[Series] Experiencing LIS – Information Literacy & Instruction

05/04/2011 § 4 Comments

Carolyn Caffrey is in her last semester of the MLS program at Indiana University Bloomington. Originally from Southern California she relocated to the land of corn where she works in instruction and reference. She is an aspiring instruction librarian, who loves roller derby, office supplies, spring, and critical information literacy. You can find her on twitter (@cmcaffre) or at her blog.

Following up our recent editing-team post about Internships, here’s another way to get experience while in school. Carolyn has written a thoughtful post with great specifics for those interested in information literacy and instruction. Comments and other tips are welcome!

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[Series] Declassified: Information Architecture Edition

04/04/2011 § 10 Comments

Welcome to the inaugural post of our Declassified series. This series will feature two writers laying out the basics of one class that is similar at two different schools. The point is to allow interested students to get a peek into the coursework that the MLIS offers, and also to serve as a checks and balances system for our programs; is your Metadata course the same as mine? Why, or why not? This is one way that we can actually attempt to open up the curriculum of library school and discuss it. Hope you enjoy – feel free to add comments reviewing the featured course at your institution also.

If this is an alt-LIS area that you might be interested in check out this bundle of apps/sites to check out curated by Micah.

Annie and Micah are happy to present “Declassified: Information Architecture Edition”

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[Series] Experiencing LIS – The Internship Edition

21/03/2011 § 8 Comments

It is said over and over, across blogs, professional organizations and probably in your program: real, practical work experience is what will get you a job after school. For students what that means is that seeking out, securing and excelling in an internship is key to the library school experience. We wanted to take a brief moment to tell you all about some of our experiences in this area, and offer some tips and advice. Please do ask questions in the comments if you’d like to follow up with any of us on details about internships. If this is not already a requirement in your program, it’d be worth approaching someone about making it one.

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[Series] Experiencing LIS: Route to School

21/02/2011 § 14 Comments

One of the fascinating aspects of librarianship is the variety of backgrounds represented in the field. The paths that lead us from a childhood love of books, or a respect for sharing knowledge and supporting local communities, are from many disparate points of view, educational and political stances, and personal histories. Tracing those paths is a subject not unfamiliar to LIS folks on the web; in fact Ned Potter (@theREALwikiman) and Laura Woods’ Library Routes Project and the Library Origins Stories [found on @evagro 's blog] have already done much chronicling in this area. Inspired by such projects, the HackLibSchool teamsters decided to share our “Routes To School.” We encourage you to share your own in the comments, on our Facebook page, or on either of the linked projects above.

The stories that led us here are as integral to our professional growth as the stories we have yet to create.

Enjoy!

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[Series] LIS Blogs to Follow

13/02/2011 § 4 Comments

Here’s our first list of Recommended Reads. We’ve got a combination of Library-related blogs and current LIS student bloggers. If you have another lib-blog you can’t live without or if you’re keeping a blog about school, let us know! This’ll be updated frequently, so check LIS Blogs to Follow! « Read the rest of this entry »

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