USC Student/Alumni Library and Information Management Association (SALIMA)



Left to Right: Danielle Sanchez, Kimberly Moses, and Dr. Gary Shaffer

From the left: Danielle Sanchez (student), Kimberly Moses (alumna), Dr. Gary Shaffer (Program Director)


SALIMA's Mission Statement and Goals

Mission Statement: The USC Student/Alumni Library and Information Management Association (SALIMA), was created as a joint student and alumni initiative.  SALIMA's mission is to create meaningful networking, professional, and volunteer opportunities that engage and reconnect all USC library science alumni with each other, with the Master of Management in Library and Information Science (MMLIS) students, and with the university, while benefiting the mission and priorities of the Marshall School of Business MMLIS program.


  1. To help ease the transition to professional life for our students
  2. To promote the interests of and understanding between students of the past, present, and future
  3. To promote greater interaction between students and alumni with networking, community service and career service events
  4. To develop a strong group of engaged alumni
  5. To promote loyalty and fellowship among the students, alumni, and administration
  6. To promote the spirit, pride and traditions of USC


 Provide an Internship Opportunity for our MMLIS students!

The University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, Master of Management in Library and Information Science (MMLIS) program is constructing an ongoing database of sites that welcome students to serve as interns as a part of the students' coursework.

Toward the end of their program MMLIS students have the option of engaging in an internship.  For this internship students select a library/information organization as a potential internship site(s); make a preliminary contact with the potential internship site(s); seek a possible site supervisor at that location who is a professional librarian/information professional (MLIS); and work a minimum of 80 hours during the semester (paid or unpaid).

This experience gives students the ability to identify and apply learned skills while gaining real world experience working within an information organization. This also provides a combination of valuable experiential and contextual learning by purposefully structuring knowledge and theory learned with practical application and skills development in a supervised professional setting.

Did you know …?

Our students have interned at over 30 organizations.

Some organizations include: Onondaga Historical Association, Florida Gateway College, LA Law Library, George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, Alaska Resources Library & Information Services (ARLIS) ,Alaska Pacific University, Steele Creek Branch (Public) Library, Commerce (Public) Library,  City of Camarillo Public Library, California African American Museum, Glendale Public Library, Los Angeles Public Library -  Los Feliz Branch, Long Beach Public Library - Dana Neighborhood Branch, South Baylo University School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Ovitt Family Community Librar; ONE Archives, WWII Home Front Oral History Project, The Observatories of the Carnegie Institute for Science, Glendale Library, San Bernardino Public Library, Hayward Public Library, Cal State Polytechnic, California Institute of Technology, Cal State San Marcos

Some locations include: Anchorage, AK;  Lake City, FL; Syracuse, NY; Charlotte, NC;  Dallas, TX; Anaheim, CA; Camarillo, CA; Commerce, CA; Glendale, CA; Long Beach, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Ontario, CA; San Diego, CA; Berkeley, CA; Pasadena, CA

What our site supervisors are saying about our students as interns!

  • "is quite personable and displays this in customer and staff interactions"
  • "has a strong service orientation, an eagerness to learn, and ability to manage time"
  • "brings enthusiasm, a desire to learn, and a willingness to ask questions"  
  • "needs little to no training while at the reference desk"
  • "if an library opening develops at the business university she would certainly be my first choice for the position"

Addressing you as USC Alumni, we look toward including your organization as one that is interested in accepting our students in this very important component of their MMLIS education.  Please contact Dr. Christopher Stewart at or Alexis Hackathorn, Program Administrator-LIS/LIM Programs at for additional information.


Conversations with Leaders Series

The MMLIS program’s curriculum provides students with a variety of educational experiences and opportunities to tailor the program to fit individual interests and professional aspirations. MMLIS students further benefit from the varied complementary learning experiences on offer such as the Conversations with Leaders series.

In the Conversations with Leaders series, each leader during a live session is asked to address leadership in his or her environment, current issues and trends, and some observations about his or her own career development, with advice for students. A Q&A session makes up the final third of each session. Discussion of the issues raised is extended in classes. The series is an excellent opportunity for students to learn, to connect, and to grow professionally. Students who miss the live session can view the presentation via the Course Archives.


Sessions for the 2017-2018 Academic Year

September 27, 2017
Susan Broman
Acting Assistant City Librarian
Los Angeles Public Library

October 25, 2017
Beth Jefferson
CEO and Co-founder

February 7, 2018
Deborah Schwarz
Library Associates Companies (LAC)


If you'd like to host a future session, please reach out to Alexis Hackathorn (213-640-4034,



Join the MMLIS Mentoring Center

The USC Marshall School of Business MMLIS program offers access for students to The Mentoring Center. This site provides resources for our graduate students to help facilitate their development of a mentoring relationship with the overall goal of helping them to achieve greater success in their academic and career pursuits.


MMLIS students have the opportunity to be paired with an employer, an alumnus, or a PT faculty member who serves as a mentor, guide, and resource over the course of an academic year.


This enables our students to:

  • Obtain information on major and career related experiences
  • Expand their knowledge of various career options; gain job search tips
  • Explore new trends and areas of interest
  • Prepare for a smooth transition into their future career

This enables mentors the opportunity to:

  • Make a difference in the lives of the next generation of information professionals
  • Provide students with a view of life after the MMLIS Program

For more information contact Dr. Christopher Stewart at



Professional Conferences

Interested in attending professional conferences in our field?  Look here:



September 22, 2015

Miguel Figueroa


Center for the Future of Libraries


October 27, 2015

Lauren Pressley

Director of the University of Washington Tacoma Library

Associate Dean of the University of Washington Libraries


November 24, 2015

Lynn Jasper

Senior Technical Project Manager

YP (also known as Yellow Pages)


January 27, 2016

 Dr. Ken Haycock

Director’s Forum

Director and Senior Professor

USC Marshall School of Business, MMLIS Program


February 24, 2016

Sarabeth Kalajian,


Sarasota County Library System

Sarasota, FL


March 23, 2016

Amanda J. Wilson


National Transportation Library

U.S. Department of Transportation

Washington, DC


May 25, 2016

Kendall Haven

Story Consultant/Author/Master Storyteller

Fulton, CA
"Applying the Science of Story to the Art of Communication."™


June 22, 2016

Dr. Ken Haycock

Director’s Forum

Director and Senior Professor

USC Marshall School of Business, MMLIS Program

View the Alumni & Marshall Partners Events Calendar for all of our upcoming events.

For any further questions, don't hesitate to contact us.

Contact: Alexis Hackathorn, Coordinator of Student Services-LIS/LIM Programs
Phone: 213.640.4034