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Finally a Graduate!

17 Dec

December 15, 2012

That is the day that I walked across the stage to receive my degree!

Walking across the stage

Walking across the stage

I enrolled in my first three LIS courses in August of 2011 and went to school full-time for four semesters, while also working full-time. It was a LOT of work but well worth it. I can’t be more proud of myself and relieved that it is finally over.

I have met new friends and had a lot of fun networking, and I will never forget the people who kept me going when all I wanted to do was get more sleep! 🙂

My amazing husband

My amazing husband

First, I want to thank my amazing husband. Without you supporting my idea to get my Master’s I don’t think I could have done it! Also, thank you for putting up with the long nights of studying and calming me during comps. You are the best friend, partner, and husband a woman could ever ask for. So thank you!

Good friends

Good friends

Thank you Sarah, Natasha, and Ariana for being awesome classmates. You all made class more interesting and bearable during long weeks of group projects and helped brainstorm paper ideas AND all of the proofreading and editing! You ladies are amazing and I would consider it an honor to continue to work and network with all of you!

A massive thank you to my friends who have put up with me cancelling plans and missing lunch dates because my paper “just isn’t right yet”. Megan, you have really been a phenomenal inspiration to me not only personally but professionally as well. There were days when I felt so overwhelmed that I thought I would burst and like the amazing friend you are you dropped everything to cheer me up and push me forward. Whitney! Holy cow, thank you for teaching me literally everything I know about conservation and preservation and for being an amazing listener and advice giver. Thank you for always being there to bounce ideas off of and for being a very patient teacher. You are amazing and my life has been greatly improved by having you in it. That goes for all of you really, I don’t think friends come any better than you ladies!

Thank you Mom and Dad for instilling in me from an early age the importance of reading and education. And thank you for giving me all the tools I would need to be successful. I wouldn’t be the woman I am today without the two of you!

I want to thank all of my professors (especially Jim Schnur and Penney Beile) for continuously making the topics interesting and relevant to the current field. Without all of you I wouldn’t have known that the LIS field extends far beyond what I had ever imagined.

Lastly, thank you to the Librarians I have encountered throughout this entire process. From my grade school Media Center specialists who encouraged me to read far beyond my grade level and who introduced me to some of my favorite books and genres to the Librarians that I now have the honor of calling my colleagues. You have all been an inspiration and I hope that one day I will inspire young Librarians as well.

So thank you all! I feel blessed to have so many friends and people to share this momentous achievement with! But for now, it is time to sit back and relax and maybe go on vacation because now the real fun starts… Now I get to job hunt.

And now for a small slide show of my graduation pictures.

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The Travelin’ Librarian

18 Sep

I have written very briefly about this particular blog about a year ago. I also follow the author on Google+! I am talking about The Travelin’ Librarian, Michael Sauers. His current title is Technology Innovation Librarian for the Nebraska Library Commission in Lincoln Nebraska. How awesome is that title? I’m a bit jealous.

Michael’s blog is one of the first blogs I subscribed to once I started Library School and have loved reading his updates. This blog is really a little bit about everything but it includes a lot about how to incorporate technology into the library. He does a lot of presentations as well which he graciously posts! Thank you! And it doesn’t hurt that he is a big Doctor Who Geek like me! 😉

I wanted to focus on this blog because I feel like his tech based posts and presentations have been very useful for me. For instance, he recently posted about Internet Librarian 2012 which is a conference that covers topics, you guessed, covering the Internet and it’s uses in the Library!

He also posts information videos that he has either recorded himself or has found around the web on topics like Public Speaking, Networks/Security/Hardware/Troubleshooting, and Social Searching for Librarians. I think he posts great resources for students as well as Librarians.

Of course I don’t have the stats on his blog, so I can’t really say how popular his site is within the blogoshere, but I know for me it works. I think the content that he posts, and the manner in which he writes helps to make the information accessible by pretty much anyone. He doesn’t talk in jargon or talk over your head, he writes like you are having a conversation with him and I can appreciate that.

My Feelings on Social Media

9 Sep

So as a “twenty something” social media  is rather central to my life, not only personally but academically and professionally as well.

Social Media (SM) is many things. It is a way to network for jobs, stay in contact with friends and family, find new friends who have interests in niche topics, a way to express yourself and your beliefs, and I could go on. I think that SM is different for everyone and that everyone molds it to their needs.

Facebook

For instance, I use my Facebook account to stay in touch with friends and family. I post all of my personal pictures and stories there so that the people I love and follow what is going on in my life as it happens (It really saves a lot on phone bills). I am on Facebook daily, typically I just open it in the background and use the chat feature to get quick messages back and forth from my colleagues as well as family.

I also use the smart phone app so that I can upload the pictures I take from my phone easily.

Twitter

I use Twitter more to follow people and companies and get up to date info on new gadgets, ideas, software, etc. Following companies like G4 (@g4tv), Tekzilla (@tekzilla), and This Week in Tech (@TWiT) have helped me stay on top of the tech world and learn about new hardware and software, gadgets, and really everything, that is coming out. I find this to be very helpful! Especially when you don’t have time to surf the web daily and look this stuff up by yourself. I typically try to check my Twitter account 2-3 times a week, which is not as frequent as I would like, but I am very busy. However the accounts that I think are very important like Tekzilla and TWiT I have sent to my phone as a text.

LinkedIn

I use LinkedIn to network professionally. It also has a news feed that you can post updates to (very similar to the Facebook feed) where I post job related posts and things that I think my colleagues might find helpful or interesting. I check this account maybe once a week if that. I update my CV frequently and if I am trying to apply for a job I look up the people on my contact list so that I know who I am dealing with. I figure they are doing the same thing to me so it is ok. 🙂

Google+

Google+ is good for me for both professional and social interactions. I find that there are a lot of tech and Library related people on this site and so I follow them and have learned a lot from their postings. I check G+ maybe twice a week. It is linked with my email account so all notifications go there anyway. And because not very many people use this service the updates for the week only take half an hour to read through. So it is quite manageable, which I like.

