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October 2013 Archives

Get WISE

There has been a lot of blog talk lately about online classes. I have taken all three types of classes in my two years here at GSLIS - face-to-face, blended and online. My personal favorite is face-to-face although with...

Not a Group Work Groupie

Given my mostly virtual schedule this semester, I figured that group projects would be out of the question. How could I possibly work with a group when nearly all of my classes meet online? I didn't choose online classes to...

Daily Musings: Twelve Years a Slave

As a big fan of historical dramas, be it a novel, a play or a film, when I first heard about the film 12 Years a Slave, I knew it would be a film worth seeing. Well, I just got...

I Dream of FRBR

Have you ever gotten down and dirty with the people who put the numbers on books at your library? You know, those call number people who keep to themselves and in the words of Ron Burgundy, "have many leather-bound books."...

Notes from the Field #1

It's now six weeks into the school year here in Massachusetts, and I am happy to say that I love my job. It's wonderful. The community is supportive and values the library, my colleagues are welcoming and helpful, and I'm...

The Reference Desk

My professor in Literature for the Humanities also happens to be a reference librarian at a large university. He offered each of the students in my class an opportunity to shadow him for a day. I never pass up...

Online Classes : To Overthink or to Not Overthink, That is the Question

Despite the fact that I have been the Facilitator for the Archives Management Cohort Online for almost a year and a half now, I personally have never taken a class online. I have taken face-to-face classes for almost 20 years,...

Mastering the Master Plan

It happened. I got a job. My master plan - starting my job search in September, taking one class online and one blended night class for maximum schedule flexibility, and continually using this forum to express my job-related anxieties in...

Baking Fun!

If you haven't noticed, we are already more than halfway through pumpkin month! It is kind of hard to believe that October is nearly over, meaning that I've already been a student at Simmons for two months. Time certainly...

That Time Already?

It's hard to believe, but yes, this week I chose my courses for the spring semester! My new classes don't start for nearly three months but I'm sure that will go by in the blink of an eye. I did...

Entry-level Expectancies

I spent some time with my brother on Sunday afternoon, and we were talking about school, jobs, life, and all that fun stuff. My brother just turned 22 and will graduate college in May. He must be living the life,...

Course Registration Jitters

So it seems that it is already that time of the year again, that magical time when we the students are asked to pick our next round of classes for the following semester. During my undergrad years, course registration went...

Better than Thanksgiving or Christmas...It's Registration Season!

If you're like me and you're finding the Christmas fliers in your mailbox irritating, then I invite you to celebrate a new season: Registration! Yes, 'tis the season to be planning your future. What classes will you take, and...

Long Weekend!

This semester started just over a month ago (although it feels like longer) and I've been going nonstop, this weekend it's time for a break. Three of my closest friends from college are coming up to Vermont to enjoy the...

Okay Google Now...

I need to talk about Google. Most librarians have a love/hate relationship with Google as it is such a useful tool, the ultimate federated search, but also often perceived to be the biggest threat to our job security. With my...

31-36 of 36

Well, here it is, folks: The last installment of my "What classes is Sarah taking this semester?" posts. I suppose it is bittersweet (for lack of a better cliché), although at this point it definitely feels more sweet than bitter....

Internship Time

Tomorrow afternoon, I start my internship requirement for LIS 438, Introduction to Archival Methods and Services. For those of you who don't know, each student enrolled in LIS 438 needs to complete a 60 hour internship project. While the list...

The Horn Book Awards at Simmons

I am always marveling at my good fortune. I live in a beautiful city, rich in history. I have a wonderful job that challenges me. I have supportive family and friends. I do not, however, appreciate enough the opportunities that...

Closed Until Further Notice

The government shutdown this week has me reflecting on my work with the National Park Service and what it means to be a public servant. With this partial shutdown has come a great deal of confusion and frustration from the...

How smart is your dog?

My dog has been my best audience for all the presentations I have had to prepare over the last two years. One of my big surprises when I started graduate school was how often I would be presenting to...