Alumni spotlight: Emily Puckett Rodgers
Emily Puckett Rodgers, MSI ‘10
Special Projects Librarian for Operations, Learning and Teaching, and Research at the University of Michigan Library
Before coming to UMSI, Emily earned a BA in anthropology at the University of Arkansas. She worked as an assistant youth services librarian at Fayetteville Public Library and as a reference clerical assistant for the University of Arkansas before coming to the University of Michigan.
Emily’s UMSI experience
While at UMSI, Emily was active in the Community Information Corps (CIC), a student organization of future information professionals interested in public service. The experience that she gained from working with CIC, combined with her teaching assistant experience and group work in client-based courses, has proven to be extremely valuable to Emily’s career success.
Applying her education to a career
"I assist library decision makers with major initiatives and projects," said Emily. Her projects range from assessing space usage in the libraries to evaluating opportunities to invest in digital resources and participating in conversations about how the library can support more collaborative to interdisciplinary research and scholarship across our campus. "Project management, administrative organization, and strategic planning exposure from UMSI classes have all been key elements to my success in this role," she said.
As an open education coordinator for Open.Michigan, Emily used many skills that she learned at UMSI, such as design-thinking, contextual inquiry, and evaluation. She also applied the skills that she learned outside the classroom while at UMSI.
“I was able to participate in high level strategic planning and management in my internship, an experience that directly relates to my responsibilities in my work," she says. "Without this insight and experience, I wouldn't have been able to move as quickly or as confidently into my role as a strategic thinker.”
For her role at Open.Michigan, she was named a 2013 Mover & Shaker by the Library Journal in the Innovators category.