Jackie Freeman Depending on where (and when) you attended library school, a research methods class was probably a requirement. These types of courses are designed to provide students with theoretical knowledge of research methods – and if they are particularly fortunate – students may have an opportunity to work with a library practitioner on some aspect of that librarians’ research. Due to the length of most library school programs, these opportunities when offered are necessarily brief and often do not allow for sustained engagement with a project from inception to completion and dissemination.
Andrea Kang Before coming to the University of Michigan (U-M) School of Information in the fall of 2017, I made a promise to myself that my time here would be different from my time at my undergraduate institution. It would be different in that I would ensure that the feelings of isolation as a student of color at a predominantly white institution would not deter my initiative to seek out opportunities that would help advance my personal and professional skills. It would be different in that I would not be afraid to apply to positions I thought I was unqualified for simply because people in positions of power told me so in coded language.
Tori Culler As part of the Library as Research Lab Fellowship (LaRL), I have had the opportunity to explore many different careers in librarianship while honing a new set of research skills. While I had some experience working as a research assistant in various contexts prior to this program, LaRL has privileged me insight into what it means to conduct research in an academic library setting. As part of the Student Learning lab group, I have been able to be directly involved in the design and implementation of an original research study concerning the nature of student learning in in-person instruction sessions.