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Graduate Profile: Adrianna Hawk

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Adrianna Hawk, MMLIS ‘21

is a law library services associate who is working towards her goal of pursuing a career in digital asset management. Her education in USC’s Master of Management in Library and Information Science gave her the foundational LIS education she needs, but also the leadership skills to one day manage and direct digital libraries and collections. Learn more about what inspired her to pursue a library career and her experiences as an MMLIS student in this alum Q&A.

I chose USC because I appreciated that I would have the opportunity to further hone and grow my leadership skills through the MMLIS program.

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What initially sparked your interest in library and information science?

I have always had a passion for organizing information and helping/supporting others. When I realized that I could make my passions into a career, I began to explore the field of LIS. I had never realized that I could do both! What is even more exciting is the many avenues one can pursue in librarianship — it is endless!

What made you pursue the USC Marshall MMLIS program in particular?

I chose USC because I appreciated that I would have the opportunity to further hone and grow my leadership skills through the MMLIS program. Not only did the degree set me up to have a solid foundation in librarianship, but one day I may be able to manage and be a director of a library, thanks to the knowledge and experience I gained.

How did USC assist you in transitioning into the program, or support your career aspirations as a student?

There was a lot of flexibility with the program. I was able to work full time while pursuing my master’s degree and USC made the transition as smooth as possible. I also appreciate the flexibility of the professors; everyone was willing to work around busy schedules and life commitments. USC also supported my career aspirations by writing letters of recommendations and connecting me with other librarians to pursue possible working/learning opportunities.

What was the most memorable experience or learning from your USC studies?

The most memorable experiences at USC included the students and professors. My cohort happened to be filled with a group of intelligent, passionate and caring people!

How did your degree from USC Marshall’s MMLIS program influence your current work?

Currently, I work as a library services associate at a law library. However, I have plans to pursue digital libraries and collections. I think my exposure to digital libraries and collections helped me realize just how interested I am in exploring this avenue of work. One day, I hope to work in digital asset management.

What advice do you have for students who may be interested in following a similar path to yours?

I think it is really important that you take a moment to think about what you are really passionate about. Do your research and find a program that fits your needs and wants. Take your time, because even though it may not feel like it, you have plenty of it. I would recommend prospective students to also ask questions and speak to others in the field before you decide to pursue an MLIS or MMLIS. It is a lot of hard work and long hours; however, if it is something you love, it will be worth it in the end!