The Student Relations Committee of the Sci-Tech Division conducted a contest late last year for LIS students to win two free SLA memberships (including affiliation with the Sci-Tech Division and a chapter of their choice). The contest invited current LIS students to answer one of three questions:
- What is the biggest challenge that new science and technology librarians face? How could the Sci-Tech Division help new librarians to meet this challenge?
- Tell us about a Sci-Tech focused experience or project that you have participated in, implemented, or learned about. How has this experience helped to prepare you for a career in Sci-Tech librarianship?
- Describe a Sci-Tech librarianship focused event that you think your school would benefit from.
Our winners, Amanda Lehman and Justin Soles answered question number two and had great submissions, which we will feature in an upcoming Sci-Tech News article, until then read more about our winners below.
Congratulations again to Amanda and Justin! Please join me in welcoming them to SLA and the Sci-Tech Division!!!
Amanda Lehman is entering her final semester of the Masters of Library and Information Science program at Louisiana State University. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English and French, with a minor in Math from University of Wyoming. Amanda enjoys swimming, skiing, running, backpacking, and other physical escapes, as well as cerebral distractions like sci-fi/fantasy books and films. She is originally from Arvada, Colorado, but has lived various places since then, and enjoys the travel. Currently working as a Graduate Assistant creating a knowledge discovery tool for various information about oil spills (topicmaps.lsu.edu), Amanda hopes to find work in science and technology librarianship or information science, ideally in a smaller academic library or scientific division along the Rocky Mountain Front Range.
Justin Soles is a part-time Master’s student entering his final semester in the School of Library & Information Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He balances his studies with working as a programmer/analyst and librarian at the Montreal office of Smart & Biggar, one of Canada’s top Intellectual Property law firms. Justin’s interest in astronomy came from watching Star Trek & Star Wars as a child, as well as a (very) patient father who drove him 2-3 hours so he could see a night sky without light pollution. Justin is now happily married, hopes to find a library position in an scientific facility, library or knowledge center after graduation and looks forward to travelling with his son to marvel at the night sky someday soon.
Student Relations Committee (Past Chair), SLA Sci-Tech