April 05, 2004
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456 or mstepanovich@csub.edu

Students and community members will have the chance to speak with professionals from throughout California about careers in information professions at the second annual Library and Information Science Expo at California State University, Bakersfield.

The expo is scheduled Thursday, April 22, from noon to 5 p.m. in the Dezember Reading Room in CSUB’s Walter Stiern Library. The expo and is free and open to the public, and free parking is available during the expo in designated parking areas. Refreshments will be served.

“A master’s degree in library science, information studies or school librarianship can open doors to a wide range of career options in corporate, academic, professional, school and public environments,” said Rod Hersberger, director of CSUB’s Walter Stiern Library. “People are often surprised to learn about the variety of career opportunities available to them in library and information science.”

Attendees will have the opportunity to talk with librarians and information specialists who work in a variety of professions. Along with information and library specialists from the Kern County area, representatives from the following organizations and educational institutions will be available to discuss library and information science careers and education:

Graduate-school recruiters for library and information studies programs at San Jose State University, CSU Long Beach, Fresno Pacific University, the University of Arizona and UCLA will attend the expo to provide information about their programs. Additionally, alumni from information-studies programs in Hawaii, Oklahoma and Texas will also be on hand to provide information about their schools.

Several videotaped and live presentations will be available throughout the day, and free literature about information science careers, programs (including online degrees), scholarships, and internships will be provided.

“The aim of the expo is to awaken people to new career options in information centers and libraries that they never thought of before,” Hersberger said.

For more information about the expo, please call (661) 664-3256, or visit the expo Web site at www.lib.csub.edu/ref/expo.htm.