Once a year, RMSLA awards the Rebecca Jackson Memorial Scholarship to a library and information science student who has an interest in pursuing a career as a special librarian or an information professional. The scholarship is named for Rebecca Jackson, an outstanding chapter member who was dedicated to mentoring library school students.
This year’s winner, Julie Teglovic, was awarded $1200 on Monday night at RMSLA’s holiday party. Julie, who has worked in public, academic, and special libraries, says that she finds work in nontraditional library settings the most interesting. Read about Julie, her accomplishments, and her professional activities in the feature below.
About Julie Teglovic
I’m taking my time finishing up my MLIS at the University of Denver while working a couple of jobs (see below) and living in Denver.
I’m a Research Fellow at the Library Research Service (part of the Colorado State Library), where I do a lot of statistical analysis and report writing on a variety of library issues. I’m also the Admin. Assistant at the Colorado Library Consortium, which is a nonprofit organization that offers courier service, consulting, continuing education, and cooperative purchasing to all Colorado libraries. I’ve done stints paging at a public library and copy-cataloging in an academic one over the past couple years, too.
I got my BA in English and American literature from NYU and am still at DU working on my MLIS now. I’m still really interested in literature and critical theory and will probably want to return to studying those more formally at some point.
Involvement with RMSLA:
I became an officer in the DU student SLA chapter in my first year of school and have remained highly involved with the organization since then. I’ve been active in RMSLA as well, providing administrative and registration support at annual meetings for the past few years. I served on the Colorado Association of Law Libraries-sponsored Spotlight on Your Career Committee this year, and I am currently the Student Representative on the Colorado Libraries Collaborate! Committee. I’m also a member of several ALA round tables concerned with issues in special librarianship, including the Library Research Round Table and the GLBT Round Table.
As an MLIS student and an information professional, what do you find valuable about RMSLA?
I find the range of opportunities outside traditional library environments–and by extension the people that pursue them–very refreshing. It seems like the most interesting careers are really in these margins and overlaps, in the spaces we might not even consider (because we haven’t been told how to think about them) as library students. Careers in research, in science/medicine, in publishing, in government or NGOs, in corporate settings–RMSLA gives you access to the people that are doing these kinds of work and a different framework for thinking about job paths in LIS.
Why would you recommend RMSLA to other MLIS students?
The people, above all. It’s given me a very valuable network of professionals doing lots of different interesting types of work.
I always have a few different books in progress to suit different moods. I really enjoy the titles from Library Juice Press; I hope to start an internship with them next month. I’m trying to brush up a bit on the history of and current crises in (mainly academic) publishing to prepare. I’m almost done with Labor and Monopoly Capital: The Degradation of Work in the Twentieth Century, and dipping into The Best European Fiction 2011 and The Collected Poems of Weldon Kees (he was Director of BCR in Denver in the late 30s!) on busses and trains and before bed. I picked up the new Jeffrey Eugenides book but it’s pretty annoying so far.
I enjoy clothes more than I’m comfortable with. I love thrift stores and used clothing. I do hot yoga, listen to a lot of political and humor podcasts, and watch a lot of depressing Swedish movies from the 60s. I enjoy proofreading, editing, and making up silly words.
To contribute to the Rebecca Jackson Memorial Scholarship fund, please visit http://rockymountain.sla.org/scholarship/contribute-to-the-scholarship-fund/