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Holly Erickson '10LS

Title: The Kenneth R. Shaffer Outstanding Achievement Award


Favorite classes

420 - Modern Publishing and Librarianship with Anita Silvey. Before coming to GSLIS, I had flirted with the idea of a career in publishing. I had hoped that opening the door to library school would not mean closing the door on publishing, and that was confirmed when I saw 420 in the course catalog. The major project for the course led to my first library school fieldtrip, to Yale's Beinecke Library to get the historical dirt on my author, Richard Wright.

GSLIS involvement

Since my interests were spread across several areas, I liked that volunteering with LISSA would mean helping all of the other organizations and students. I really enjoyed the LIS Online Career Fair that we hosted this past January. With the job market being a bit dismal, I jumped at the idea. We had a good turnout, both online and on campus. If I have to choose a favorite, though, it'd be the end-of-semester parties. It was always fun to get faculty and students together for some conversation and libation.

What's next?

The big question! Like so many recent grads, I am prepared to take what I can get in the current market. Luckily my interests are still broad enough that I'm not tied too strongly to one specific area. I've been tending toward the listings for academic and special libraries, particularly when they mention instruction, collaboration, and academic technology.