Crossroads and Trailmarkers

13/10/2012 § 1 Comment

There seem to be a lot of crossroads, lately. I’m in my second year of graduate school, with commencement hurtling towards myself and my classmates here and at other schools. The questions of self-definition that I avoided last year have come back, not so much haunting as classifying. I still believe that good librarianship is manifold, but I’ve also started nailing down my interest areas. Here’s what I’m thinking about:

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Perceive thyself!

25/09/2012 § 8 Comments

What's your mask?Ask a librarian to describe the stereotype of librarians, and you’ll undoubtedly hear something like, “Wears thin wireframe glasses, hair-in-a-bun, drab sweater-vest or cardigan, long wool skirt, owns a cat, doesn’t like loud noise…” and the list goes on. I’ve even heard some librarians describe the stereotype as “Full Cat-bag.” In my experience, librarians – especially the ones who claim to hate the stereotype – have a crystal-clear picture of the exact librarian they don’t wish to be.

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Yes, You Need a Degree for That. [Starter Kit]

24/08/2012 § 13 Comments

Don’t let the flood of questions overwhelm you!

When I was starting library school, nobody warned me about the sheer number of questions I would receive, from family, friends, and random strangers. Most of them are variations on a single theme:

You need a masters for that?

While I’m still getting these questions, now that I’m more than halfway through my program, I think I have better answers…

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#HLSconvo/ALA12 wrap-up

25/07/2012 § 3 Comments

Well! ALA Annual has come and gone, and with it, so has HackLibSchool’s Conversation Starter, and our 2012 Hack ALA series! I think I can speak for all of us who attended in saying that the conference was teeming with information, networking, drama, and pure fun!

The Convo!

The conversation! Photo credit: Steve Teeri (@telephase).

Our conversation starter was just as good as we all hoped it might be! We used a modified fishbowl model, and tackled four key questions:

  • What would you tell people just starting library school, knowing what you know now?
  • From a student’s perspective, what advice would you give a library veteran, or a potential boss?
  • Should every student be required to take at least one online class? Why?
  • What is the best class you have taken?

The answers ran the gamut, and came from library students, librarians, administrators, and more–and they’re not over yet! Please, sound off in the comments and let us know what you think! You can also tweet us with the #HLSconvo hashtag. Keep talking!

But wait, there’s more!
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How to Hack Your Summer Vacation

17/05/2012 § 11 Comments

Congratulations to everyone who’s just finished the first year of an LIS degree! If you’re anything like me, you’re still occasionally having phantom-homework guilt, as it’s such a novel feeling to have a bit of spare time. That spare time can be put to good use, though!

In the spirit of Zach’s Library-School Starter Kit for the first semester, here’s a few ways to spend your summer:

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