Thursday, June 25, 2015

Susan Whitmer On a Library Career

Susan Whitmer (R), Humanities Librarian at the Blagg-Huey
Library on the Denton campus, answers a question from an
audience member during a panel discussion on careers in
the field of library and information sciences presented by
the University of North Texas Department of Library & In-
formation Sciences Web Institute.  Pictured with Whitmer is
Donna Arnold, Music Librarian at the University of North
Texas.  Photograph by Dr. Xin Wang.  June 11, 2015. 
Susan Whitmer, Humanities Librarian at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU, was among a panel of North Texas-area library professionals who gathered recently to discuss careers in the library and information sciences (LIS).

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 TexasThomas Finley, Adult Services Librarian at the Frisco Public LibraryMyriam Martinez-Banuelos, Outreach Librarian at the University of North Texas Health Science CenterDerek Reece, Digital Project Librarian at the University of Texas at ArlingtonMitch Stepanovich, Architecture Librarian at the University of Texas at ArlingtonBarbara 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.

North Texas-area library professionals take part in a panel discussion of careers in library and information sciences presented by the University of North Texas Department of Library & Information Sciences Web Institute.  Panelists included (L-R) Thomas Finley, Adult Services Librarian at the Frisco Public Library; Barbara Thompson, Director of the Haslet Public Library; Donna Arnold, Music Librarian at the University of North Texas; Susan Whitmer, Humanities Librarian at Texas Woman’s University; Myriam Martinez-Banuelos, Outreach Librarian at the University of North Texas Health Science Center; Mitch Stepanovich, Architecture Librarian at the University of Texas at Arlington; and Derek Reece, Digital Project Librarian at the University of Texas at Arlington.  Photograph by Dr. Xin Wang.  June 11, 2015.






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 swhitmer@twu.edu or 940-898-3739. 
  
~Susan Whitmer

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