My name is David Austin. I entered the Master of Library and Information Science residential program at the University of Washington’s Information School in Fall 2007. I have a great interest in working in an academic library in the areas of reference, user services, and systems and technology. I believe that the library contributes greatly to higher education by preparing people to interact with information in its many forms and uses, that they may have satisfaction in their personal lives as well as understand and contribute to an ever changing world. Through the MLIS program I have gained a terrific foundation to enter the library profession, contribute to it, and impact library users for years to come.
Prior to entering the program I worked as a student assistant at Wilson Library while attending Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. I was employed in both the Education Reference and the General Reference departments. After graduating with a BA in English I worked for several years in a small custom cabinet shop, attaining a Journeyman level of experience. I then began work as the evening and weekend Circulation Coordinator at Northwest University’s Hurst Library in Kirkland, Washington. I continued there as a fulltime employee during my first year in the MLIS program. For the second year I have been working part time in various roles in the Reference and Research Services Division of the Suzzallo and Allen Library, part of the University of Washington Libraries. This final quarter of graduate school I am also participating in a Directed Field Work at Seattle University’s A.A. Lemieux Library, working with the Systems Librarian.
Following are pages describing a number of my experiences since admission into the MLIS program. There are too many valuable moments and projects from the past two years of school, work, and internship to list here, but these are among the more memorable and impactful events that will assist in forming who I will be as a practicing librarian. Thank you for taking the time to review my portfolio.