2012 Alumna Katy Oskoui joined the University of Maryland’s Master in Library Science program in August 2010, with the ultimate goal of becoming a school librarian. Two years later she’s realizing her goal – she is the new librarian at the Connelly School of the Holy Child, a 6th – 12th grade prep school in Potomac, MD. Katy attributes the preparation she gained at the iSchool for giving her the confidence and competitive edge to succeed in the job search. Katy was thrilled to be offered two jobs before she graduated in June! She states that she’s already been able to implement new technology to integrate additional digitized materials and that she’s spearheading a new systematic approach to the research process that will be put into effect school-wide this academic school year.
Says Katy, “The quality and accessibility of the program here [at the satellite campus at the Universities at Shady Grove] cannot be beaten. It’s an ideal setting for career changers like me. The professional and quiet ambiance, convenient evening and weekend classes, plentiful free parking and excellent dining options make it a pleasure to drive over for classes.”
Katy believes that transformative teaching happens here at Maryland’s iSchool. “You’ll receive solid fundamental instruction combined with current best practices and emerging innovations in the field. They’ve designed and are continually improving the curriculum to maintain the highest standards in the library science field. I know that our iSchool is a leader in the field in adapting to the new realities of our digital world.”
She found the curriculum provided a good balance between theory and practice across the board, which was important to her and many of Maryland iSchool students. Practical fieldwork opportunities were plentiful and she found that faculty was open to ideas about combining experience in the field with coursework and encouraged it.
“I think students completing their degrees here leave equipped to enter the field in a variety of capacities. I feel well prepared, not only in my school library concentration, but with solid overall knowledge in information science. The iSchool at Shady Grove puts students and graduates on a path to maximize opportunities.”
Congratulations to Katy and best wishes for a successful career in school library media!