Pinterest

I also try to play with pinterest for keeping projects I want to try in one place. I very rarely use this service. I think it is cool but I haven’t really found a use for it other than organizing the hours upon hours of crafting I plan to do once I graduate.

Goodreads

The one site I might use above all the others is Goodreads. I read a lot and this platform allows me to create a virtual library where I can list all the books I read and review and rate them. I am also able to view other people’s ratings and such. I like that they create a place for people to join book clubs as well as host book giveaways daily. So I am on this site at least once a day! But again I think this might be more personal site than a professional or academic site.

Flickr

My husband and I love to travel and do some pretty awesome things. I am also pretty sure that my husband was born with a camera in his hand, so we have several external hard drives full of pictures we have taken over the years. So when Flickr opened to the public instead of just photographers we were thrilled! It is $20 a year for unlimited storage (the only SM we pay for) but it is worth it. You can upload your pictures to be shared publicly or privately and you are also given copyright options. In fact a few years back we were contacted by a hotel to use one of our images for their website. So that is awesome. I generally only upload photos here to share with my friends and family as they don’t distort images like Facebook does.

Klout

I just started using Klout maybe a month ago. It is a website designed to show you how influential you on in various social media platforms. You are given a score, I believe from 1-100, and it even breaks down where you get the most and least attention and gives you tips on how to improve your score and make yourself more visible to the people you want to market to. I login here maybe once a week just to see how my score is changing. I think this is a good service for small business owners so that they can see how their marketing is working.

Brandyourself

This site is very similar to Klout in that it helps you boost your info to the top of search results. It shows you where to put information on your various sites so that it is found by the Google Bots. I am currently ranking well on page 2 of Google 🙂 It is free to use but you are limited to the number of things that you can do unless you pay for a premium account. For me personally it is not worth it, but I think a small business or library might benefit from it! I very rarely logon, only when I get an email telling me that something on my account has changed.

I am sure I have more SM accounts, but I am at a loss as to what they are currently. I may update as I remember!

Basically, each SM platform has a market that it works best for.

And because I use so many sites I try to also use an aggregator.

Tweetdeck

Tweetdeck is good for Twitter and Facebook as it allows you to create ‘columns’ for specific things. You can have one column that updates you on one specific hashtag (#) or a column that updates you on just direct messages you have received from others, and so on.

Alternion

However, I like to use Alternion. It is in its second round of beta testing so they are still working on the bugs, but it is pretty awesome. Last I checked they allowed you to link 202 SM sites to your account. The home page has two viewing options, one that resembles the Facebook layout, and the second resembles the pinterest layout. The news feed pulls all the info from all your other accounts and places them on one screen, so that you don’t have to sign in to 18 different pages to check your social media accounts. And when you want to post something all you have to do is post it on Alternion and then hit a button that says ‘post to all accounts’ and then send. Then that update is on all accounts! Easy!

Again, they are still working out bugs, like posting to Google+ and notifying you of messages and such from outside networks. But it is work checking out in my opinion!

And, as a fun little extra, here is a tag cloud for my blog! 🙂

Here is a pretty awesome tag cloud I made on Tagxedo.com. This might be the best interface for creating tag clouds or word clouds I have used yet.

Week 2, Social Media for Information Professionals

Repairing a loose binding

31 Aug

So here is a long overdue post. Sadly, this was the last repair I was able to do in the UCF Special Collections department. At least it was a fun last project.

Warning! This is a picture heavy post!

This is the front of the book “Essays of Elia” prior to doing any work. What do you see? Oh yeah, all that tape.

Book Spine, more tape!

And guess what, more tape and adhesive!

A close up of me slowly lifting the clear adhesive off of the inlaid gold ink.

Another closeup.

Tape is gone, but now the book is super sticky. So to fix that I bring in my secret weapon!

Magic Rub! A great non-abrasive way to rub off the sticky mess left by stickers/tape/etc.

Good as new! You would never know there was a sticker there! I wish all adhesive jobs were this simple.

Stickers are gone and the book is back to its original look.

Here is a torn page that has been repaired with Japanese tissue paper and wheat paste. You can barely tell that there was a tear! Fortunately this is all reversible in case better methods come along later. 🙂

This happens to a lot of older books. So we are going to go ahead and put that back together with some reversible PVA.

First I went ahead and found a small piece of Japanese tissue paper that would just cover the opening. This reinforces the repair.

Now I evenly cover the tissue paper with wheat paste.

And of course place it in the void. I used a stiff paint brush and a bone folder to ease the paper into the crack.

I have the previously repaired torn page between two sheets of acid free paper with just about 2mm of the left edge showing. I then use this as a guide for painting on the PVA because it makes a nice straight line. This is called ‘tipping in’.

Now I lay the paper in place and close the book. I then slide in a sheet of mylar on either side of the repaired paper just in case a bit of PVA seeps out. It is easier to pull glue off of plastic than it is paper. Even if it is reversible glue.

This was probably one of my favorite repairs. I love that there were multiple things that needed doing and I really enjoyed bringing the book back to life. Sadly, it was my last repair job at UCF as of now, but maybe I will be allowed to come repair items as a volunteer here when I get more free time!

Graduate School

24 Aug

I am very happy to announce that I have been officially accepted into Grad school for my Masters in Library and Information Sciences degree! Today is the first day of classes and I am super stoked to have this opportunity.

So… I am attending the University of South Florida for my MLIS and will be graduating (hopefully) in 4 semesters! Wish me luck!

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