The Library Careers panel discussion, presented on June 11, 2015 by the University of North Texas Department of Library & Information Sciences Web Institute, was organized by the department's Dr. Xin Wang to inform the career planning of graduate students new to the field by educating them about aspects of a career in LIS.
The panel, consisting of librarians in various phases of their professional careers, included Donna Arnold, Music Librarian at the University of North Texas; Thomas Finley, Adult Services Librarian at the Frisco Public Library; Myriam Martinez-Banuelos, Outreach Librarian at the University of North Texas Health Science Center; Derek Reece, Digital Project Librarian at the University of Texas at Arlington; Mitch Stepanovich, Architecture Librarian at the University of Texas at Arlington; Barbara Thompson, Director of the Haslet Public Library; and Susan Whitmer, Humanities Librarian at Texas Woman’s University.
The panelists discussed their educational and professional backgrounds, how and why they became librarians, the responsibilities of their positions, the future of libraries, overcoming obstacles, and the benefits of librarianship.
As the Humanities Librarian in the TWU Libraries' Reference Department, Whitmer's research specialties are in the fields of Criminal Justice, Government & Political Science, History, Law, and Literature & Language. She is available for individual and group research consultations, as well as library instruction sessions within courses, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 940-898-3739.