This space is dedicated to resources that will help me on my LIS journey, both during the MLIS program and beyond, into my future career. I curated the list with my professional interests of user experience (UX) and reference services in mind.

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Reference and User Services Association

RUSA is the perfect organization for my current and future goals. Before beginning my MLIS, my intention was, and still is, to work in UX for a public library. But after learning that UX librarians more often work in academic libraries, I have also started looking into reference services. RUSA fits both paths since UX is an often overlooked part of user services (Kern, 2014). RUSA will serve me well on either path, and may help me decide which one to take.

Reference & User Services Association

Kern, K. (2014). What about user services?: Putting the US in RUSA. Reference & User Services Quarterly, 53(3), 209–212.

Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures

This ALA division will serve me well now, and especially into the future. What draws me to Core where I am currently on my new LIS journey, is the focus on innovation and progress. One of my professional goals is to help the library field stretch the boundaries of what it means to serve the community. I want to help libraries come up with new ways to connect patrons to needed information and resources. Long term, I want to be a public library director, so Core’s focus on leadership will continue to serve me more and more.

Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures

Southeastern Library Association

SELA is a regional library association serving twelve states in the southeastern United States. I believe SELA will be even more beneficial to me than a state organization because of its increased reach. I will have the opportunity to connect with members in a larger area. A wider network is always valuable, but especially for me, since I might move after earning my MLIS. Additionally, SELA offers a structured mentorship program that I plan to take advantage of. 

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The Journal of Creative Library Practice

When it comes to the core value of access, JCPL doesn’t just talk the talk; it walks the walk. This open-access journal works to ensure that the voices of diverse librarians are heard, even if they are new to the field or inexperienced with publishing. I also appreciate JCLP’s emphasis on the practice of librarianship, accepting more than just “stodgy and staid publication formats” (Kraus, 2013, question 3, para. 1). I am interested in innovation and progress within librarianship, and they move faster than typical academic journals. JCLP will keep me updated more quickly.jclp logo | The Journal of Creative Library PracticeKraus, J. (2013, February 5). Why does the world need yet another journal? The Journal of Creative Library Practice.

Weave: Journal Of Library User Experience

Weave is an open-access online publication focusing on UX in LIS and related fields. Given that my professional goal is to work in UX for a public library, it’s going to be one of my go-to resources on my LIS journey. Weave understands that UX is critical to our profession and to making libraries better, so they aim to strike a balance between theory and practice. Learning from articles in Weave will help me incorporate the best of UX into my own librarianship.

Library Think Tank

The Library Think Tank Facebook group brings together over 40,000 librarians and library workers from all types of libraries. As the name suggests, the group is a space where LIS professionals can get help from other members of the field with problems they’re stuck on, or get thoughts and feedback on a new idea. This group will be helpful in my journey and career because it can connect me with a huge network of other LIS professionals with many different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.

Triplesense Reply. (2012, August 23). ts_think_tank_kreativ [Photograph]. Flikr.

What’s the Name of That Book???

This Goodreads group helps people wanting to know the names of books they have little information about. Other group members—librarians, bookstore workers, and other bibliophiles—come to their aid and try to supply the name. The talented superheroes in this group often find the title with just a description of the cover, vague plot points, or other minimal information. This group could be very useful to me as a reader’s advisory/reference resource working in a public library.

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Library Land Loves

Unlike strictly book review librarian podcasts, Library Land Loves discusses trends in the field and professional development topics. Some topics discussed include creating virtual programming that doesn’t suck, library branding, perspectives on library fines, and hiring the best librarians. While other library podcasts may focus on being fun to listen to or thought provoking, Library Land Loves provides more practical tips and discussions that I will rely on in my future career.

Library Land Loves


I included Capital Area District Libraries (CADL)’s podcast for two reasons. First, for the librarian interview assignment, I had a wonderful discussion with CADL’s executive director, Scott Duimstra. Listening to CADL CAST will allow me to stay updated on what Scott and CADL are doing. Second, since CADL is on the leading edge when it comes to innovation and trends in public libraries, hearing what they are doing can give me inspiration for my own career.