Hack Library School: Fall 2011 Kickoff!

24/08/2011 § 4 Comments

Back to School. New York Public Library Digital Gallery.

I don’t know about you, but for me New Year’s is just one more night of food and fun in the season.  The real new year starts in the fall, when classes begin.

If you’re starting or continuing your library school journey this autumn, you’ve had many years to perfect the rituals of the new school year.  Be it ensuring you have the perfect pens and Post-it notes, setting up your study nook, researching professors, or mapping out your plan to keep it totally paperless this semester, welcome to the Fall semester!  Here at Hack Library School, we’re excited for the coming months. « Read the rest of this entry »

Library Day in the Life: Get Ready for Round 7!

18/07/2011 § 1 Comment

Library Day in the Life, a project coordinated by Bobbi Newman (of Librarian by Day), is gearing up for Round 7!

Who: Librarians and informational professionals of all stripes

What: Share a day (or week) of their work

When: July 25th through July 31

Where: Blogs, photos, videos, Twitter

Why: Well, why not?  This is an excellent opportunity to take a peek into the realities of librarianship.  If you’re a library student unsure about a specialty, this is a great tool to explore some of the fields you are thinking about.  Already know what you want to specialize in?  See what a typical day in your profession will look like.  Even better, this can connect you to someone who works in your field and is open to sharing and communicating about their experience.  Taking a peek at the responsibilities of people outside of your specialization is also a great way to have a broader perspective on the information ecosystem (and contribute to Big Tent Librarianship/Library School!).  For a library student’s take on Library Day in the Life, check out this post from editor Lauren Dodd.

How to participate: As one of my patrons likes to say, easy-peasy, lemon-squeezy!  If you want to add your voice, just head on over here, and follow the directions to sign up and add your blog, Tumblr, or Twitter account to the roster.  While you’re there, check out the archives of past Library Day in the Life events, and start exploring early.  Follow along the day of by searching the tag librarydayinthelife, or on Twitter using #libday7.  You can also see what’s going on here and here.

I’m excited by the range of librarians already signed up, and I’m going to be following closely an outreach librarian, which is one of the new public library careers I’m most interested in, and two public library directors.  Now that I’ve got my foot in the library door, it’s time to plan for my long-term goal!

Student Organizations and LIS Education

28/06/2011 § 22 Comments

There’s been some vibrant and intense conversations concerning LIS ed in the last few weeks, one right here in on HLS. And in the spirit of HLS, in which LIS students feel empowered to take action and agency in their own education, I believe that student organizations are one of the best tools we have.

Image: Amazon.com

Do we have any Baby-sitters’s Club fans out there? Remember how the second chapter was always the story of how the Club was founded out of one of Kristy’s Great Ideas (the chapter you always skipped after reading two or three of the books)? Well, I’m a Kristy. I always have some Great Idea (or ten or twelve) that I want to get going, and being an officer in a student organization was a great place to make that happen. Being an officer gave some legitimacy to my projects, provided a reality check when the Great Idea was a No-Way-in-Hell Idea, and, best of all, put me in the situation of being able to support and contribute to the Great Ideas of other officers and students.

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Hack Your Program: UCLA Department of Information Studies

27/05/2011 § 11 Comments

Like the other Hackers, this post reflects my perspective, and mine alone, on the UCLA Department of Information Studies, as experienced in my two years as an MLIS student.  I am enrolled in the Library Studies track, with a focus on public libraries and a specialization in youth services; I will be graduating in 16 days (but who’s counting?) and my time in this program, and the experiences I have gained because of the connections I have made, have definitely prepared me to be a librarian.

The Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.  Photo Credit: Graduate School of Education and Information Studies Website.

Program Overview 

The Department of Information Studies is one of two departments in the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (GSEIS).  The program offers an MLIS degree, Master of Arts in Moving Image Archive Studies (MIAS), a PhD, and a Post Master’s Certificate.  The MLIS is divided into three tracks: Library Studies, Archival Studies, and Informatics.  These three specializations don’t have any specific course requirements, other than Archives, which requires the American Archives and Manuscripts “as a foundation course for the specialization,” but rather reflect your course choices.  Dual Master’s degrees are also available with the Anderson School of Management, Latin American Studies, and Asian American Studies.  A fourth specialization in Preservation will most likely be added in Fall 2011.

Info Bit: The California Rare Book School is a continuing education project of the IS Department, and offers fascinating courses (open to all) such as History of the Children’s Book from the Old Babylonian to 1989  (new this year!) and Descriptive Bibliography.

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Considering the Part-Time Information Science Position

09/05/2011 § 8 Comments

I have been working for almost 13 years, and in those 13 years, I’ve worked many, many, part-time jobs.  I’ve been a server at a truck stop diner (oh, how I miss those tips!), processed data for an insurance library, taught special education, worked in inner city schools as an art teacher.  I’ve worked three part-time jobs at a time, and I’ve had part-time jobs that made it impossible for me to have any other job because the schedule was so erratic.

Part-time jobs can be hard to manage, and they can be a wonderful way to gain experience.  Being in grad school, or graduating with your MLS/MLIS and surveying the job market, chances are part-time jobs are on your radar.  When looking at these part-time IS jobs, what are some things you should consider?

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