January 18, 2011

Grad school reflections: Week 1 of my final semester

As I've mentioned before, this is my final semester of library school. Yay! In May I will graduate with my MLS degree. I'm really excited about this semester because I was able to enroll in ALL electives, so I really got to tailor my schedule to my professional needs and interests. After only one week of classes, I can already tell that this will be a great semester! Here are some of my random reflections about the first week of class...

Youth Services: I have an awesome professor who has a ton of experience with teens in a public library setting. She has a great sense of humor which will definitely make class fun. Plus I like the fact that she is focused on giving us real-life skills as opposed to just theory. (A LOT of library school classes focus on theory, which is great, don't get me wrong - but sometimes it's nice to learn some practical skills for the job!) My classmates have varied career goals - some are aiming for school media jobs while others are hoping to become children's or teen librarians in public libraries, but we all enjoy working with young people in some capacity. I'm really excited for some of the guest speakers and field trips we're going on. We're even taking a field trip to my library - I'll just stay after work I suppose. :)

Electronic Materials for Children and Young Adults: This is my one online class this semester. My professor is organized and easily accessible online, so I can tell this is going to be a much better online learning experience than I've had in the past! This week we completed several introductory readings about technology and today's youth. All of our course materials are posted on our professor's website - check them out if you feel so inclined. After completing the readings, we used an online forum to discuss different issues relating to libraries and technology. I participated in a discussion on the role of digital devices in libraries. I'm looking forward to progressing further in the course because we have some interesting projects coming up. 

Adult Readers Advisory: I signed up for this class because I work at the library reference desk a lot, and I often get asked for reading recommendations. I don't typically read a lot of adult genre fiction, so this class will force me to read genres outside of my comfort zone and learn how to use readers advisory tools and resources to match patrons with books they'll enjoy. Another reason I signed up for this class is the professor. I had her for both Reference and Research, and I enjoy her classes because she facilitates engaging discussions on relevant issues. She also can make even the most tedious subjects (such as research!) seem like fun. My classmates have a variety of reading tastes and experiences, so I look forward to learning from them as well. 

I had a great first week of class, despite the difficulty of adjusting to doing homework every night again.  At least the readings and assignments are based on topics I'm interested in this time around. :)

If you've stuck around to the end of this post, I'll reward you with this top 10 list which made me laugh a lot: 


Emily said...

bahaha, Love the Top 10. Those are very similar to the responses you get when you say you're studying student affairs. (Though add the "You're going to have affairs with students? heh, heh..." as well.)

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