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Words of wisdom from our MA and BA alumni

altKayo Denda (MA Alumnae '10)

As women’s studies librarian doing collection development and working as liaison with the WGS community at Rutgers, I always felt a professional responsibility to evaluate how library resources and services are (or are not) useful for feminist investigations. Aside from intellectual curiosity and a desire to challenge myself, I started the M.A. Program because I felt that embedding myself in the classrooms was the best way to achieve my goal, while getting to know more about the community I worked with. I certainly was not disappointed! I cannot express enough my gratitude to every faculty member whose course I took, as each one of them welcomed me in their classrooms. The class lectures/discussions provided me with opportunities to familiarize myself with faculty research directly and to get to know my fellow classmates and their research interests. The insights I gained are truly valuable in my librarianship, as I can now apply them in strategies regarding building collections and designing specific services. When time finally came to think about practicum or a thesis (I was a very part-time student), I decided to do a practicum that was relevant to my work. I examined the pamphlet collections from Guyana and Brazil from the /Latin American Twentieth Century Pamphlets/ collection at Rutgers Libraries. My practicum report was titled “Archival Resources Reimagined: a Feminist Examination of the /Latin American Twentieth Century Pamphlets/.” I received wonderful guidance from Carlos Decena and Yana Rodgers, my practicum committee members, and especially from my esteemed and dear adviser, Nancy Hewitt, who continued to advise me from the other side of the Atlantic during her leave.

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