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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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…One Giant Leap!

16 Oct

First things first… New layout!! Woohoo! It was time for an upgrade 😉

Secondly, sorry about the lack of postings, I JUST TOOK FREAKING COMPS! But I am not really able to talk about it until after they are graded (I am pretty sure that is how that works… who knows).

Anyway, I am off to pass out from exhaustion and give my poor hands a break from typing. lol JK!

Yeah I wish, I have more homework to complete 😉

Week 1, Social Media for Information Professionals

1 Sep

Is this your first time you created a blog?

This is not my first time creating a blog. I had to create a co-op blog for my final semester in my Undergrad program at UCF instead of using the webcourse system so that is how I learned about blogging. I initially used Blogger because it is a Google product and it was very easy, but after a while I wanted more control of my options so I made the switch to WordPress (And LOVE it!) It takes a bit of getting used to in the beginning but overall I feel like I have more control of what the blog looks like and how it works.

I also have another blog that I am working on that I haven’t decided if I would like to publish to yet called “Insert Geek Pun” also on WordPress. I plan to use it starting at the beginning of the year to document my downward spiral into Geekdom. So that should be fun.

What is your experience with using (reading) blogs? For which purposes have you used blogs?

I actually follow a ton of blogs. I use Google Reader to follow, but just because it is easier than some of the other aggregators. I follow multiple blogs on various topics.

For instance I follow probably 2 art blogs, 20 Book and Paper Conservation blogs, 27 Library blogs, 7 Ancient Near Eastern Anthropological blogs, and about 15 tech blogs.

That sounds like a lot but people post to their blogs so infrequently it is rather easy to keep up.

I like to use blogs as a study tool or to look up what other people are talking about and doing the fields I am interested in. I have learned to go beautiful book bindings through tutorials that people post and I have seen some new gadgets be tested before they are released. So overall I would say I use them to keep up to date and to fill in the gaps in my learning as most people allow comments and will respond if you have questions.

What do you like or dislike about using blogs?

I like that the blogger community is open and accessible. I love the history channel and Discovery channel because they are educational, but if you have questions you have to either forget it or go on a mad hunt and hope you get sources that answer your question. But with blogs the person teaching you is right there, just a click away and you can interact with them.

I also love that there is no schedule. You are able to blog, post, read, and respond at any point in time and it is still completely interactive. It is also a ton of fun to serendipitously discover new blogs that cover topics you never would have thought someone was writing about. For instance, as an undergrad I was planning to go into a MA in Archaeology in Ancient Near Eastern Studies (I love Mesopotamia and Cuneiform… If I could work in the Chicago Institute or Yale…) and I came across several blogs discussing how to learn to read and write Ancient Assyrian and Sumerian. And that was just amazing to me.

As for dislikes, I can’t really think of any regarding the medium as a whole. I think generally it works for a large number of people and that is awesome.

Here is to a New Year!

1 Jan

First of all, allow me to begin by wishing everyone a very Happy New Year! I hope all of your season’s festivities were grand. 

It has been quite a year. I started a new job, started my Master’s, and started seriously looking into future job situations. 2011 has been a year of change and growing for me and I hope it continues into 2012. 

I finished my first term at USF and ending it with a larger knowledge of the Library and what it entails to work in one. There is a lot more going on behind the scenes than just answering questions at Reference or just pulling tape off of books in Special Collections. I was lucky enough to work or volunteer in several different positions at UCF and I have learned a lot from the people who worked with me, and for that I am greatful. 

My first term ended well, I obtained two A’s and one B. However hopefully this will be the last B I get…

But because I am so tired now from celebrating New Years I will leave you with thanks and cheers and a lot of hope for 2012.

Until next post!

23 Things: Part 2

10 Sep

8. Learn about RSS feeds and setup your own Bloglines newsreader account. Ok so I tried, I did. I registered for a bloglines account and imported (very slowly I might add) a few of the blogs I read, and I must say I did not like it very much at all. I am currently using Google Reader and I am accustomed to their formatting and such, and you know what, I like it. So I think I will continue using it! But I do love my RSS feeds and reader! 🙂 What I like most is keeping up to date on what’s happening in my field. I have several blogs I follow which deal with general library information, some that talk about conservation and preservation, and a few that deal with purely entertaining me. I think that as long as there are people around to blog, there will be a need for RSS feeds. As for their use in Libraries I think that depends on the person who is to use them. I think they are good for reference if you are following a blog that is acknowledged in the academic community for being accurate and appropriate. I don’t know that I would use them for ready reference or anything, but maybe more for networking and continuing education.

