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begin on a part-time basis in order to build a client base. They may
wish to become affiliated with an organization such as the Association
of Independent Information Professionals, which was established to
connect and support the information profession.
Records Management is another field open to ones with a library
skill set. One of our graduates who has worked for a number of years
in the field, reports that most of the records manager job postings that
he sees are for ones with M.L.S. degree. The position is mostly about
organizing and maintaining records and information throughout their
retention life cycles. Who is better trained to carry out such tasks than
librarians? Records are crucial to all types of businesses, hospitals and
other medical facilities, nonprofit and other types of organizations;
someone, therefore, must see that records are retained and organized
in a systematic way in order to be searched for and retrieved later.
Archival positions are closely allied to librarianship. Archivists
assess, collect, organize, preserve, and provide access to information
determined to have enduring value. Materials may be in many formats
such as media or electronic records and may consist of documents,
correspondence and many other types of material. One of our
graduates, an archivist in a national park, stated that "archivists are
particularly interested in the ability to share information about their
collections with other archives, researchers, libraries, museums and
others. Therefore, knowledge of library best practices to ensure the
interoperability of data is also an essential component as we catalog
the collections into our database:' Archives exist in government,
businesses, universities, hospitals, historical societies, museums,
nonprofit organizations, associations and other places where materials
Many LIS graduates are serving in positions such as those
described above. A number of selected ones have provided information
about what they do and how they use their library skills in the job
descriptions that follow. The library skill set can be carried over to
what are sometimes surprising areas. One of our graduates, who later
received a law degree and is currently serving as council for the State
of Texas Parole Board, says he uses his library skills in his work on a
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Christina Bailey (M.S. '10)
works for the Congressional Research Service
in Washington, D.C. as an Information
Research Specialist. She researches
information related to public policy issues
that are of concern to members of the U.S.
House of Representatives and the U.S.
Senate. She uses her library skills to conduct
reference interviews with members and their
staffs in order to answer requests that are
emailed or called-in."I use the skills I learned
at UNT to search government databases that
are in digital format,' she said. "I contribute
information to the reports that are written
by CRS as well as conduct research for
analyst within CRS:' She also gives briefings
to interns and staffers in the House and the
Senate on how to search certain databases
in order to find legislation sponsored or
cosponsored by their committee.
Denise Chochrek (M.S.'88)
is a senior knowledge analyst for Frito-Lay
in Dallas, TX. Currently, she supports the
Research and Development function within
the company. Although she does some
research, her primary work is in strategic
intelligence and knowledge management."I
work with R&D teams to investigate trends
that support our innovation focus,:' she said.
"I do competitive intelligence on the snack
industry as well as complimentary industries
that we might want to move into:' She also
assists the R&D teams to capture knowledge
and utilize the tools available to collaborate
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