Thursday, January 19, 2012

Musings of a Grad Student: Final Semester in Library and Information Science!

It is my last semester as a graduate student! I’ve been to each class once and they all look interesting. 

Here are descriptions of my classes:

  • Search and Discovery: A required course, it covers online information sources like subscription databases. We’ll also cover info-seeking behavior, the reference interview and types of searching structures found online. 
    • Interesting Assignment: Client Based Final Project in which I will identify a real-life client with an information need. I will produce an annotated bibliography of resources for this client.

  • Topics in Book Studies: Creating Library Content: Digital or physical, library materials are diverse. How did they get to the library? How did they get written/coded/filmed, why, and who publishes these materials and why? How do different medias work together and influence the creation of other materials? 
    • Interesting Assignment: Topic-Specific Contributions. Each week I will discuss how my chosen topic (an aspect of children’s lit that I haven’t nailed down yet) interacts with the publishing model under investigation that day.

  • Children’s Literature II: Reading Gender in Children's and Young Adult Literature: Oh, my, I am excited for this class! Most of the books are geared towards children with a few that overlap into middle grade YA. I’ll be posting about my reads for this class so watch for those reviews! 
    • Interesting Assignment: Bookstore/Library Visitation and Field Notes. I’ll be spying on a children’s library department while my colleagues check out a book store children’s department for an hour observing workers, shoppers, displays and the general layout.

It is fast approaching, the wave. The crest grows higher as the base swells. Soon I will lose sight of the sky. Will it swamp me this wave? Will I drown? Will I ride up and over the crest, breaking through the foam and soar into empty air? Am I ready to fall, splash and start rowing? Yes. Yes, I am. Four months to May!


  1. yay how fun! i wish i had thought to blog during my library school years. great idea!

  2. Thanks, Pam! It's been great comparing with others what they did in library school and how things have changed or stayed the same.

  3. I'm jealous! Sounds like good classes. Enjoy every minute. I miss it - but working is exciting too. I wish you well - let me know if I can help with anything.

  4. Thanks, Cindy! I plan to have a good time and will definitely let you know if I need ideas for anything. I'm glad your job is going well!

  5. Congratulations on reaching the end!!! I hope you love your Children's Lit class! Looking forward to those reviews :)

  6. Yay! Your classes definitely sound like good ones (and more fun than what I did my last semester of library school). :)

  7. Congrats on your final semester! The classes look fantastic!