Edwin Schenk '16

Library and Information Science

There’s a lot of opportunity here.

Why St. Kate's?

Edwin was a library director who wanted to pursue research opportunities. He was weighing Ph.D. and MLIS programs when St. Kate’s reputation attracted him.

“Ultimately, I knew I wanted to be in libraries, and thought a library science degree would give me access to resources to do my research.”

Convenience also played a major factor. Edwin preferred on-campus learning over an online experience, and St. Kate’s campus was a quick commute from his job in downtown Minneapolis.

Building Experience

During his first year in the program, Edwin — a member of the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians — was a panelist for the MLIS event “Native Americans and Diversity in Library & Information Science Education.”

His passion for cultural preservation and interest in digital repositories landed him a prestigious Association of Research Libraries Diversity Scholarship. He presented at the National Diversity in Libraries Conference at UCLA, and partnered with a classmate on a storytelling and drama project at the Minneapolis American Indian Center with 8 to 11-year-olds.

Edwin’s other St. Kate’s activities included leading the Progressive Librarians’ Guild for a year and working as a library assistant.

“St. Kate's provided an incredible environment for me to grow as a library professional. The faculty are extremely supportive of students who put their ideas into practice.”


Edwin launched a small business inspired by a web design course he took in the MLIS program. “I discovered that I'm passionate about coding and the visual organization of information. The company helps businesses, nonprofits and professionals build an online presence.”

Advice for Students

“Bring what makes you unique to the program, and don’t be afraid to put your ideas into action while you are here. There is a ton of support for students who are willing to start something new.”