Jennifer Conley

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Jennifer Conley is pursuing her MLS degree at the University of Missouri and expects to graduate in May 2015. 

What has been your biggest challenge in library school?
I think for any adult student there are challenges in maintaining the work/home/school balance. It helps to have a support system at home; my husband and son are both excellent at taking on some of my normal household tasks when I have a busier school schedule. On a class level, I found learning about the concept and use of metadata was both fascinating and mind-boggling to this technology newbie. It was a challenge to wrap my brain around, but I love the topic and hope to expand on it more before I graduate.

When you look toward the future of libraries, what are you most excited about?
One of the most frequent responses I hear from people when I mention I am pursuing my MLS is, “Is there even a future in libraries since the world will be all digital soon?” I’m excited to be a part of the evolving definition of a librarian and show how there is an even greater need for the skills that librarians possess. Digital does not mean our services or centers will be extinct, but it does mean that we need to be open to change and be able to find new ways to best serve our communities and end users.

What do you value about SLA?
SLA has been a wealth of information for me. The resource guides provide insight into areas that will be applicable to my future career path, whether I end up working as an embedded librarian within a business or take a more traditional route. The webinars and Information Outlook are two additional ways that I am able to stay current on industry topics and gain more inside knowledge.

Why did you join SLA?
SLA has been a great way to keep in touch with my classmates outside of school, and I use it to keep up with my network of librarian friends. With low student rates, there is no reason for students NOT to join as the value received is so much more than the annual membership fee.

What book(s) are you currently reading?
While I’m in school, I tend to gravitate to lighter YA and children’s literature. I just finished the 100 Cupboardsseries by N. D. Wilson and the Gregor the Overlander series by Suzanne Collins. My son and I are also working our way through the Harry Potter series on CD.

What’s your favorite new app, program, or website?
I am a self-proclaimed Pinterest junkie! I love to find inspiring quotes, new recipes, or DIY projects that I may or may not get around to creating.

How can people connect with you?
You can find me at the following social media spots:
Twitter: @beandipsmom
Facebook and Pinterest: Jennifer McDaniel Conley
Email: conley0619 (at) gmail (dot) com