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Library & Information Science Success Stories

Sarah K. Burke '10LS

Title: Estelle Jussim Award for the Visual Arts

Favorite classes

Art Documentation, Digital Libraries, Metadata. Michele Cloonan supervised an independent study on the history and conservation of bookbindings, during which I learned a great deal about materials, styles, and functions of bindings through the ages. I also loved Reference with Allen Smith. He was just so smart, so dedicated to the materials and to his students, and had such deep knowledge of the history of books.

GSLIS involvement

I walked Panopticon through the process of becoming an official club (with funding!) at GSLIS. With my co-chair Pam Aghababian, I arranged a number of events on- and off-campus. We organized two exhibits of art by GSLIS affiliates, a career panel, and a well-attended lecture by Andras Riedlmayer. We took field trips to the Jamaica Plain and Fenway Open Studios, the library at MassArt, as well as to the Giza Archives at the MFA.

What's next?

I just got a job offer! I will be relocating to Washington, D.C., to work as reference associate at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. I'll help conduct reference work for the Byzantine, pre-Columbian, landscape architecture, and rare books collections. I'll also help to curate online and in-house exhibits. This job combines elements of all of my favorite GSLIS classes.