“Since joining the program, the most surprising thing I have learned is how multi-faceted the opportunities are in the field of information Sciences.” – Allia McCoy, MLIS ‘20
Allia McCoy is a native Detroit who earned her B.A. in Media Arts and Studies from Wayne State. She chose to enroll in the MLIS program in the School of Information Sciences after working at the Detroit Public Library.
She specialized in Library Services and Academic Libraries and graduated in May 2020. As a student, McCoy was active in Future Librarians for Inclusivity and Diversity (FLID) student group and served as the organization’s president. The group aims to expose SIS students to issues surrounding diverse cultures, lifestyles, physical abilities, and religious beliefs within the LIS field.
“My involvement in FLID has helped me to think of myself as a leader,” McCoy said. She says she would encourage someone entering the program to join a student organization like FLID or the student chapter of the American Library Association in order to make connections with other students.
McCoy was also the Diversity Graduate Student Assistant (Diversity GSA) while at Wayne State. The Diversity GSA position connects with and recruits students from historically underrepresented backgrounds and completes special projects aimed to increase information career and education awareness on and off campus.
“Since joining the program, the most surprising thing I have learned is how multi-faceted the opportunities are in field of information sciences,” said McCoy. “I feel like the program prepared me for a career in the information profession. My long-term goal is to be a librarian whose subject area is related to one of my areas of interest – art, music or the performance arts.”