LAMP Scholar Miguel Ruiz has a Passion for Library Science

By Lena Chapin

Jose Miguel Ruiz began working in libraries at age 15, stacking books to save for his first car. Now, eight years and four library positions later, Miguel has chosen librarianship as a career path.

Miguel spent the past month working with Ohio University Libraries as a LAMP scholar. The Library Information Science Access Midwest Program (LAMP) is a group of academic libraries and information science schools committed to encouraging careers in library and information science.

During his time at OHIO, Miguel employed his graphic design skills to create promotional posters and templates for upcoming library programs and events. The experience proved to be what Miguel expected and then some.

“I expected … to create poster templates for the Libraries, but … I’ve also realized I can market my skills, gained outside of the library profession, within the profession and really enjoy it too,” said Miguel.

Miguel’s wide range of interests, including graphic design, has caused him to be particularly interested in the promotion of “diverse professionals” within the field of library and information science.

“One major experience that sticks in my mind, is getting to meet the diverse library staff,” said Miguel of his time with the Libraries. “Many people assume all librarians perform similar tasks, which couldn’t be farther from the truth. I’ve had some great first-hand experiences meeting people coming from vastly different backgrounds [and] providing unique resources to the library.”

Miguel enjoyed his experiences at OHIO stating that his only complaint was the lack of time. “I found that my time here went by really fast. I guess that’s not so much something I disliked, as much as it is something I would have liked to have more of. It’s been really fun though!”

The Libraries staff has also enjoyed their time with Miguel. Administrative Assistant Cathy Sikto, who worked closely with Miguel said, “What a super nice guy. It’s been fun working with him because we both learned something.”

Starting this fall, Miguel will continue his studies at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois. Though he is not sure where life will take him, he knows that library resources, the role of technology, and user experience will play a central role in his future graduate and professional endeavors.

Sitko reiterated, “Working with Miguel has been a great experience for all of us [at Ohio University Libraries] and we wish him the best.”


Photo by Patrick Traylor