Oksana graduated from the MMLIS program in December 2021 and is now a manager of branches at Saskatoon Public Library in Saskatchewan, Canada. Learn more about Oksana and how the MMLIS program helped her career grow as an LIS professional.
If I am able to pick only one thing I am most proud of, it would be that I found the courage to apply to USC. When my family and I immigrated to Canada more than 20 years ago, we did not have any money. We accepted low-paying jobs and tried our best to raise the family and establish ourselves in our new country. I put the education of my family members first. All of them were able to achieve their dreams and then it was my turn. I had doubts about whether I was good enough. Not only did I apply, but about 20 months later, I am joining the Trojan alumni family with my MMLIS degree!
Yes! I have several pieces of advice!
The MMLIS program has already helped me to pivot my career. After spending about two decades in research and research administration, my plan was to pivot my career and join the LIS field. The uniqueness of the MMLIS program, which teaches both LIS and management, was appealing to my employer. I accepted a position as a Head Librarian and Branch Manager of a public library near the end of my fourth semester.
I was surprised how the design and intensity of the MMLIS program has helped me to grow as an LIS professional. The best pieces I wrote in my life were during the MMLIS program. The program has pushed me hard to think, analyze, and create and has opened a world of limitless possibilities to me. Fight On!