Debbie Revzin is joining the Wyoming State Library this summer as an intern. Debbie is a MLIS student at Simmons College in Boston with an interest in state libraries. She will graduate in 2019.
“Having a new perspective on loan for the summer is very exciting,” said Jamie Markus, State Librarian. “We plan to tap into Debbie’s talent in user experience design to enhance the Wyoming Places digital collection.”
Debbie grew up in Pennsylvania and obtained her BA in Communications from Penn State. She moved to Atlanta, Georgia, in 2010 to pursue a job opportunity. Her pursuit of an MLIS took her to Boston in 2017 where she works for Harvard University’s Office of Scholarly Communication acquiring and maintaining published works from faculty and visiting scholars for Harvard’s open access repository, DASH.
She’s worked in various roles: as a technical writer for Georgia State University; Communications Manager for a small city in Georgia; Knowledge Management Intern at Abt Associates; and in Education Operations for SAP America. She also has an Event and Meeting Planning Certification from Emory University and has planned and executed both municipal and private events.
For the summer, she’ll be here in Cheyenne as she completes her internship. “My husband has family that lives in Wyoming,” she said. “and after visiting the first time I fell in love with the state. Each time we’ve visited, I find myself drawn more and more to this place.”
When she began researching places to complete her internship, “I wanted to find a place that I connected with and an institution that was active in its library community where I could use my skils and get a lot of hands-on experience. The Wyoming State Library checked off all those boxes and offers me the ability to learn more about state libraries.”
She reached out to State Librarian Jamie Markus, expressing her interest. They worked together to formalize a plan that fit with Simmons’ internship criteria and that worked for the WSL.
Debbie is housed in the Information Services Office and will work on a number of varied projects this summer from Wyoming Places to reviewing position playbooks to marketing. She’ll visit all WSL sections to learn about how each supports the Wyoming library community.
While here, she said, “I hope to learn about the daily operations of a state library, the digitization process both on the front end and back end and more about library development. I’m also hoping I can provide some fresh insight on documentation and user experience projects.” After she graduates in 2019, her goal is to work with an institution that is passionate about its community and strives to improve the library field for both librarians and information users.