Student Spotlight: Adrienne Teague

Name: Adrienne Teague
Program: MS in Library and Information Science
Expected graduation year: 2018
Job title: Teen Library Associate
Company: Tulsa City-County Library

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am 43 years old. My husband and I will celebrate our 20th anniversary this summer. We have two kids, ages 15 and 17, two large dogs, and one small cat. I teach dance to high school girls and ring English handbells in my spare time.

What is your academic background?

I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Oklahoma State University. I worked in juvenile justice for five years before having kids of my own and eventually decided to be a stay-at-home mom for a while.

What made you want to explore a career in library and information science? 

I’ve worked for the Tulsa City-County Library system for 11 years. I started as a shelver and worked my way up to teen library associate. I decided to pursue a master’s in library and information science because I know I want to keep working in public libraries, but I need a master’s to keep moving up.

How are you applying what you are learning in your program?

Every week something happens at work to which I can apply the skills and concepts I learn in class. In a meeting, I presented some of my work related to library system implementation, and it was amazing to see the concepts turned into actual, real-life business strategies right before my eyes!

What do you plan to do after you graduate with your master’s in library and information sciece?

I want to continue working in public libraries. I love the idea behind public libraries and I want to continue to increase the awareness of what libraries can bring to the communities they serve.

How will this degree move you closer to your long-term career goals?

This degree will give me the skills I need to confidently move forward on my career path. I’ve already learned so much I can put into practice right now. I look forward to continuing to grow in knowledge and with skills to keep up with cutting-edge library service.

Tell us about your experience collaborating with classmates in an online environment.

This online platform is fantastic. It is a happy medium between not having to leave the house and interacting with classmates in a classroom setting. I love that we can have that classroom give-and-take with immediate feedback. I feel so lucky to be able to get this education without having to relocate.

What advice do you have for others considering this degree?

If you are considering doing this degree online, I highly recommend it. I have friends in other online programs who are jealous of the kind of interaction I get with my classmates. We actually get to know one another, not just their handles on a forum page.