Shona Thoma, Masters Library and Information Science student, Dublin

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Shona Thoma, Msc student, Library and Information Science, Dublin

Pleased to meet you… My name is Shona and I am currently working towards a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science at University College Dublin. It is a full-time one year course, and we are now half way through the second semester. As with most other MLIS programmes which are accredited, UCD SILS requires incoming students to have done a minimum of six weeks work experience in a library environment. I was lucky to obtain a nine month internship in a County Council’s headquarters where they were instigating an information service for staff. Prior to that I had worked in the area of Youth Work and as an EFL teacher. 

In addition to the core subjects of the MLIS, there is a broad selection of optional modules, preparing students for a variety of roles in the Information Profession. There is a good balance of theory and practical experience involved, and plenty of opportunities to explore what it means to be a librarian in the twenty-first century. This week is ‘reading week’ at UCD, which means we won’t have any lectures, but will be catching-up with assignments, of which there really is no shortage!
I am looking forward to being a part of the Voices for the Library project so that I can engage with others about the evolving opportunities for Information Professionals and how LIS programmes can best support students, whether at the beginning of their career or returning to education to obtain a formal qualification. I intend to tweet about the coursework I am doing, theoretical issues I encounter, and how these will be applicable to a career in the library world.
Shona usually tweets as @shinyshona.