April 13, 2011

Grad school reflections: Weeks 11 and 12 of my final semester

It's been a busy April so far! I started my full-time job as a Teen Services Librarian! I'm at the same library as before, so it wasn't a huge transition. I get my own office now, so that's fun. The hardest part is waking up early every day! hehe. This week I led a teen craft (origami) on my own. Twelve teens came, and it went well. Yay!

Today I went to a luncheon for my college's Student Employee of the Year nominees. I didn't win, but it was nice to get a free lunch and get recognized. The guy who won for the school also won for the state, but the school's cash prize was bigger than the state's cash prize...strange!

My reading and blogging time have suffered these past few weeks because I spend most of my free time sleeping or doing homework! Also, I'm gearing up for a trip to San Diego next week to see my fiance graduate Marine Corps boot camp. :) He only has 10 days leave before School of Infantry, but I am SO looking forward to spending some time with him.

Here's how my classes have been going.

Youth Services: We've spent a lot of time talking about motivational tools like storytelling, readers' theatre, and booktalking. Each of us has to present one of these motivational tools between now and the end of the semester. I think my favorite one so far was a snarky retelling of Twilight in reader's theatre form. :) We also discussed evaluations and budgeting...you know, the boring but necessary details of programming! I turned in my "Observation of a Children/YA Program" assignment. Last week I observed a homeschool program on making Model Rockets.

Electronic Materials for Children and Young Adults: We've been learning about collection development of electronic materials and issues that arise with electronic materials (plagiarism, copyright violations, filtering, etc.). We have a WebQuest project due soon, too.

Adult Reader's Advisory: We discussed non-fiction books, book awards, and book lists one week, and the next week we discussed YA books, chick lit, and street lit. I wish we had spent more time on YA, but the chick lit and street lit discussions were pretty interesting.

Just a few short weeks till graduation!


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