It’s become apparent to me just how small our world is really becoming. I’m reminded of my trip to Russia and an outing to the Hermitage Museum had my friend and I stopped by security because he was so excited to see other Americans— and Northern Californians at that. That was fun. Well tonight I’ve had a similar experience…
Let me start out by saying that I’m in the process of interviewing for a librarian position at the Rapid City Public Library. I’ve been beyond ecstatic with my research on this library, and the city itself. A brief trip through the Black Hills a few years ago was an amazing experience and sparked an interest in extending my relocation dreams from the North West region through to Northern Midwest region. But my trip was too short! I can’t wait to get out there again.
Now tonight at the hotel I have a guest check in from Rapid City so I thought, yay! I can make a bit of small talk with them about the region. I told them I was hoping to relocate out there myself. What a lovely sweet family they have! Everyone from their younger children to the parents were so kind. Well at the end of this rambling story is the fact that this family I checked in knows the library staff in Rapid City. The wife is a former Library Foundation Board member. Goodness gracious— small world! I hope to continue on in the interview process more so than ever!
In other news, in one of my classes this semester we’ve been creating Learning 2.0 programs. My public library group is working with a library from Albany, NY (East Greenbush Community Library), and not only is this library very supportive in offering tons of incentives for their staff, but they’re now making our program eligible for Continuing Education credits. It’s so amazing to see projects done in the classroom setting being expanded into tangible, and of course useful, tools that library is using.
What a great semester this has been… I definitely have that kid in the candy store feeling. It’s crazy to think that my college experience is coming to and end this year. Good thing there’s so many options to continue learning (conferences, webinars, etc.) in the library community— I’ll feel very odd to not have classes for awhile I know!
Well I guess I haven’t felt like reviewing any books lately… oops!
So far this semester is going off with a bang. Last semester of classes and of course it has to be insanely busy. I’m tremendously excited to be working with Michael Stephens in 281 (#transtech) creating a Learning 2.0 program. The program is exciting, my group is working with East Greenbush Library NY. Yay east-coasters! Anyways, I thought it was funny chatting with a coworker who previously graduated from SJSU SLIS in 2010 and she was tremendously jealous of me taking a class with Michael 😀 Other than that I have a Web Search class that’s taking all my time right now, I didn’t think this class would be this intense. But it’s a lot of work. Then a communications class. That was just more a “filler” class for me, but it’s actually terribly interesting at the same time. I think I’ll get a lot out of that class in the long run. Can’t wait.
As for books, for the 100th time (not really—- really only the 3rd) I’m trying to read Game of Thrones. Now that I’m over 100 pages in I’ve gotten into it. Of course since I’ve checked it out via ebook from the library there’s no way I’m going to finish in time with all my classwork and work work, but I’ll try. Then to add myself on the wait list yet again. I’ve tried reading this 2 times prior, first time I couldn’t get into it and was too busy, second time again it was smack dab in the middle of finals. I’ve also had my wait list name come up twice as well and I missed the 72 hour window to check it out. So I think it may be a miracle if I actually do finish this book. I certainly have a long going saga with it! I may try for the physical book next time, may be easier!
Well I’ve never been a very good blogger. I never keep up to date on anything. I had a wonderful first semester at SJSU SLIS and am moving on to the next semester in less than a week now. I’ll be taking 210 (reference), 240 (web development), and 266 (collection development). I am ecstatic for all 3 of my courses. Can’t wait to learn.
I’m now volunteering at my local public library every week. I do whatever needs to be done and am thankful for my “mentors” who are teaching me hands-on work experiences like cataloging, collection development, different projects ongoing in the library, etc. It’s like I have an ongoing internship, without the internship title— works for me!
That’s the other thing, my focus in library school has changed too. I had plans to be an academic librarian but have steered towards public now. That’s not to say I’ll have to do that forever, but I think for now, it’s a good fit. I’m also not a huge fan of HAVING to publish articles. I shall try, but defending my work is always nerve-wracking for me and I don’t want to have that much stress. Daily work issues, grant proposals, and the like shall be enough for me!
So on to my next topic, I’ve been following a lot of library blogs on my Google Reader— It’s TOUGH to keep on top of them. I’ll be honest, there’s 1000+ still for me to catch up on. I thank Hack Library School team for the easy subscription to all those great blogs. Anyways, a challenge caught my eye this morning. Africa Reading Challenge— now that’s my cup of tea! I haven’t been reading much from Africa for awhile now (now that I steered away from studying African history) so there’s definitely a lot for me to catch up on, not to mention I think I’d like to read some more fiction from Africa.
I’ll have to scan what books I have and look online for those I can read. It calls for only 5 books (easy-peasy). Tentatively I’d like to cover Central Africa and West Africa (my two loves) and probably include East Africa and possibly North Africa. I have wanted to read Dead Aid by Dambisa Moyo, so that may be included though I’d like to focus on fiction.