Elizabeth Noelle Love
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This portfolio contains a summary of my accomplishments in the master’s program at Emporia State University’s School of Library and Information Management (SLIM) located in Emporia, Kansas, an American Library Association (ALA) accredited program. I hope you enjoy reviewing my work.
During my childhood, my interest in libraries was sparked by weekly trips to the Carnegie Library in Anthony, Kansas, with my mother and younger brother. While exploring the shelves of books in all sections of the impressive structure, I learned that one can find information on almost any topic and can enhancement their own knowledge just by reading. My mother, who was denied a college education due to social circumstances, educated herself on a broad range of topics by checking out hundreds of books from the library.
I graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Creative Writing. My main studies included the works of Shakespeare, Native American literature, Science Fiction work, genre fiction writing, and poetry. I rounded my literature and writing studies with concert band and orchestral music, and with the subjects of anthropology, economics, and astronomy. My love for words has led to the writing and publishing of a collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy short stories, two Science Fiction novels, and several poems included in both print and online anthologies. After holding a variety of positions in the public workforce, I decided to carry those workplace skills accumulated over the previous twenty years into a career in librarianship.
By achieving a Master of Arts degree in Library and Information Science from Emporia State University, I intend to meld my years of collaborative and management experience with the theories and practical knowledge of librarianship I have gained through the program. Whether my role is as a cataloger, archivist, or library manager, I will embrace the tenets of the American Library Association and the Library Bill of Rights to uphold access to information for all members of the global community, to promote the use of libraries as places to seek knowledge, obtain intellectual freedom, and initiate self-improvement, and to advocate for the preservation of materials presenting all points of view on current and historical issues.
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*Top Image: Diamond Head, Honolulu, 'Oahu, Hawai'i, taken from Ala Moana Beach
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