March 16, 2011
I started blogging 2 years ago. to.the.date… This is my first blog post.
In that first post, I wrote about how I pretty much LIVED in the library and had decided to attend graduate school to get my MLIS. Today, I’m 2 years older and officially done with my MLIS coursework! Look at that! DREAMS DO COME TRUE!
So, here’s the reflecting part — the fact that I live in the library is still fact, but I am not physically IN a library for 8+ hours a day. Instead, I’ve learned that the library is the PEOPLE – the COMMUNITY. Read the rest of this entry »
February 16, 2011
Several of my posts have been career or job related lately, so I’m sure you can tell I’m feeling ready to be done being a “formal” student. The next logical step (for me) is starting my career in a library! (and I am oh so so so excited about that!!!) Here are five job-related thoughts floating about in my over-caffeinated brain tonight:
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February 14, 2011
I’m honored to give a little plug for a new collaborative project I’ve been involved with for the past couple of weeks. HACK LIBRARY SCHOOL A space written by, for and about LIS students. So, check it out!
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January 11, 2011
At the end of each quarter I attempt to review the classes I took and give some final thoughts. I’m aware that I’m already into my second week of the next quarter, but here are my thoughts nonetheless. (Oh, and if you’re a potential MLIS student or just starting your studies, please let me know if you have questions about classes to take!)
LIS 522 — Collection Development
* This class taught me the importance of policy, awareness, and preparation in libraries. I mean it ONLY makes sense to have a Collection (development, deselection, management, etc) Policy if you want to protect the library and its users and inform the staff and the users of the library’s role in the community.
* This class also taught me that guest speakers from the field (vendors, librarians, selectors) are valuable.
LIS 531 — Cataloging, Catalogs, CATA-WHAT?! (that wasn’t the real name)
* Everyone says “you have to take cataloging if you’re going to be a librarian” and while I want to agree, I don’t. There will always be original cataloging, but it is becoming less and less original and more and more automated. Libraries are sharing records and I think this is a GOOD thing — it makes the library more consistent, efficient and user-friendly.
* However, this class was a great way for me to exercise and grow my skills and knowledge of different library catalogs (searching, evaluating, etc). I don’t regret taking it, but I don’t think it is absolutely necessary. What is necessary is knowing about the theory and strategies of organizing information — most cataloging classes teach a couple strategies, but an overview class if perfectly fine if you never intend to do original cataloging.
LIS 560 — Instruction Strategies for Info Professionals
* This class taught me that sometimes learning the theory behind strategy and practicality is essential. We were kind of thrown into teaching without much guidance (some but not ‘enough’ as some people would say). It was interesting and invigorating to see different people’s teaching strategies, but I also feel like I’m lacking in the theory behind instruction in information professions. I mean… How do I write a teaching statement?
* Nonetheless, I saw so many (honestly amazing!) practical presentations of relevant topics in instruction of information in this class, I left the class feeling more confident and inspired. Hey! Maybe I can teach a group of small business owners how to use Facebook to market their companies!
LIS 598 — Genre Fiction for Adults — with Nancy Pearl, Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year 2011
* I gushed about this class in a few other posts, so I’ll keep this short.
* If you ever get the opportunity to go to a training, class, webinar, book talk presentation, etc. with Nancy, go! It will be worth your time. Her love for libraries, students, readers and books will inspire you. You’ll be flying out of the room with a long list of books to read and sprinting to the nearest library. I’m not joking!
This was one of the most rewarding quarters of my MLIS experience. If you have any questions or comments, let me know!
January 8, 2011
I just began my final quarter of my library school experience! I’m amazed that this has gone so quickly and I will be heartbroken to leave my friends and classmates when I graduate; however, I have a lot to look forward to.
Before I preview my final classes, here’s why I’m graduating early and I hope to do after school.
(this is your warning to skip to the end if you don’t care)
I’m finishing my degree ahead of schedule because I took more credits than are recommended (to “get my money’s worth” since I am paying out-of-state tuition) and I took a class during the summer. I could stay another quarter, but I have decided to graduate because I feel ready and prepared to enter the profession as a librarian, and I do not want to take out more student loans for credits I don’t really need.
I plan on moving back to the region of the country I love to call home — the Upper Midwest. I would like to find a position at a small or rural library in a smaller community. I grew up in a small town and while I’ve loved my time in Seattle, I think my career path and my lifestyle are leading me back to the rural areas. My interests lie in community collaboration, outreach and partnerships and I think I will get a great understanding of this as I start out in a smaller area.
So, if you know of any small libraries in the Upper Midwest that are hiring, please let me know!
I’m also looking forward to living somewhere where I can have a garden, a cat and a front porch. :-)
So, for my final quarter of my library school experience, I am taking the following courses:
LIS 521 — Principles of Information Services
– This is essentially a crash course in the resources and strategies and techniques used to answer questions at a reference desk (academic or public).
LIS 596 — Professional Portfolio
– This is a Culminating Experience option at the iSchool — as opposed to writing a thesis — essentially we will create a portfolio using artifacts and reflections from our coursework to market ourselves while looking for jobs. This blog may temporarily become my portfolio if I don’t learn how to use something else in a couple of weeks — you’ve been warned.
LIS 590 — Directed Fieldwork
– I’m doing an “internship” at the King County Library System — Bellevue Library in (where else) Bellevue, Washington. My role is researcher. I do this through observing, communication and collecting data about the adult services and programs. I’ll be collecting this data and writing a report that will be part of the User Needs Assessment that the library is doing over the next several months. If you want more details, please let me know.