Brian Huffman '11

Library and Information Science

The collegiality, coursework and networking opportunities that were available at St. Kate’s were instrumental in helping me advance in my career.

Deciding on an Area of Study

Brian Huffman doesn't pull any punches when asked about his interest in librarianship. "It seemed a natural for me," he said.

Brian worked as a library assistant while pursuing his J.D. Then he practiced law for 10 years. After deciding he wanted to change course and pursue a new career, things came full circle and he found himself interested in librarianship once again.

Brian said "it combined my love of information, service and logic/organization."

Building Experience

He began a job with a county law library the same time he started in St. Kate's Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program. "The collegiality, coursework and networking opportunities that were available at St. Kate’s were instrumental in helping me advance in my career," he says.

Today

After graduating in 2011 and continuing to work locally thereafter, Brian soon found himself with an alluring job possibility — almost 4,000 miles away.

He took that far-flung opportunity to become an electronic resources librarian at the University of Hawaii–Mānoa in the William S. Richardson School of Law Library. He enjoys his colleagues and being knee deep in the rapidly evolving world of electronic resources for legal research.

His advice to current MLIS students: Get involved by attending conferences, performing information interviews and considering internships or practicums. "Keep your mind open to all career possibilities," he said.

As someone whose MLIS took him from the Midwest to the middle of the Pacific Ocean, we're inclined to listen to his advice.