Hello! My name is Joyce. Currently, I’m a second-semester Master in Library and Information Science student at San Jose State University’s iSchool and seeking paraprofessional library positions in the Greater Los Angeles area. I just recently worked as a part-time shelver at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library’s Central Library branch in Charlottesville, Virginia.
My path into the library and information science world was not straightforward. I studied journalism at the University of Missouri and graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism degree in May 2016 in the print and digital sequence and with an emphasis in sports journalism. During college, I worked as a student journalist in multiple student and school publications. I covered the Missouri softball, volleyball, and women’s basketball teams. I was a pop culture columnist for a student magazine and wrote various topics such as student organizations, city events, and features. In Summer 2015, I interned for Beacon Media, a Southern California-based media company, as a reporter.
It wasn’t my senior year of college that I felt that journalism was not right for me. So I decided to go into the library and information science field. This move made sense, given that I have spent countless hours as a patron and a volunteer at public libraries, and that I’ve always been interested in public service, literacy, books, and education.
I’m primarily interested in the public librarianship field, particularly in teen services and/or reference. Some library trends and issues that I am passionate and interested in are diversity in libraries, intellectual freedom, censorship, Makerspaces and emerging technologies, and information and digital literacies.
In my spare time, I like to root for my hometown teams, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Lakers. I enjoy reading, working on my first novel, cooking, exercising, and watching my favorite TV shows like “Game of Thrones”, “The 100”, “Sherlock”, “Doctor Who” and “The Librarians”.
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