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Through co-op, Jessica was able to pave the way to her current position, gaining what she calls “invaluable experiences” each step along the way.

Emily is our 2017/2018 iSchool (SLAIS) MLIS Co-op Student of the Year, honoured for her work term with the UBC Learning Exchange and UBC Library’s Community Engagement team. Emily is extremely excited about a future in which libraries can help communities by dismantling barriers to information access.

Connecting with professionals in her field has been invaluable because she is able to “hear about others’ career pathways and the kind of work they do at the university, offering some perspective on the information field.”

The co-op program gave Susanne an opportunity to put the theoretical knowledge she gained in her studies into practice in both the private sector and in government, leading to a full time job upon graduation. Susanne believes that “it is important to be able to make the connection between theory and practice before you finish a school program as it prepares you for the reality of working in your chosen field and shortens the learning curve when you are hired.”

Sarah Rathjen won the 2010 SLAIS Student Of the Year (Master of Archival Studies) due to her outstanding achievement in all aspects of student performance, including academics, the  workplace, and professional and community involvement. Her work term at Royal BC Museum in Victoria illustrates how co-op played a role in bridging her academics and career development.

In 2015, Paige Hohmann won the iSchool (SLAIS) MAS Co-op Student of the Year for her outstanding work term with UBC Okanagan Library, Okanagan Special Collections.

During her co-op term at the Washington State Archives, Kelly came across a report that “validated the importance of archival theory and was a glorious demonstration of how theory gets applied in real life.”

Jeanie Lai says, “The co-op program has opened my eyes to the boundless number of jobs in our workplace, wherever they are, and the variety of positions an Arts student is capable of excelling in.”

Co-op has helped Dan gain career-related work experience, a deeper understanding of his SLAIS classes, and even a substantial scholarship based on an essay written about his work term experience.

Congratulations to Jennette Chalcraft, our MAS Co-op Student of the Year for 2017! Jennette has been recognized for impressive work term at Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), and for her substantial engagements in the library community at UBC and beyond.