9. Locate a few useful library related blogs and/or news feeds. Actually last week I came across and starred a blog post from Hack Library School that was titled LIS Blogs to Read. How appropriate! They must have known I was looking for more! 🙂 Of the 10 suggested blogs posted I added…well, all 10 actually. But of all of the blogs I follow my favorites are Hack Library School, A Librarian’s Guide to Etiquette, Library Webinars, and The Travelin’ Librarian just to name a few. I like Hack Library School because they frequently have good tips on all things Library School like internships, jobs, and even some inspiration if you are feeling overwhelmed. A Librarian’s Guide to Etiquette is a great site to make you smile. They have some awesome jokes and sayings that will make your day when you are sick of reading journal articles and textbooks. Library Webinars is great for the simple reason that it is a site that puts webinars in all one place. It makes looking for a webinar simple. And Lastly The Travelin’ Librarian is awesome because Michael Sauers has fantastic content. He is a Librarian in Nebraska who loves Google as much as I do. (I know it isn’t always the best source but it is a great jumping off point.) So there they are! My favorite RSS feeds, I hope you get a chance to check them out and add them to your own.

10. Play around with an online image generator. So the two generators I picked were The Generator Blog and Big Huge Labs. At the Generator Blog I played around with the ifaketext.com option where I created this awesome screen capture. I think this would be cool for posters or signs to hang around the library or for other outreach. Big Huge Labs had motivational poster generator where this came to life!Bibliophile

11. Take a look at LibraryThing and catalog some of your favorite books. Ok, once again I feel like a snob because I prefer Goodreads over Library Thing. There isn’t really a huge difference but I already have all my books on Goodreads.

12. Roll your own search tool with Rollyo.  So basically with this site you register then are able to construct a search roll for any subject you want!!! How cool! This is great because you are able to search up to 25 sites that you trust and that you picked to search through. So I am able to search ALA, SAA, and who ever else I want. This is getting book marked for sure.

13. Learn about tagging and discover a Del.icio.us (a social bookmaking site). This is also a fantastic resource. You are able to bookmark the websites that you like ANYWHERE that you are! This is great! It will save me the trouble of emailing myself 10 websites a day to check out later. (lol am I the only one who does this?)

14. Explore Technorati and learn how tags work with blog posts. I think the best thing about Technorati is the tags page. This allows you to look through their top tags and see what people are looking at and writing about today. I think this is pretty nifty. I do think that I will come check the rest of this site out later when I have a bit more time as I feel they have more to offer than what I am currently able to discover.

That’s all I have for now. Keep a look out for the last bit of 23 things .

23 Things: Part 1

7 Sep

So this post, and I am sure some others that will follow, are going to be part of an assignment for my Foundations of Library Science course. We are to go to this blog, http://plcmcl2-things.blogspot.com/, and follow the 23 things and update as we go.

As I already have a blog, I won’t be creating a new one for this assignment but rather utilizing what I already have. So here goes!

  1. Read this blog & find out about the program. Check! Basically this adventure will lead to me being able to utilize more technologies that will help me in my future career as a Librarian. Sweet!
  2. Discover a few pointers from lifelong learners and learn how to nurture your own learning process. I really liked the 7.5 habits of successful learners and I hope I can say, without sounding cocky, that I have been doing a lot of these already! Now I just need to get that certificate to print out so that I can sign it…
  3. Set up your own blog & add your first post. Done! 🙂 Hello World!
  4. Register your blog on PLCMC Central and begin your Learning 2.0 journey. I attempted this but alas was unable to register it. I think that maybe the registration was closed? Let me know if this is incorrect so that I can update if necessary!
  5. Explore Flickr and learn about this popular image hosting site. Luckily I have been using Flickr for years! And I LOVE it! www.flickr.com/highlander411/sets. My favorite thing about flickr is that once you have uploaded the pictures you send your family and friends the link and they can order prints and see all the pictures that you have. This worked really well for my wedding, as it was a destination wedding and no family was able to make it. But they saw the pictures as they were uploaded later that day.
  6. Have some Flickr fun and discover some Flickr mashups & 3rd party sites. This was the first time I played with the mashups. I really really really like the Librarian trading cards! How cool is that?! http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/librariantradingcard/clusters/. I am definitely going to find a way to make use of the trading cards….
  7. Create a blog post about anything technology related that interests you this week. This week happens to fall on my birthday, so my favorite technology thing is going to have to include my present from my awesome husband. I have been wanting a tablet of sorts for some time, but could never decide if I wanted to get a tablet or an e-reader. There are benefits to both like the Kindle has the screen that is easy on the eyes and you can have thousands of books at your finger tips, but you really can’t do anything but read on it. However the tablet has multiple uses. It can be a reader, a computer, a notebook, etc. So I was gifted the Samsung Galaxy Tablet which allows me to have apps where I am able to follow all my blogs with Google reader, I can check my mail, read books, and do anything a laptop can do. It is fanastic! And the best part is it is light and easy to carry around which is great because I have a ton of books to lug around in Grad School. 🙂

Ok so I think that is a long enough post for now. I will be back later with some more of my 23 Things!

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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