February 13, 2011

Grad school reflections: Week 5 of my final semester

This week was CRAZY busy at work. I think it was the busiest library week I've experienced in a year of work! I guess everyone came out of the woodworks after being stuck at home in the ice and snow. Homework also kept me pretty busy this week, as well as writing letters to my fiancee (who is at boot camp for the Marine Corps). I also received my first handwritten letter from him - happy V-day to me. :) Here's how grad school went this week.

Youth Services: We had an awesome guest speaker from the state library who talked about the services they offer for children and teens. I learned a lot that I didn't already know, which I'm sure will come in handy in the future! After that we had some Current Trends presentations, and I finally gave my presentation on Teens and eReading. At home I worked on my "Homebase Defined" assignment in which I wrote a few pages describing my library in order to provide a context for the programs I'm designing. Each of us has to design 2 programs and present one of them in real life.

Electronic Materials for Children and Young Adults: This week we read about and explored nonfiction resources online. The assignment I chose to do was "Take a virtual field trip." I found two websites that could be used as virtual field trips to Ellis Island (one by Scholastic and the other at the History Channel) and compared them. The very short version of my thoughts (I'll spare you from reading the 7 page paper) is that both sites are excellent resources for students, but the Scholastic site is geared more toward elementary and middle school students whereas the History Channel site might be more appropriate for high schoolers.

Adult Readers Advisory: This week we focused on the Emotions genres - Gentle Reads, Horror, and Romance. Several students presented on books they read within these genres, and a few of us made up presentations from previous classes we missed. :) We also had an interesting discussion on whether or not reference librarians should practice bibliotherapy. The jury's still out on that one!


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