Graduates of the Literature Program have followed a variety of exciting career paths. Here is one profile. Check back soon, as there will be more to come!
Lizzy Walker, Class of 2009
I graduated from Boise State in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts, with emphases on literature and creative writing. I credit my education from the Boise State English Department with many things, not the least of which is the knowledge that I have been able to use in my work as the metadata and digital initiatives librarian at Wichita State University Libraries. I help library users access resources by creating original metadata records, especially regarding Special Collections and University Archives rare books and manuscript collections. This involves synthesizing the information in a compact, concise way, while providing as much essential information as possible. Studying literature helped me with this task as much research and writing went into these courses. The assignments helped me communicate the value of the works I engaged with in my classes, and I have been able to transfer my research and writing skills garnered into my everyday work as a metadata librarian.
Another part of my work involves creating displays for the library, and I focus some of my efforts every February on Women in Horror Month (WiHM), an international, grassroots initiative, which encourages supporters to learn about and showcase the underrepresented work of women in the horror industry. For the WiHM7 display in 2016, I used Gothic novels to highlight the value of this genre in an academic library, and I credit much of my knowledge regarding this topic to some of my literature course. As a result of my support and work for the movement, I was invited to be the first official WiHM librarian.
As a faculty member at the University Libraries, I am also required to publish in professional journals and participate in conferences in my field. Due to the valuable educational experience, and an incredible internship under the guidance of my advisor, in the English Department, I am confident of my research, writing and presentation skills.
I also have a job external to my librarianship; my husband is an author and an indy game developer. I’ve been able to apply what I learned during my undergraduate in terms of writing, revising, and editing to act as chief editor for his novels and projects. The only tricky part is when I catch myself reading for fun when I’m supposed to be editing and having to go back a chapter or two to get back to work.
On a personal level, I connected with so many people, faculty and fellow students alike, with involvement in the Boise State English Majors Association. I am honored to call these people friends. The English Department is a tight knit group of people where I always felt welcome. If you want to major in any field at Boise State University, I highly recommend exploring the English Department.
Lizzy Walker, MLS, Metadata and Digital Initiatives Librarian, Wichita State University Libraries