“It’s the joy of the hunt” SLIS Alumna Established Scholarship to Encourage Librarianship
Barbara and Dale Biggs created the Robert D. & Barbara R. Biggs Graduate Student Award in 2011 for a deserving graduate student in the School of Library & Information Science with first consideration given to females 30 years of age or older.
While attending LSU in the late 1970s, Barbara Biggs (MLS, 1981) received a scholarship
that allowed her to travel to a professional conference. Without that award, she would
have never been exposed to special librarians from across the country. Biggs, the
last to receive this scholarship, wanted to give back because of the impact it had
on her. She insisted on establishing an endowed scholarship to impact students’ lives
By attending the conference, she had the opportunity to meet special librarians from companies like Dominos and Lays Potato Chips. The exposure to these unique industry professionals inspired Biggs to become a special librarian herself.
When the Biggs family first moved to Baton Rouge, Barbara intended to continue her 12-year teaching career, but due to complications in her certification transferring across states, her path took an unexpected turn. While waiting to get a new certification, Biggs began to explore other opportunities.
“I went back to school because I was bored,” Biggs said.
Her sister was a school librarian at the time, and while thumbing through LSU’s catalog to select a new career, she thought library science could be interesting.
After starting her education, Biggs soon realized the many possibilities that come with a library degree. With an undergraduate background in chemistry, Biggs acquired a job upon graduation in the LSU Chemistry Library, and later went on to serve as the librarian at the Exxon Corporation from 1983-2000.
Even today, despite being retired for nearly 20 years, Biggs still uses the skills she learned to research and ask the right questions.
“It’s the joy of the hunt,” Biggs said. “It’s a skill you will always use.”
The LSU School of Library & Information Science (SLIS) provides 100% online graduate and undergraduate education in the field of library and information science. It offers the only Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree in the state of Louisiana. The MLIS is accredited by the American Library Association. SLIS also offers a dual masters degree with the Department of History, an undergraduate minor, and four certificate options. SLIS is part of the College of Human Sciences & Education.
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The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library & Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs, 18 graduate programs, and 7 online graduate degree programs, enrolling more than 2,020 undergraduate and 879 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is committed to improving quality of life across the lifespan.
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