Posted October 29, 2018
By Abe Danaher, communications assistant
Under the mentorship of Dr. Sarah Keeling, three School of Library and Information Science students attended the Historically
Black Colleges and Universities Library Alliance Conference in Atlanta Oct. 7-9. The
conference offered the three students — Patrice Green, Jocelyn Pettigrew and Ashley
Silvera — the opportunity to network with professionals in the field and speak in
front of all the attendees.
“It was just a really good way to make connections,” said Keeling, a student services
manager and adjunct faculty member in SLIS. “I was able to make connections for the
school and the students were able to make connections. The more people you know, the
bigger your network is and the better it is for everybody.”
These connections included students meeting Wanda Brown, the incoming president of
the American Library Association and the first president of the association to graduate
from a historically black college or university.
“It was wonderful and she had lots of good advice,” said Green, a master’s student
pursuing a dual degree in public history and library and information science. “She mentioned that we need to network, of course. She mentioned that it’s important
for us to reach out to all types of people.”
Outside of the conference providing an excellent opportunity for the students to network,
it also allowed them to let their voices be heard.
Pettigrew, Green and Silvera were asked to speak about their experiences in the field
of librarianship on a panel titled, “The New Faces of Librarianship: A Student Perspectives
Panel.” On this panel, they were asked why they decided to enter the field, what internships
they have completed and what their plans for the future are after graduation.
Green said that speaking on the panel was “a lot of fun” and that the opportunity
made her feel a part of the larger academic community.
“The conference was for older people,” Green explained. “To get to tell them our millennial
perspective was helpful. I’ve never had the opportunity to explain myself in that