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Students of the iSchool- Diversity Librarian Fellowship and Residency Program

Luster, Dominique

Name: Dominique Luster

Year in Program: second semester MLIS

Specialization: Archives and Information Management

What is your title?

SIS/ULS Diversity Intern and Resident

What does a typical day at position look like?

Fortunately and unfortunately I do not have a typical day. Over the course of the year I will rotate for 2-6 weeks at a time through about a dozen ULS departments including Preservation, Special Collections and Archives, Reference, and Administration. So a typical day in every department is different depending on the tasks that make up the functions of that department.

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A Pre-Arrival Reading List for the MLIS Program.

I was in the office and found a suggested reading list for the MLIS program. I had no idea that this existed before I applied, but it might be helpful for someone.

Below are some titles collected from faculty and students in the past. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, and none of these readings are required as a pre-requisite to starting the program; however, they may be helpful in preparing for your studies.

Presentation zen : simple ideas on presentation design and delivery / Garr Reynolds.
A new culture of learning: cultivating the imagination for a world of constant change / John Seely Brown.
Networks without a cause, a critique of social media / Geert Lovink.
Too big to know : rethinking knowledge now that the facts aren’t the facts, experts are everywhere, and the smartest person in the room is the room / David Weinberger.
This book is overdue! : how librarians and cybrarians can save us all / Marilyn Johnson.
The meaning of everything : the story of the Oxford English Dictionary / Simon Winchester.
Twenty-first-century kids, twenty-first-century librarians / Virginia A. Walter.
The design of everyday things / Donald A. Norman.
Free culture: how big media uses technology and the law to lock down culture and control creativity / Lawrence Lessig.
Evocative Objects: Things We Think With / Sherry Turkle.
The Clerk’s Tale: Young Men and Moral Life in Nineteenth-Century America
Who Owns Native Culture?
Into the Archive: Writing and Power in Colonial Peru
Archive Stories: Facts, Fictions, and the Writing of History
Scrapbooks: An American History
The Nazi Ancestral Proof: Genealogy, Racial Science, and the Final Solution
Posting It: The Victorian Revolution in Letter Writing
Becoming a Woman in the Age of Letters
Who Will Write Our History? Emanuel Ringelblum, the Warsaw Ghetto, and the Oyneg Shabes Archive
Mining the Home Movie: Excavations in Histories and Memories
Paper Families: Identity, Immigration Administration, and Chinese Exclusion
Yours Ever: People and Their Letters
Death of a Notary: Conquest and Change in Colonial New York
The Passport in America: The History of a Document
Evocative Objects: Things We Think With
Control Through Communication: The Rise of System in American Management


I passed my first semester of grad school! I would be lying if I said it didn’t feel good to be free. I am currently sitting on the couch having a Netflix marathon and pretending that January will never come.

This first semester has been a wild ride of ups and downs (more about the downs in another post). I have met some of the most amazing people from all over the country. Every day they teach me something new, and show me something from a new perspective. I am so happy and so fortunate to have them around.

Regarding classes, I have enjoyed some more than others. My favorites for this semester were Collection Development (highly recommended for all specializations) and Resources and Services for Adults. Up next, I have a winter break reading list for Resources and Services for Young Adults. The book list has about 16 titles on it. So far my favorites are Monster by Walter Dean Myers and Maus by Art Spiegelman.


6 down 10 to go

Outside of the academic world, I  learned a lot about myself last semester some good and some not so great. Every day is a challenge and next semester leaves room for change and improvement.

Enjoy a well deserved winter break.

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