Showcase Week 7: Erin Richter

ErinArea of Interest: Academic Librarianship, Special Libraries

Experience: Erin’s interest in librarianship began while she was working at the Poudre Public Library as an intern.  She was in charge of writing press releases, newsletters, and biographies for visiting authors, so she had little experience interacting with the other staff and patrons of the library.  Towards the end of her internship, she told her supervisor that she had a very positive experience working there and asked if she could shadow the other staff members to get an idea of what goes on in a library and what types of jobs are out there.  She had a very positive experience doing this and it solidified her decision to work in a library.  Her interest in history influenced her decision to apply for an internship at the Longmont Museum Archives where she helped process cookbook collections and old photos.

She currently volunteers in the library at the Denver Botanic Gardens and works at the Research Center at the Anderson Academic Commons.  In both of these positions, she has been able to transfer her classroom knowledge into experience.  At the AAC, she provides reference services and consultations with students who need help with research.  At the Botanic Gardens, she helps with cataloging books and movies donated as well as helping with any special projects.  While both working environments are rather different from one another,  she really enjoys working in both places.

For her second year of school, she will be focusing on gaining experience in collection development and library instruction. She will begin her practicum in the spring semester at CSU.  She is also currently working on a research project studying environmental sustainability in libraries.

If you would like to contact Erin to learn more about her background and experience her email is:

We are still accepting applications, so if you would like to be like Josh and have your experience showcased, please send an email to: with the following information:

  • Name
  • Area of interest (e.g. web content management, archives, school librarianship, etc.)
  • A short (3-5 sentences) description of your LIS experience/project, including why it was a positive experience.
  • An e-mail address where you can be contacted.
  • A photo of you (optional).

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