LSU Library Science Student Honored by Special Libraries Association

01/22/2013 03:03 PM

BATON ROUGE – The College of Human Sciences & Education is pleased to announce that Amanda Lehman, a Master of Library and Information Science, or MLIS, student at LSU, is the winner of the Special Libraries Association, or SLA, Sci-Tech Division Free Student Membership Contest.  

The contest invited library and information science students to write an answer to one of various prompts. Lehman selected the topic “Tell us about a Sci-Tech focused experience or project that you have participated in, implemented or learned about.  How has this experience helped to prepare you for a career in Sci-Tech librarianship?” Her answer earned her the top prize, which is a free Special Libraries Association membership, and it will also be featured in an upcoming Sci-Tech news article.

A native of Arvada, Colo., Lehman is entering her final semester of the MLIS program.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in English and French, with a minor in math from the University of Wyoming. Lehman is currently working to create a knowledge-discovery tool for information about oil spills as a graduate assistant to Yejun Wu, assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Science. She hopes to work in science and technology librarianship or information science, ideally in a smaller academic library or scientific division along the Rocky Mountain Front Range.

Lehman credits her award-winning answer to her work with Wu.  

“It’s amazing how one challenging opportunity can lead to a multitude of others,” Lehman said. “This award is a great opportunity to explore membership in the Special Libraries Association, which I have always been interested in. I look forward to connecting to other science and technology oriented librarians as I start looking for jobs after graduation.”  

Lehman added that her dream job is to be a library systems consultant working with a scientific database or other resource provider.

“We are so proud of the work Amanda is doing at LSU,” School of Library and Information Science Director Beth Paskoff said. “It is wonderful that she has been selected for this recognition from the Special Libraries Association.”

SLA is a nonprofit global organization for innovative information professionals and their strategic partners. SLA promotes and strengthens its members through learning, advocacy and networking initiatives.  

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The School of Library and Information Science offers an MLIS degree with specializations in archives, information management and libraries. It is one of six schools realigned to form the new LSU College of Human Sciences & Education, joining the School of Education, the School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Social Work and the University Laboratory School.

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Billy  Gomila 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2013