Letter from the Editor, January 2012

Stacey NordlundWelcome to the January, 2012 issue of ALASC’s newsletter, the SLIS Descriptor. As I begin my final semester in the SLIS MLIS program, I am privileged to continue serving as editor of this ALASC publication. Every one of the submissions I edit comes bundled with each author’s unique experience, perspective, and style, and I benefit from the opportunity to engage in dialogue with members from the broad spectrum of the SJSU SLIS student body.

In this issue, you will notice the recurring themes of LIS careers and job searching, and the importance that attending conferences, completing internships, finding a mentor, and joining professional associations can play. The MLIS degree allows us to develop a very versatile skill set that can be used within the context of a number of unique career paths. As SJSU students, we should take advantage of our unique e-learning opportunity to develop skills—and, more importantly, knowledge—that can be used in many settings beyond the traditional. The articles in this issue of the SLIS Descriptor will provide you with some insight into the myriad possibilities that are out there for you to explore.

Have you submitted a piece for publication in the SLIS Descriptor? If not, I encourage you to do so. We seek to publish articles, announcements, book reviews, comics, conference experiences, poetry, event summaries, photographs, and more. If you have an idea, please contact us at alasc.descriptor@yahoo.com.

Wishing you all the best in your studies as we kick off the Spring 2012 semester!



Stacey Nordlund