Treshani is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Mikwaukee, holding a dual degree: an MLIS (with concentrations in Information Organization and Archival Studies) and a Master of Music in Music History. Currently, she is a Music and Fine Arts Cataloging Librarian at the University of Kentucky. In her position as a tenure-track librarian, she also serves as the head of the Fine Arts Cataloging Unit, where she manages cataloging, processing, preservations, and special collections operations at the Fine Arts Library. Her work centers original and complex cataloging for print, sheet music, and audio-visual archival items and collections. She also exercises supervisory skills, guiding the work of two full-time employees and a part-time graduate student.
Describe a current project or idea that you’re working on or have recently completed.
My institution has a year-long library diversity internship program for undergraduate students, and I’m the internship supervisor for the program. This is my second year in this role, and I’m really proud of the work I’ve done with this program to support and mentor undergraduate students from underrepresented communities. It’s been a great way for me to continue to connect with students from racial/ethnic groups, get them involved with diversity-related programming and events sponsored by the library, and get them excited about a career in librarianship (which hasn’t happened yet, but I’m hopeful!). This position comes with a lot of emotional labor, but it’s also very gratifying to be able to give back and share life/career tips with students that have stories and experiences similar to mine. I’ve learned from them just as much as they’ve been able to learn something from me!
Finish the following sentence: “I am happy when I…”
…am surrounded by people who see me for who I am and allow me to bring my whole self to a shared space. I am very grateful to the women of color in my life (both within and outside of librarianship) that uplift, support, and inspire me with their truth.
Finish this sentence: “One way the LIS profession can improve or progress is…”
…by hiring more library workers from marginalized groups and identities, and supporting/sponsoring/celebrating the work they do to advance the LIS profession. I’m also going to take this opportunity to advocate for hiring librarians of color into permanent positions and promoting us from within. I have been very fortunate to be part of a community (shout out to Libraries We Here) that nurture and support the retention and advancement of library workers of color. My wish for library workers of color is for organizations and the greater LIS profession to recognize our potential – from entry level to leadership positions – and remove barriers so that we can focus on success in this profession without constantly having to fight the system.
If you are a creator/maker, what do you make, and how does that creativity help or inspire your library practice?
Before becoming a librarian, I had an active career as a professional musician (classically trained pianist). As a pianist, I enjoyed collaborating with others, which is something I enjoy as a librarian, too. Collaborations and project work bring out my creative side, and I’ve been fortunate to have opportunities to show my creativity through various projects I oversee as part of job responsibilities. As for performing, I get to do it for fun these days. Lately, however, I haven’t been able to do much performing with a full-time job and other commitments. I’m hoping to get back into it more regularly since it’s something that brings me joy and a sense of accomplishment outside of work.
What music/artist/song are you currently into?
Lizzo!!! “Good As Hell” has been my personal anthem for 2019 (and did y’all see the video?! I mean, she’s a band nerd, too!) I’m inspired by her message of authenticity and body-positivity. Lizzo has given me plenty of reasons to smile through some dark times this year.