November 24, 2017

Suzan Lee | Movers & Shakers 2004

Working Connections

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Suzan Lee is dedicated to connecting aspiring professionals to opportunities in the world of special libraries. Five years ago Lee realized that most library students had only one resource for internships–their library schools–and that these offerings focused largely on public and academic libraries. As a senior research librarian at UBS Securities LLC in New York City, Lee was excited about the opportunities in special libraries and wanted to expose students to work in business, legal, medical, and other special libraries.

As outreach chair of the Special Libraries Association New York Chapter, Lee established an internship program that now places over 30 students annually in special libraries. Student demand drives the program, with placements ranging from museums to law firms, businesses to medical facilities. The program is so popular, and so unique, that Lee gets calls from students across the country and even worldwide.

Lee takes the time to meet every candidate, guiding them from ‘knowing what they don’t want to do’ toward an area of special libraries that matches their interest. Students arrange for credit from their library school, and Lee has to step into the process occasionally to make sure that students secure the position that is right for them. Lee also arranges for ‘job shadowing,’ a half-day informal visit with a working professional, as well as informational interviews.

Lee works with librarians-to-be as an adjunct instructor at Long Island University’s Palmer School of Library and Information Science and has completed a chapter on finding jobs in the forthcoming The Librarian’s Career Guidebook
(Scarecrow Pr.). For Lee, the challenges and excitement she has found in her work come with an additional expectation–that she share this career with a new generation.

 


Vitals

 

Current Position: Senior Research Librarian, UBS Securities LLC, New York
Degree: MLS, School of Information and Library Science, Pratt Institute, 1999
Volunteer Activities: Runs a knitting workshop at Gilda’s Club, a meeting place and resource for cancer patients and their families

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