Executive Director of Humanities Iowa Encourages Students to Apply Outside Libraries

Executive Director of Humanities Iowa Encourages Students to Apply Outside Libraries

Christopher Rossi, the Executive Director for Humanities Iowa, was the invited speaker for the March LISSO meeting. Rossi stressed the importance of independent humanities organizations such as Humanities Iowa and discussed how library skills can cross over into other disciplines.

According to Rossi, humanities councils are about information access and information management, as well as public programming. His job involves a lot of human interaction, multitasking and writing.

Humanities Iowa is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The overall mission is to promote Iowa’s history and heritage by providing public programming and managing grants for other cultural heritage institutions, including libraries and museums.

Rossi said humanities councils across the country are looking for literate, engaged, collaborative individuals who have a passion for applying new technologies.

“There’s the future—all this information being processed,” Rossi said.

He encouraged students to reinvent themselves as information architects and apply for council and foundation positions, because degree skills would be relevant in those areas.

In other LISSO business:

-Volunteers are needed for the March 25th BSides/LISSO conference. Volunteers will help with conference registration and other “day of” activities. Email bsides@uiowa.edu if interested.

-The Iowa City Public Library has an internship position available. Apply through their website.

-Ideas for future LISSO meetings can be sent to any LISSO officer.