30/01/2013 § 2 Comments

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Olivia Cothren graduated from the Cooperstown Graduate Program and now works at the Historic House Trust in New York City. The Historic House Trust has begun to discuss ways to make museums and historic houses more accessible to the public. I felt many of the ideas in this discussion also reflect issues libraries face. Below are some questions I asked Olivia about increasing public engagement in museums and libraries and the role of students in this process.  

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[Series] So What Do You Do? School Library Observation

02/01/2013 § 1 Comment

This post is part of a new series called “So What Do You Do?” in which LIS students talk about their experiences as interns. We want to showcase the wide range of things people are doing in the world of library and information science.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Celia Dillon. I am in my second year in the Queens College Graduate School of Library and Information Science in Queens, New York. I am working towards my Masters Degree as part of the School Media Specialist program. I also currently teach first grade in Harlem, New York. I am a proud of alum of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, where I majored in political science.

So what do you do?

This semester I took my first class within the School Media Specialist program and as part of the class I had to observe a school librarian over the course of the semester. I observed a kindergarten through fourth grade librarian at The School at Columbia University, in Harlem, New York. Though I think these observations are standard for most School Media Specialist programs, I wanted to highlight this experience because of how beneficial I felt it was. The librarian I observed was incredibly innovative in implementing new technology in her school library. Watching her changed my view of how school librarians can be leaders and innovators within their schools. This observation also cemented for me what has been echoed by many other library students and bloggers; classes alone cannot provide the experience and knowledge that a MLIS student needs. Because of the nature of information and librarianship, observations, internships and volunteer opportunities are vital!

Happy Halloween!

31/10/2012 § 1 Comment

Happy Halloween from Hack Library School! Here’s a quick run down of resources to celebrate Halloween librarian-style.

Halloween themed books for children and young adults-

Or All-Hallows Read, a way to make Halloween a holiday about sharing books — Check out their FAQs for a good chuckle.

And finally, whether you love it or are horrified by it you can purchase a sexy librarian costume complete with book skirt (because obviously every librarian owns one of those…) at many Halloween stores and websites

On a more serious note, be sure to keep an eye on American Libraries Magazine for ways to help libraries affected by Hurricane Sandy. 

Common Core State Standards and the School Librarian

11/10/2012 § 7 Comments

A major focus of one of my School Media Studies classes this semester has been how the implementation of the Common Core State Standards will affect the role of the school librarian. As one of my classmates aptly pointed out, the Common Core State Standards are a way for school librarians to demonstrate their indispensable work in a  school and to take on a leadership role in implementing these new standards. In other words, in a time when fewer and fewer school library positions exist,  leading the charge when it comes the Common Core State Standards proves to our schools how important and necessary we are. « Read the rest of this entry »


20/09/2012 § 11 Comments

                                                                                                                                                                         Kelly Rowland Picture thanks to wikipedia

Motivation is something I have been thinking a lot about recently, and not just because two of my friends have become unreasonably obsessed with the Kelly Rowland song by the same name, despite the fact that the song was released at least a year ago. (Just a warning for anyone who may be at work and happens to be interested, the song errs on the side of Fifty Shades of Grey.)

The real reason I have been thinking about it is because I just don’t have any right now. Like none at all. For the first time ever, I didn’t hand in an assignment, knowing full well when it was due and how I should have completed it. The assignment was a pretty basic response to assigned reading that I needed to post on my ePortfolio. In the long run, it’s not going to affect my grade that much and in fact I’ll probably be able to ameliorate the situation pretty easily because my professor doesn’t actually grade my ePortfolio until the end of the semester; she  just noted that it wasn’t there. But that makes it even worse. With such a simple assignment, why haven’t I been able to just do it?
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