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Alyssa Arciello

2012 Walsh Graduate

Major:

Museum Studies

Year of Graduation:

2012

Current Job Title:

Interlibrary Loan Specialist; Collections Manager

Place of Employment:

Walsh University's Brother Edmond Druin Library; Spring Hill Historic Home

Why did you choose Walsh?

I chose Walsh University specifically for their Museum Studies program. I originally was a Conservation major at Kent State University, but when I was in the program it didn't fit me. I took some history classes at Kent and it felt right. From there I started volunteering at local museums and I knew that was what I wanted to do. While I was at Kent, it was then brought to my attention by a family friend that Walsh had just started a Museum Studies program that could be combined with History for a double major. As soon as I heard that I knew Walsh was where I wanted to be.

Describe briefly what you do in your current job.

I am the Evening Circulation, Interlibrary Loan Staff at the library at Walsh University. Primarily my job is to assist faculty members and students with their interlibrary loan requests. These are books, movies, articles, etc. that cannot be found through OPAL or OhioLINK. All of these requests are sent to me and I process them through WorldShare. I also work as Collections Manager at Spring Hill Historic Home in Massillon. As Collections Manager, I am in charge of the preservation of artifacts and archives located within the house.

Describe your graduate program in MLIS and what prompted you to pursue that degree.

Of all the museum jobs that I was introduced to in my time at Walsh, the one that stuck out the most to me was the archivist. It seemed like a perfect fit to combine my love of history and desire to work in a museum. I decided to pursue an MLIS when I discovered that in order to be an archivist it is recommended to have a MLIS. Within this degree I can concentrate on archival science, which is what I am currently doing. After graduation I took a semester off and then in Spring 2013, I started my master’s program at Kent State University. The MLIS degree takes about a year to complete and ends with a practicum instead of a Master’s Thesis. My degree is completely online, which allows me to work as well as go to school. It is very convenient as I can do the work on my own time, but I really miss the face-to-face interaction that I got at Walsh.

How did Walsh prepare you for your current job?

Walsh prepared me in so many ways for my profession and graduate education. While I was at Walsh I received valuable hands-on experience that I employ daily at work. As a graduate student, research and proper writing style are major aspects and the history and museum studies programs at Walsh prepared me for graduate level work. My professors always pushed us to write clearly, concisely, and at a higher level and this has helped me in my graduate degree.

What advice would you give to someone who is considering attending Walsh University?

My advice to a potential student at Walsh would be get to know your professors. To me, knowing my professors and feeling comfortable to approach them about any problem or issue I was having was the best part about Walsh. When I was at Kent State, I only knew one of my professors, but after my first semester at Walsh I knew every single one of my professors. Being a smaller school, versus larger state schools, it allows one-on-one interaction between professor and students. This helped me so much not only as a student, but as a person. To have teachers who are actually concerned about what I was learning and I how I felt about the learning process was one of the best things in my college career.