Cody Hackett, a student in the Master of Science with a major in Library Science program is the 2021 recipient of the Fritz Schwartz Serials Education Scholarship awarded by the NASIG (formerly the North American Serials Interest Group).
NASIG is an independent organization working to advance and transform the management of information resources. The Fritz Schwartz Education Scholarship in the amount of $3000 is awarded to a library/information science graduate student who demonstrates excellence in scholarship and potential in a serials career.
“I am honored and thrilled to be this year's Fritz Schwartz Education Scholarship recipient,” said Cody. “I hope that I can have a career that honors the memory of Fritz Schwartz while giving back to the information profession in the same generous way as Mr. Schwartz."
"NASIG is a wonderful professional organization that has a long history in advancing the management of information resources. I am impressed with all the work that the organization does for Information Science students and young professionals, from providing warm and welcoming platforms for presentations and opportunities for conference attendance, to allowing discounted and even free NASIG memberships for students, to their generous scholarships and awards,” he added.
Cody Hackett’s introduction to the library world began as an intern at the University of Arkansas, University Libraries while pursuing his undergraduate degrees. After a brief time in graduate school working towards a degree in history, Cody changed his career path and returned to Special Collections at the University. He began work as a manuscript processor and then as an assistant archivist, working on a major grant-funded archival project. It was not until the project ended which resulted in a move to the Technical Services area that Cody said he found his “true career calling.” In this position, he managed incoming print serials before moving on to become the electronic resources technician.
In 2017, when a job opportunity at Georgetown University came up that would entail a major migration from Sierra to ExLibri’s Alma, Cody decided it was too good of an opportunity to pass him by. Despite some doubts when applying, he landed the job as senior electronic resources specialist and has been with Georgetown since. Hackett describes his career in academic libraries as being dominated by growth and learning. He is also a certified administrator for Alma and Primo VE.
“In all my endeavors, I have followed my curiosity, while trying to keep the satisfaction of the end-user in mind. I frame challenges as opportunities, hoping with each new problem to enrich my knowledge and strengthen my information professional skill set.”
In addition to his responsibilities in this role, Hackett serves on library-wide committees. He helped develop and launched a continuing education program called Learning Accountability Program (LeAP), a grassroots peer-mentoring program to support library workers building new skills.
Cody is a part of the Virginias cohort and was also awarded the Information Science Department's H.W. Wilson Scholarship. He is taking full course loads with the hopes of completing his degree by the summer of 2022.
Published June 15, 2021.