Like many students with a wide range of interests Olivia Carlisle entered her senior year in 2009 not quite positive which direction she wanted to take her life. Knowing she had a love of books, she decided to tested the waters by volunteering with McCain Library. There she helped students with research questions at the Reference Desk and assisted in designing displays and research guides to promote library materials. She was an invaluable resource and as a result of her tremendous service she was awarded the Marjo Dobbs Arseneau ’89 Memorial Librarianship Award to help her in pursuing a career in Library Science.
Olivia will graduate this May with a Masters of Library and Information Studies from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is strongly interested in Digital Preservation and is currently volunteering at the National Archives and Records Administration in Atlanta.
When asked to name something about libraries that most people do not know, she said, “I think most people don’t realize how diverse the profession can be, there are so many options with what you can do, not only within the library system but in other professional fields also.”
Olivia graduated from Agnes Scott College with a degree in Economics and Organizational Management. She minored in History and Classical Civilization. Though she is traveling down a path that will utilize her history background, Olivia is correct in noting that the library science profession offers opportunities for individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. Olivia’s understanding of business and economic concepts could one day lead her to become a corporate librarian working for companies like Coca-Cola, InterContinental Hotels Group, or McKinsey & Co Consulting. She could also work in academia as a business librarian. The options are endless!
Good luck Olivia! We hope you come visit us soon!