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Giving Stories

Katherine EriksenKatherine

As the daughter of a high-school math teacher, Katherine Eriksen grew up surrounded by books and learning.  During her undergraduate studies at Washington University Katherine worked in the Law Library. That experience, along with a desire for public service, drew her to Library Science.

Now she is part of LIS Access Midwest Program (LAMP) - a regional network of academic libraries and information science schools dedicated to promoting careers within the field of library and information science (LIS).  LAMP specifically seeks to encourage the participation of students from statistically and historically underrepresented populations in LIS.

Without the support of LAMP it would have been very difficult for Katherine to continue her studies. LAMP has also provided an opportunity to be part of a student group – to develop a sense of cooperation and unity.

“Receiving a scholarship is also a reminder of my duty to give back. People have devoted their time to make my education possible. It’s now my responsibility to do this for another person,” states Katherine.