30/04/2012 § 12 Comments
One of the long-standing jokes of librarianship is that we all got into the profession because “we love to read”, the punchline of course being that we’re all too overworked to read for fun. While I don’t think anyone should enter professional librarianship with the expectation that reading is a requirement of the job (note: it isn’t), I do wish information professionals had more incentive to incorporate a love for recreational reading into our everyday practice.
26/03/2012 § 13 Comments
A few weeks ago, Rory Litwin posted a bit of a treatise on professionalism in librarianship on the Library Juice Press blog. He addresses several trends he notices in the deprofessionalization of librarianship, and though the blogosphere was only one point of many, that’s the issue that got the most attention. Because I just can’t let sleeping dogs lie, I, too, want to chime in on the role of blogs in creating a professional community.
20/02/2012 § 28 Comments
I’m sure you’ve all heard a million times by now that libraries are looking for young professionals with technology skills. And I’m sure you’ve all thought to yourself “But of course, I use technology all the time! I’m proficient in the Microsoft Office Suite, I conduct online research like a champ, I would medal in the social media Olympics!” And, of course, you’d be right. Libraries do need professionals that are intimate with and can teach software applications, are comfortable with online research both in databases and free web resources, and can smartly and strategically develop a social media plan. But I’m also increasingly sure that we need to up our game in order to stand out and better serve our patrons. I’m talking about the hard stuff, the stuff we were hoping we’d never have to think about because of our blessed IT departments, the stuff that puts us face-to-face with the command line: y’all, I’m talking about coding.
25/01/2012 § 18 Comments
In my program, like many others, graduation is contingent on completing a culminating project. At the University of Texas, that is called a “Capstone experience.” The overwhelming majority of students choose an internship or semester-long project with a library, archive, or local business or nonprofit. At the end of the semester, the student creates a poster detailing their specific project and what they learned/contributed/etc. The idea is for us to synthesize the 4 or so semesters of learning into one final deliverable.
I love the idea of a capstone project. The experience gives soon-to-be professionals the opportunity to network, fill out their resumes, get hands-on practical experience (which, ahem, our programs sometimes lack) and create and present a poster to the iSchool community. There is, though, a second option: A Master’s Report. A report differs from a thesis in that it is completed in only one semester. A report differs from a capstone project (always referred to as “the capstone”) because instead of an internship, the student writes about a 40 page academic paper on a topic of his or her choosing.
I am a rare student who has chosen to write a report. Why? « Read the rest of this entry »
12/01/2012 § 6 Comments
In the spirit of new beginnings, the Hack Library School crew has inducted eight new contributing writers. We had a huge amount of interest and wanted to diversify the group as much as possible. We’re very excited for you to meet our new bunch, so here we go!
H! I’m a first-year MLS student at Emporia State University SLIM-Oregon in Portland, as well as a library assistant at Oregon Health and Science University, manning the circulation desk and slinging books. I’m still trying to decide between academic and special librarianship, but I love to be wherever librarianship is pushing against its traditional boundaries. I’m particularly interested in the uses of media in the library, as well as the ways in which our relationship to information is changing. But mostly I love connecting people to the information and knowledge they need. Check out my blog at www.sidelongcitation.com or follow me on Twitter: @sidelongcite
I am about to begin my second semester at Queens College School of Library and Information Science, in Queens, New York.. I also currently teach first grade and hope to focus on School Media Studies in order to pursue a career as a school librarian. I am interested in technology and print literacy and how to give students in urban areas more access to both. I love anything that has to do with reading and recommending the perfect book, whether it be to students, friends or family. You can follow me on twitter at cadill08.