My name is Alison Young. This is my professional portfolio. I have graduated from Texas Woman’s University in May 2021 with a Master’s in Library Science. This portfolio focuses on my experiences in library settings as well as my professional intentions.
I have a passion for both programming and technical services. Usually, technical services and public services are split up, but I feel that both complement one another. So, I would be pleased to work in either one. If I do end up working in public services, I know that my knowledge in cataloging will help me understand how a library’s collection is organized, how to help users, and how to use the library’s catalog. If I end up in technical services, I know that my experiences in programing and other public services will have me consider what ways I can create accessibility through the library’s systems.
Originally, I was going into the secondary teacher route. In the Fall of 2010, I attended the University of the Rio Grande Valley (then known as the University of Texas Pan-American.) I majored English with a Minor in Fine Art. Along the way of pursuing my Bachelor’s, I started working part-time as a bookshelver in my local library. That was where I made the discovery that I loved the library world and all its potential. At the end of my graduation, I chose not to pursue my teacher certification. Instead, I went to Texas Woman’s University in the Fall of 2017. Along the way, I was moved to full-time as a reference indexing assistant at my library. As of now, I am the Community Engagement Librarian of the Ardmore Public Library.