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Maritza Quinones-Rivera; MIS Alumni Interview

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Maritza Quinones-Rivera, Master of Information Science (MIS) alumni, is a Ph.D. student in the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She recently participated in an email interview.

What SLIS courses have you found to be the most valuable in your professional life?

The Information Industry, Management of Information, User-centered Database Design.

Was there anyone during your time at SLIS who acted as mentor for you?

Joyce Taylor and Howard Rosenbaum. I considered both [to be] "Movers and Shakers," as far as their scholarly work, in such a traditional field as Library Science.

Tell us a little about these relationships and why they were valuable.

They demonstrated scholarly integrity in their fields, [and were] devoted faculty and colleagues. I valued their professionalism and, most importantly, they treated me as a colleague.

What advice would you give to current SLIS students?

Aim High!!! Leave your comfort zone and include cultural diversity. Get prepared for multicultural and multilingual users and information industry.

What was your favorite place to relax or have fun while at IUB?

The SRSC (Student Recreational Sports Center)

Talk about your current position?

I'm currently completing my doctoral degree in communications research. I looked at images as valuable information to transport notions of race, class, gender in the homogenization of "latinos".

What books are in a place of honor on your bookshelf?

  • Reproducing Empire: Race, Sex, Science, and U.S. Imperialism in Puerto Rico. Laura Briggs.
  • Blackness in Latin America & the Caribbean : Social Dynamics and Cultural Transformations (Blacks in the Diaspora). Norman E. Whitten and Arlene Torres (eds.)
  • Imposing Decency: The Politics of Sexuality and Race in Puerto Rico, 1870-1920 (American Encounters/Global Interactions). Eileen J. Suarez Findlay.

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Interested in a Master of Information Science?
Contact the MIS Program Director, Howard Rosenbaum with questions.

Posted November 02, 2005