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Fellows Spotlight (Archive)

Susan Trujillo

School:  San Jose State University

Employer:  UC Riverside University Libraries

Status:  First year MLIS student

Susan was selected as our first IE LEADS Fellow featured in our Fellows Spotlight.  As a first-year graduate student in the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University, she has already received three prestigious library awards.  Last summer, Ms. Trujillo was awarded a 2010 Spectrum Scholarship from the American Library Association (ALA).  The Spectrum award provides Susan financial support to attend the 2011 ALA Conference, a year membership in ALA, and attendance to the Spectrum Leadership Institute held prior to ALA.  Ms. Trujillo also received the California Library Association (CLA) 2010 Reference Service Press Fellowship.  "The CLA Reference Service Press Fellowship encourages college seniors, college graduates and beginning library school students to prepare for a career in reference/information service librarianship."  In January of this year, Susan was awarded the Ilene F. Rockman CARL/ACRL Conference Scholarship.  This is a statewide scholarship for two Library and Information Studies students to attend the biennial CARL conference and to subsidize the attendance of one MLIS student to the biennial ACRL conference.  Susan plans to attend the 2011 ACRL Conference in Philadelphia at the end of March.  We congratulate Ms. Trujillo on her achievements and look forward to hearing about the conferences she attends.  Want to know how she did it?  Susan has agreed to share her secrets in our upcoming March workshop on applying for scholarships and fellowships.


 We asked Susan why she chose the library profession...

Years ago, soon after I graduated high school, I was walking through a grocery store when I was approached by an elderly woman who began speaking to me in a language I did not recognize.  It was obvious she wanted information of some kind and while I could not understand her words, I certainly understood the coupon for Doritos tortilla chips that she held in her hand.  I walked with her until we found the correct aisle.  Her face lit up, she smiled generously and uttered a string of words that I assumed were sentiments of appreciation.  It was a pleasure to help her and I believe it might have been a clue that I was destined for a career in information services. 

Since then I have worked in a variety of positions in libraries.  My current position in the Tomás Rivera Library at the University of California, Riverside cemented my desire to become a librarian.  My duties include staffing the Reference Desk where I help users navigate our catalog and articles databases to meet their research needs.  I am currently enrolled in my first year at the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University.  Learning about information science and applying those lessons at work has been exciting.  I can't wait to earn my degree so I can participate completely in providing reference services.

As the first of my family to attend college, I am very grateful to the IE LEADS committee for this incredible opportunity.


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