A little about me

Hi all!  I’m Cheryl and I’m very excited to be finally taking this course!  I am a person who rewards herself, so this class is a reward for finishing all my required courses in the program.  Next semester I will do my e-portfolio and graduate after three long years!  It feels just like yesterday that I was starting this program and watching a video of Michael in INFO 200 (I had a different professor, but Michael was a guest lecturer a few times). Ever since that first semester I have wanted to take another class with him and here I finally am!  I’m also an intern for Michael with two other fabulous ladies, doing WordPress help, so this semester is a dream come true!

A little more about who I amPhoto of Cheryl May in the Kennedy Library Atrium

I work at an academic library (Kennedy Library at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo) on the central coast of California.  My background is in HR and finance and so I came to the Kennedy Library as the assistant to the dean overseeing the entire admin office operations in 2011.  Since that time my role has significantly expanded and I am currently the director of access, operations, and administrative services for the library.  I still oversee all the HR and financial functions, but I also oversee the building operations (we’re 5 floors and open 7am-12am, plus our first floor is 24 hours), as well as the circulation department (aka access services).  I’ve only met one other person who has this unique set of responsibilities, so I chalk it up to the uniqueness of our library and it’s needs, plus what I bring to the position.

Why I’m in this program

Like I said above, I started this program three years ago and I’ve been doing it part-time while working full-time in a management role, as well as raising two kids (now 17 and 19).  The decision to start this program came from me finally realizing I knew what I wanted to get my master’s degree in.  My bachelor’s is in psychology and I could just never find a degree program in this field that seemed to be in alignment with what I was doing and where I was going career-wise.  I explored degree programs at Cal Poly, but this is a polytechnic university focused heavily in the sciences, engineering, and agricultural areas.  The business school programs were geared towards MBA’s and Public Policy, and that didn’t seem to fit either.  I actually don’t remember how I stumbled upon the iSchool program; it may have actually been in my work and researching professional development opportunities for our staff.  But I knew it when I saw it that I had found my degree program.  The leadership and management pathway has been synchronistically in alignment with everything I am responsible for doing, and it has made me a better employee and leader.  I have used reports in this program to help inform others of our programs and strategic plans, and I have used readings in the course material to share with my other leadership team members to keep us all thinking about how we are leading the library.  I’m actually a little sad in that regard to my experience coming to an end because I will need to find ways in my personal life to keep learning.

Looking ahead

I don’t know what is in store for me in the future, but I know that having my MLIS will certainly open doors that couldn’t be opened before.  I’m excited for the content in this course because I KNOW it will be information I will put to use in my position.  Sometimes it’s not immediate, and sometimes it is, but it will happen!

  1. Hi Cheryl,
    It is interesting to hear that you found your way to ischool and librarianship through working at a campus.
    I will reach out to you if I have a WordPress question. Cheers.

  2. Hi Cheryl,

    I’m taking this class as a reward to myself too! I’ve been watching the schedules intently for it to come up for Regular Session and was so glad it finally popped up.
    You and I have had similar iSchool course pathways. I worked as a WordPress Assistant for Michael last year – it was an awesome experience! I’ll also be working on my e-port next semester with the intent of graduating in Spring, 2018. I’m preparing my Candidacy Approval Form now. I look forward to working with you in this class.

    1. Hi Dana! We are on a very similar path then! I almost forgot about the Candidacy Approval form… I’d better get going on that too! Thanks!

  3. Hi @cherylsmay – so cool to read your bio after already starting our WP work and work here. 🙂 Glad you are taking the class. I was glad to see the class pop up in regular session too – @dvlema Welcome to #hyperlib!

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