Learn more about USC's Master of Management in Library & Information Science (MMLIS), offered through the top-ranked USC Marshall School of Business.
Learn more about USC's online MMLIS program by talking with one of our alumni ambassadors. As graduates of our program, they can answer your questions about their student experience, and how the degree program shaped their careers.
Earning an MMLIS degree helped pivot and advance Oksana’s career in the library science field. While still in the program, she was offered a head librarian and branch manager position in summer 2021 in North Battleford, Canada. Using her acquired management and library science skills from the MMLIS program, Oksana successfully reopened the library after it had been closed during the pandemic.
Since then, Oksana secured a new job as manager of two branches of the Saskatoon Public Library. If she’s “on-call”, she manages all nine of the branches. “The MMLIS program has helped me, and will help you get where you want to be,” she stated. “I am an adult learner, International student, first generation Canadian, who emigrated from a non-English speaking country, I was born and raised in Kyiv, Ukraine. All you need to do is believe in yourself. If you think you can, you can do it!”
When not working, Oksana loves to give back to her community, spend time with her family, and participate in performance sports with her dogs.
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With a B.A. in Anthropology and having studied culinary arts in both the US and China, Dieter worked at the intersection of culinary education and cultural immersion programming abroad for several years before starting the MMLIS program. Knowing that he wanted to orient his career around outreach and instruction with culinary heritage records, he focused his studies at USC on food history research methods, primary source literacy instruction, and innovative outreach strategies.
As a graduate student at USC, Dieter interned as a researcher for the USC Libraries-produced television program Lost LA, conducting archival research to identify relevant audiovisual resources to incorporate into the show. He also completed a separate internship at the Ella Strong Denison Library at Scripps College, where he got a thorough introduction to the daily operations of a world class archival repository and authored an original finding aid. The professional connections he made and skills he gained while at USC were instrumental to his recent appointment as Special Collections and Archives Processing Specialist at Cal Poly Pomona.
Dieter is eager to talk to the next generation of librarians and archivists about the exciting opportunities available in the library science field and about the advantages of the MMLIS curriculum.
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During her time as a student, Trista worked for two public libraries in San Diego, and for USC libraries as a remote student worker. She was promoted to a part-time reference librarian position shortly after earning her degree and now she is now a full-time Librarian II with a city library.
“If you are curious about public libraries, I may be able to help answer your questions! I love sharing about all the different opportunities there are within the world of information science, including ideas for internships and broadening you job search. This degree opens a lot of doors so don’t be shy to think outside the book! I can help with that as well. Just let me know!”
When she’s not working, she is spending time with her husband, son, cat and other Trojans.
Learn more about Trista in her alum Q&A.
Alvaro is currently a science and engineering librarian for USC Libraries. His years of experience include working in academic and special libraries (medical and law). In his prior roles he served as an access supervisor at USC’s Norris Medical Library and branch attendant for the Los Angeles County Law Library.
“I enjoy helping others grow and believe that collaborating and sharing life experiences provides tremendous influence over the people we are. I am more than happy to hear about your professional aspirations and provide my professional insight on topics and interests of your liking.”
The MMLIS degree proved to be the exact thing Anita needed to move her career to the next level. Shortly after graduation, she was hired back to her previous job in Burbank as the Adult Literacy librarian, supervising the grant program, staff, volunteer tutors, and learners. When building operations were paused a couple of months later because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Anita helped facilitate the transition of adult literacy services to a distance learning format.
During the Summer of 2021, Anita received an unexpected offer to lead the Pomona Public Library as their Library Manager. Heading a Library has long been her dream job, and she was thrilled to have accomplished this goal within just a couple of years post-degree. Alongside staff, with the support of the City and local organizations, and using her job and educational experience, she helped lead Pomona to reopening after the pandemic closure, and is currently in the midst of a building remodel project, grant management, and more.
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