University Libraries

Information Professionals Panel Discussion

Thu, May 28 4:00-5:00 p.m. PST
Zoom meeting
Advance registration required

What does it take to be an information professional? What do librarians, data analysts and museum curators have in common? Learn from early and seasoned professionals about their paths to employment, recommendations to getting a job as an information professional, and ask your questions! All are welcome.

About the panelists:

  • Regina Tipton-Llamas - Local History & Reference Librarian at Ellensburg Public Library
    Regina Tipton-Llamas is the Reference Supervisor and Local Historian at the Ellensburg Public Library. She has held five different positions during her 24 years (in July) at the Ellensburg Public Library. Regina currently enjoys working from home while listening to true-crime podcasts and lying in the hammock with a good book. Regina also enjoys binge-watching docuseries, Spanish shows (both the language and from Spain), and British and Australian detective mysteries and historical dramas on Netflix.
  • Marty Blackson - Senior Lecturer, Archives and Special Collections at Brooks Library
    Marty Blackson is a Senior Lecturer in the Central Washington University Archives at Brooks library. He has been in that position since 2014. He is a Certified Archivist and has a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Washington. Marty grew up in the coal fields of Appalachia. After earning a bachelor degree in history from the University of Kentucky, he moved to Alaska and indulged his sense of adventure before becoming an elementary school librarian. Finding teaching enjoyable, he then earned a master's degree in education from the University of New Mexico. He taught in public schools in New Mexico, Kentucky, and Alaska for many years before coming back to his love of history and libraries by becoming an archivist.
  • Sadie Thayer - Director of Kittitas County Historical Museum
    Sadie Thayer has been the director of the Kittitas County Historical Museum in Ellensburg since 2010. She received a Master of Arts degree in Museum Studies with a focus in Collections Management from George Washington University in 2009. During her studies there, she interned for the National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian), the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the National Park Service. She also interned and volunteered at local museums frequently during her studies at Central Washington University, where she received two Bachelor of Arts degrees - Anthropology with Museum Studies Specialization, and History, in 2007. She is also very active in the Ellensburg Morning Rotary Club, where she served as President during 2017-2018, and in the Washington Museum Association where she is currently the president for 2019-2021.
  • Mich Mung Lim - 2017 Alum of the Library and Information Science Program
    During her time as an LIS student, Mich worked in the Government Publications department of the James E. Brooks Library and completed her internship with IBM. She has continued to work in the information profession in data analysis.

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