I could probably talk forever about how my first semester in the MLIS program at Wayne State University went. I have never so thoroughly enjoyed school, and I think I can safely say I have found my true love and passion in the information profession.
My first semester is about at an end. I have just completed LIS 6010 (Intro. to the Information Profession) and LIS 6080 (Information Technology). My professors, Dr. Bin Li and Dr. Nancy Steffes, have made a really profound and lasting impression on me and my thoughts and feelings on the library profession. I walk away from this semester with a broader sense of what it means to be a librarian, more self-aware, and excited and positive about my future.
I began my semester with a very narrow-minded idea of what I wanted to do following graduation, a mere 2 years down the road from me, but hey, you can’t be too prepared. I repeated the words “reference librarian at an academic library” and “a librarian in a local history room at a public library” sooooo much that I just about convinced myself that either one of these positions would be my dream job. Holy Smokes. Nope. I have been made very well aware now that there are SO many varieties of positions and jobs out there for one with an information/library science degree. I can work in a public library, an academic library or archives. I could find work in a museum, a planetarium, an art museum, or a zoo. I could in a law library, in a hospital, or work with inmates at a prison (!!!) library. So many doors are opening for me. I just need to stay focused, gain experience (like, NOW), and learn as much as possible in the next two years.
I hope for this blog to be a snapshot of my adventures during my studies. I would love to see how my perspectives have changed throughout my time, practice my writing, be an advocate for libraries, and basically have a written record that I can go back and read years from now. I’m setting my goal right now so I can stick to it: Blog twice weekly (Sundays and… Thursdays maybe?), to discuss what’s been happening in school and also what books I’m reading now.
Which by the way, I just started Thief by Megan Whalen Turner, so more on that later.
Also, being that it is the end of my semester, I don’t have a whole lot to say on school – BUT I do start my Spring/Summer classes in two weeks (LIS 6120: Access to Information & LIS 6210: Organization of Knowledge) so look forward to that this summer.
Anyway, thanks so much for reading and going on this journey with me. ❤