outgoing 2nd VP of the NAACP Racine and the Past President of the Wisconsin Center for the Book, which is a state affiliate of the National Center for the Book (and arm of the Library of Congress). Nick is the immediate past President of his union, the Racine Professional Employee Association, a board member of the organization Miss Latina Racine and has served on dozens of boards and committees in his community and beyond, both in the present and the past.

        A published poet, Nick’s self-titled full length collection of poetry won the Fence Modern Poets Series Award and his work has been taught at Colleges and Universities throughout the country (including UW Milwaukee). In 2011, in support of his first book he did a 43 city book that spanned both coasts of the nation. For his work in the library field, Nick has received numerous awards, including recognition as one of SOIS’s “50 Distinguished Alumni” during the SOIS 50 year anniversary in 2017. Whether in his political work, library work, or literary work, the themes of equity, justice and antiracism are always foundational priorities.

        Sam Goerke

        Sam Goerke

        Adversarial Security Testing Engineer
        Northwestern Mutual

        Sam is an Adversarial Security Testing Engineer for Northwestern Mutual in Milwaukee. His team is charged with acting as the “bad guys” for the organization to confirm security controls are effective. Their responsibilities include ethical hacking, red teaming, purple teaming, penetration testing, threat simulations, and other offensive security activities.

        Sam has his GPEN, GWAPT, and Security+ certifications. He received both his Bachelor’s Degree (2017) and Master’s Degree (2018) from UW-Milwaukee in the School of Information Studies (SOIS).

        In addition to his full-time job, he also is an Adjunct Lecturer for UW-Milwaukee SOIS, teaching courses that cover information security and web application development. He recently developed a new elective titled Web Application Penetration Testing in which he teaches the hands-on skill set of conducting penetration tests of modern web applications.

        David Kwasny

        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 regards 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.

        Cynthia Larson

        Cynthia Larson

        Executive Director, Experience Delivery
        Abundant Health Acquisition

        Cindy is a digital program director with 20 years of experience in manufacturing, automotive, and healthcare. With a background in library and information science, she has an innate empathy for users (and their messy content) and a proven ability to lead teams through change to deliver sustainable digital products. Cindy is delighted to bring her passion for continuous improvement and core belief in open access to information to drive improvements in the healthcare experience for all. Cindy is a proud alumnus of SOIS (Dec ’98) and currently serves on the graduate degree advisory board.

        Molly Mathias

        Molly Mathias

        User Experience Librarian
        UWM Libraries

        Molly Mathias is the team lead for the User Experiences department at the UWM Libraries. In her current position she mentors and supervises User Services graduate students and fieldworkers. She has worked at Marquette University, the Milwaukee, Area Technical College, Alverno College, and the University of Northern Colorado. Molly is the subject specialist for the School of Information Studies, Department of Communication, English Department, and the Journalism And Media Studies Department at UWM.


        Aaron Ramirez

        Aaron Ramirez

        Manager of Special Collections & Museum Services
        Pueblo City-County Library District, Robert Hoag Rawlings Public Library

        Aaron Ramirez is the Manager of Special Collections & Museum Services (SCMS) for the Pueblo City-County Library District, at the Robert Hoag Rawlings Public Library in Pueblo, Colorado. Aaron guides operations of the SCMS, including genealogy reference, local history and rare books, archival processing and reference, outreach, and instruction. He serves as Member-at-Large for the Acquisitions and Appraisal Section of the Society of American Archivists, and Preservation Member-at-Large for the Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists. His professional interests include archival reference and outreach. Aaron earned his BS and MA in History from the University of Texas at Tyler, and his MLIS with Archives concentration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. When he is not in the office he is exploring Colorado with his family, watching movies, or cooking.

        Baisakhi Samanta

        Baisakhi Samanta

        Analyst, Taxonomy
        Guitar Center Thousand Oaks

        Baisakhi is a creative person who is passionate about learning new things and takes joy in researching. She has a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Library science and a Masters in Library and Information Science. The majority of her career span has been in corporates. Her core expertise lies within the field of information science and technology and their applications in ecommerce (Guitar Center – largest music instrument retailer) and petrochemical industries (She has worked in Reliance Industries Ltd., a fortune 500 company). She has 12 plus years of experience in the field of knowledge management and information science.

        Currently she is working as a Taxonomy analyst with Guitar Center Inc. Baisakhi’s greatest strengths lies in having empathy & eagerness to learn. Roles/titles she has assumed so far are Taxonomy Analyst, Business Analyst, Asst. Librarian, Web Assistant, & Information Officer. When not working she spends her time with her husband and two boys, exploring nature, hiking & cooking!

        Conference Details

        Blackboard Collaborate
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January 15, 2021
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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