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Meet the Interns! Susie Seefelt Lesieutre and Laura Damon-Moore

Posted by on Thursday, October 06, 2011 in WLA News

The WLAF has hired two graduate students from UW-Madison SLIS as publicrelations interns for the Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries. We are excited to have individuals of their caliber working for WLAF. Read all about them in their profiles below:

Name:  Susie Seefelt Lesieutre
Professional Status: 1st year SLIS student at UWMadison (going part time). Worked as an ESL instructor for many years afterobtaining a Master’s in TESOL. Completed further graduate work in publishingand communications and then worked for several years as an editor, both in-houseand freelance, focusing on independent and academic press publications.

I decided to pursuethe MLS because I felt that the program would build nicely on my previousprofessions of teaching ESL and editing. And I love being around books andreference materials (but see “aha” moment below).
The biggest “aha”experience of my SLIS education so far is that “digital” defines theprofession to a much greater degree than I had expected. I was amazed to learnthat academic libraries now often share large database collections that are packagedand sold by vendors, and that as a result of this libraries are having tocancel print journal subscriptions by the thousands and are placing books and otherprinted matter in remote shelving. Although I am sad to think of things gettingcanceled and tucked away out of sight, I also think this is a fascinating timeto be in librarianship: I may no longer be helping users find books, but I willstill be helping them find what they need by navigating new and innovative waysof storing and retrieving information. And I appreciate even more the set ofmid-1950s Encylopaedia Britannica Iown, which my husband, the eBook Reader fan, threatens every now and then toplace in his own version of remote shelving—boxes in the basement.
Professionally, in3-5 years, I hope to be finished with my degree and working in a library onthe UW campus, possibly in a reference or library curation position.
Something interestingabout me (not related to libraries): My husband and I adopted our daughterfrom Guatemala when she was an infant. She’s now 7-years-old and is in thesecond grade. We have been to Guatemala once since picking her up, to visitwith the birth family—an amazing, poignant trip.
Favorite thing to dowhen I’m not working/going to school: traveling with my family.
What I hope tocontribute during my internship: By drawing on my background in languageand communication studies, I hope to effectively compose monthly emails for theWLA that will contain recommendations for librarians across the state on how tobuild advocacy activities into their monthly calendar of events.

Name: LauraDamon-Moore
Professional Status: GraduateStudent and Office Assistant to the UW–Madison General Library System
I decided to pursuethe MLS because I thrive on conversations and learning about new people,new ideas, new technologies, you name it. I enjoy being an educator outside ofa traditional classroom. I am a firm believer ininterdisciplinary/cross-curricular education and I think that libraries canserve as a fabulous bridge between disciplines and schools of thought.
The biggest “aha”experience of my SLIS education so far: My fieldwork at Hedberg PublicLibrary in Janesville. It realized for me a love for working with young adultsand teens of which I was not previously aware.
Professionally, in 3-5years, I hope to be working! Many options and ideas: teen/youth services,undergraduate services, library communications, instruction and programming,etc.
Something interestingabout me (not related to libraries): I was a theatre major in college! Thisis coming in handy when teaching library workshops! I also worked in theenergetic world of student affairs for two years before library school, whichhas informed a lot of how I approach library work today. Oh, and my hometownlibrary is Cole Library – a joint-use academic and public library in the tinytown of Mount Vernon, Iowa. That has had quite an impact on my view oflibraries, too!
Favorite thing to dowhen I’m not working/going to school: Read (right now? George R. R.Martin). Do yoga. Take walks by the Madison lakes. Enjoy my first year ofmarried life with Jim!
What I hope tocontribute during my internship: An interesting look at Wisconsin librariesfor a general public audience. I really want to make library users andnon-users aware of the awesome things going on in our state's libraries.

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