Vote for HackLibSchool!

15/03/2012 § Leave a comment

Photo Credit to Flickr User Dean Terry

Photo Credit to Flickr User Dean Terry

Guess what everyone? We are pleased to announce that we have our first Conversation Starter Proposal for ALA Annual this year! Conversation Starters are 45 minute, discussions focused on emerging topics and trends. Ours will be a facilitated conversation focused on issues surrounding the library school experience. We hope it gets voted in and that those of you who are planning on attending Annual this year will join us.

This year, ALA is trying something new and is allowing members to vote on what proposals they want to see. This is from their website, “Your votes will count for 30% of the total, while ALA staff votes will also count for 30%. The ALA Conference Committee will weigh in with 40% of the votes, and we’ll announce the accepted proposals in early April.” Help us out, read more about our proposal and vote for us!

Going to conferences as a student is great for networking. Hope to see you there!

Moving Forward

16/02/2012 § 3 Comments

Me and a couple of bosses.

About a year ago, I started spying on the HackLibSchool project. Anonymously peeking at the original Google doc, figuring out how to use Twitter so I could see what the big deal was, reading other students blogs. I had no clue what I was doing online then, I was just fumbling along, trying to figure out how to be an internet person. I’ve learned so much in the course of a year and it’s all because of this blog. I never thought of myself as a blogger, but I was kicking around so many ideas in my head that I thought I could try. I knew that I wanted to write a guest post for Hack Library School, so I wrote about developing an online brand because that’s what I was attempting to do. When Micah asked me to join HLS as a writer, I was shocked and excited. Getting involved in this project has meant so much to me as a student and a burgeoning librarian. I’ve met and collaborated with an awesome group of people with whom I can brainstorm with. We’ve really built a diverse network that extends beyond our time in school.

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New Writers!

08/08/2011 § 3 Comments

I am pleased and honored to present the first three of our new writers: Rose L. Chou, Ashley Wescott and Teresa Silva. We are very excited about their contributions and unique points of view, so please help me in welcoming them.

Rose L. Chou – San Jose State

Rose L. Chou is nearly halfway through the program at San Jose State University, where she is focusing on archives.  Originally from Greenville, SC, Rose lives in the Washington, DC area and works as a Circulation Specialist at the American University Library.  LIS interests include archives of color, archival reference, digital preservation, and diversity.  Non-LIS interests include pop culture and social enterprise.  Rose tweets as @roselovecand blogs at anthroarchivist.

Ashley Wescott – University of N. Texas

Ashley Wescott is currently earning an MLIS from the University of North Texas online. She is interested in youth services and library advocacy. Ashley works as a children’s services associate at a Chicagoland library, and as a research analyst for a marketing consulting firm. Her spare time is spent discovering great books, walking my rat terrier and seeing plays with her husband. Follow her on Twitter as@2thelibrary.

Teresa Silva – Pratt Institute

Teresa Silva is currently packing up her belongings and getting ready for her cross county move from the west coast to the east coast, to start her first year at the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science in New York City. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California Berkeley in Ethnic Studies. It was while attending college and working at the university libraries that she became drawn to the library and information science field. Teresa is interested in learning the ins and outs of becoming an information professional, in particular museum librarianship and archiving. She looks forward to learning more about the challenges that confront LIS students and writing about them. She’ll be documenting her life as a student once again and living and new city on her blog. Follow her (brand new!) Twitter account @bibliotree. « Read the rest of this entry »

A Thank You Letter

01/08/2011 § 8 Comments

*Update — Nicole has been a leading force behind this blog since it was a wee GDoc. We all look forward to your future in the profession, Nicole, and thank you for all the wonderful, though-provoking pieces you wrote for us [<--- Click to read them all!]. LibHackers never say die.  

Your friends, The Hack Library School Editors* 

Dear Hack Library School,

If you can believe it, about a year ago I was actually considering not completing my MLIS degree.  I had had a kind of rough second semester and was unsure if the profession and the degree were really right for me.  However, due to my stubbornness and financial commitment, I decided to see it through and make sure that I did everything I could to get the most out of my second and final year. « Read the rest of this entry »

What’s in a HackLibSchool post?

20/07/2011 § 1 Comment

Here at Hack Library School, we are constantly in contact with people who are interested in sharing their story or perspective about library school with the readers of the blog. Some of these prospective writers have their own blogs, contribute to other blogs in and outside of libraryland and some write us emails saying “I’ve never written a blog before, but I read them a lot.” In any case, we welcome your ideas and conversation. This is what Hack Library School is:

This is an invitation to participate in the redefinitions of library school using the web as a collaborative space outside of any specific university or organization.  — Micah on About HLS

With that in mind, if you are considering contacting us to write, and we are oh so excited to hear from you, here’s what we’ll be asking you for! Of course every post is different, so consider these suggestions rather than rules or guidelines.

  1. a bio – We (the editors and readers) want to know who you are, what your interests are and how or if we can find you other places on the internet! When I read a bio, I connect more with the content and I am more likely to jump into the discussion in the comments area.
  2. your voice - A blog isn’t an essay or paper for class (thank goodness! and that’s why we also say shoot for 750 word max). Sure we may ask you to do a little “research” to provide other perspectives (see next on list) relating to your post, but we want YOUR voice. We want your i’m-sick-and-tired-of and your i’m-so-geeky-i-did and your my-classmates-rock-my-socks-off-cuz posts. That’s what being a student is about. Use your words. Use your voice to tell your story.
  3. other perspectives - Bringing in (linking to, providing a short citation of an author, journal, etc.) an outside perspective (or 3) not only provides more information for the readers but also jump starts the conversation. Even linking back to previous HLS posts throws us back into the archives; you know we will always have something to say. It’s difficult to fully exhaust a topic.
  4. visuals – If a visual (anything other than words) fits with your post, don’t be afraid to share it with us. Visuals make an impact. We have a diverse audience and some of them greatly appreciate the visual aspect of posts. If it’s a doodle you drew while you were supposed to be taking notes and were instead daydreaming about HLS (oh we know you do!), include it! Here’s the result of one of my HLS daydreams.
  5. discussion – Take responsibility for your own opinion and respect other opinions. One way to do this: join in on the discussion on your post (and other people’s) by commenting and expressing your thoughts. Posts that raise questions are at the heart of HLS. We need the discussion and sometimes discomfort and disagreement in order to dig into the heart of (L)IS.

Are you ready? Send any of us an email, tweet, Facebook message, etc. and let’s get you started! And when we hear your ideas, we’ll get a first draft from you, send you our comments (edits, revisions, etc.), and work toward scheduling your post in our calendar.

Please feel free to comment here with any questions and other blog-writing suggestions. And if you’d like to take on a larger role as a contributing writer (writing a couple times a month), we can talk about that, too.

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