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January 2013 Archives

Priority Deadline Tomorrow, February 1st!

Just a quick note for all prospective students applying for Summer 2013 or Fall 2013 - the priority deadline is tomorrow! If you'd like to be considered for merit-based aid, your application must be complete, meaning we've received all your...

The Big Picture

  It has been a year since I started the GSLIS program, and it has taken me this long to understand the value of a degree program. I am not just talking about the “getting a job” piece –...

Dreaming of a more peaceful time…

Growing up, I used to have a routine before going to bed. I would say goodnight to my parents, grab a beverage – sparkling water in the summer, hot tea in the winter – grab whatever book I was in...

Putting Evaluation Into Action

Last week at my internship, my boss overheard me telling a co-worker that I am taking my final core class, Evaluation of Information Services. My boss was intrigued, and suggested that we schedule a meeting sometime next month to look...

Reference Questions Via Email

One of the more common topics discussed in Library School is "the reference question." For many of our patrons this still fits in nicely to the librarian stereotypes and what they expect when they enter a library: the tall foreboding...

The United States of YA

    In this week of festive, inaugural, bi-partisan activities I thought I'd let everyone know about a fun list of books lingering out there on the interwebs. This is a list developed by the brilliant minds over at...

Technical Difficulties

There seems to be an assumption that all twenty-somethings are incredibly tech savvy. I wish I could say I fit this stereotype, but in actuality I have a lot of room for improvement. I don’t want to suggest that I...

16 Great Library Scenes in Film

Check out this article about the author's favorite library moments in film. My favorite line from it is this: "See what happens when you cut back on library staffing? You risk Voldemort taking over." Enjoy!!...

A Change for the Better

  One year ago, I started the GSLIS program worrying about catching up on technology and the laundry, and filled with both anticipation and anxiety about going back to school. It seems like a long time ago. I am...

"Libraries are still vibrant..."

How can we, as students, help libraries improve for their patrons? What is most important to them? Read what Americans have to say about libraries in this post on the Christian Science Monitor... http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/chapter-and-verse/2013/0122/Libraries-are-still-vibrant-say-Americans-but-need-to-keep-up...

Practical Versus Passionate

Like many of my fellow GSLIS students, I graduated university with degrees in English and Art History. After graduation, I was essentially pushed out the door, told to “go forth and acquire employment.” After looking around, my worst fears were...

We are Not on the Same e-Page

My mother reads more books than anyone I know. She is always reading something, and more often than not she has multiple books going. She legally possesses three library cards from three different libraries, and she actively uses each of...

The one thing we ignored in our syllabi this week...

It’s the first week of classes! I spent my week looking deep into the future of my semester. Oh what fun projects I will do this year! The possibilities are, pardon the cliché, endless! Oh, the places I will...

First Week at GSLIS!

Hi! My name is Emily and I am a new addition to the blogging team for the January 2013 semester. This is my first semester as a GSLIS student and I am looking forward to sharing my experiences with all...

Welcome Back!

Happy New Year and welcome back, GSLIS! I hope you all had a fabulous holiday and a relaxing break. I am still in denial that the spring semester is here. Today reality sunk in and I reluctantly opened some emails...

Restructuring Public Libraries

I like my blogs to be fun but informative, which usually means avoiding politics. Unfortunately, there is a political situation taking place across the nation that just might influence your decision to go to library school. I live in rural...

On Starting A New Year, and A New Semester

I cannot believe that Christmas break already came and went. I spent my time tanning in the Floridian sun, crafting all of my Christmas presents, catching up on some quality sleep time, and enjoying hot beverages… I am especially enjoying...

Occupational Preoccupation

I went to work at the library on Saturday dressed as a librarian. Hair pulled back, cardigan, sensible shoes, blah blah blah. (Fortunately, my vision is still ok, so I didn’t top it off with a pair of glasses perched...

McAllen Public Library Part Two: People and Programs

Last week I had the pleasure of sharing with you some insights from my visit to McAllen Public Library, winner of the 2012 ALA Award for Interior Design. To read the first part of this two part series that talks...

All but the best laid book plans...

A few posts ago you may or may not recall my assertion that what GSLIS students should be doing during their break was to take some time to professionally develop. Well develop I did, but in the exact opposite...

McAllen Public Library Part 1: Building a Community

You may have heard of the McAllen Public Library. It has been mentioned in such places as the L.A. Times and Time. It is the library that won the 2012 ALA Interior Design Award, the library converted from an...

A Book by Any Other Name

Yesterday was a busy day at my local library. A recent phone call from a patron began with, “I can’t believe you have only one copy of this book…” He wasn’t talking about the copy on our shelves, but...

Time to Face the Music

The holidays are over, which means there’s only one thing left: New Year’s resolutions. It seems like a lot of people are resolute about not making resolutions, while some think of January 1st as a yearly opportunity to set new...