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.