Greetings i3 family and friends,
I am thrilled to report that we are 55% of the way to our campaign goal! Again, many thanks to you for contributing and sharing our campaign with your networks. Below is a message from Marcia McIntosh, 2011 i3 Scholar and i3 Alumni Association President, explaining what i3 has meant to her over the years.
All the best,
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Five years ago a librarian-mentor e-mailed me a link to this new summer program for students interested in library and information science -- the iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3) at the University of Pittsburgh. I remember thinking at the time that the institute might help me make a decision as to whether or not graduate school would be the right decision for me. Little did I know, as I joined the first i3 cohort of 2011, how much I had underestimated the impact this new program would have on my life.
Today I work as a Digital Production Librarian at the University of North Texas. I can easily trace back how i3 has helped propel me to my current position. i3 not only provided me with guidance on making the decision to attend graduate school, but also led me to find the program I ended up attending—The School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. i3 has facilitated opportunities for me to develop professional skills like conference attendance, leadership training, teaching, and presenting long before I thought I needed them. Since completing the program, I have presented at conferences, have been invited back to i3 to serve as a guest lecturer and mentor, and recently completed a two year term as the inaugural i3 Alumni Association President, where I worked with a committee of i3 Scholars to organize and host the 2016 alumni reunion and multi-day professional development training.
Most importantly, i3 has provided me with a network of personal and professional friendships all over the country. My i3 network is diverse, it is ambitious, and it is supportive. I know my i3 experience is not unique. Many other scholars can and do add their praises. We are part of a larger community and I am excited to have the opportunity to give back to this wonderful program that helped me to launch my academic career. Let's keep i3 free for future students and continue expanding our network of scholars!
Marcia McIntosh (i3 2011)