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November 2013 Archives

Call Numbers: Why they are Awesome

For those of you who don't know, when one enters the Simmons GSLIS program, there are a number of core classes that they must complete. Besides an introductory course, LIS 401, there is another core course that they suggest we...

It's Not You, GSLIS, It's Me

I just checked the syllabus for each of my classes to confirm what I have been suspecting but had not bothered to verify. For nearly two years I've known this day would come, and now that it is almost upon...

Bring Your Classes to You!

I get a lot of sass from classmates when I talk about my work. Yes, I happen to work at the greatest library on the planet. Yes, my boss is the most incredible mentor and knitter in the continental U.S....

Where were you 50 years ago?

My answer to this question would be nowhere, my mother was six and my father was thirteen so I was not even a thought fifty years ago. Despite their young ages both my parents remember exactly where they were, and...

Study Tips and Tricks to Help Get you Through Finals

As I enter the final weeks of my first semester as a member of GSLIS, I'm somewhat in shock with the realization that it is almost over. Of course, it won't be officially over until I get past the dreaded...

When Can I Start Making Money? A Look at the 2013 Salary Survey

Recently in one of my classes, we did an exercise that was probably the most memorable of all my classes' exercises: we went through the annual salary survey for librarians. In the October 15th edition of the "Library Journal,"...

Get Me Outta Here!

The end of the semester is quickly approaching, and frankly it cannot get here soon enough. September and October seemed to fly by, but November has been dragging along. I think the combination of starting a job, looking forward to...

Study Break

I believe Jack Prelutsky speaks for all of us with this poem. I leave it to you on this Saturday of endless study. Homework! Oh, Homework! Homework! Oh, homework! I hate you! You stink! I wish I could wash...

All About Going Abroad

Having the chance to study abroad is something that I think many students want to strive towards when they begin their career as college students. While a number of my close friends did indeed get to experience the wonders of...

The Mid-Semester Blues

There is something about this time of year when everyone's creative juices seem to be flowing - except for mine. It's right after Halloween, recovering from making costumes (my husband and I were the 11th Doctor [Who] and the TARDIS,...

Guess what? It worked!

I am writing to share some good news. As the end of my degree program nears, I have started looking at jobs that require the MLIS. I have been fortunate to have worked in a public library and volunteered in...

INALJ

A GSLIS graduate and former GSLIS Admissions blogger, James Fox, emailed me last week asking if I had used INALJ.com in my job search. Looking at the URL, at first I thought the site would display in another language, then...

Savor Your Time at GSLIS

Are we there yet? I keep asking myself this question. When I started at GSLIS, I thought I would be at a great advantage over the full-time students. Here they were rushing through a very full and complex curriculum,...

Bad Grade? No Big Deal

I've mentioned once or twice that advising and personal connections with professors was severely lacking from my undergraduate experience. Now in my third semester at GSLIS I'm still amazed by the dedication professors exhibit to each student. My professors not...

Confessions of a New Employee

I started my new job last week, and have already encountered a handful of situations where I thought "I learned about this in one of my classes." It has been encouraging to have that baseline knowledge, yet strange to be...

Three Reasons Study Groups are Awesome

Study groups are something that I used to avoid when I was an undergraduate student. Back then, I found them to be disorganized and extremely one-sided, with one person usually doing all the work. However, I've had a recent revelation...

Rivalries

This whole week has had me thinking about competition, about the deep-seeded rivalry that forms for no reason other than loyalty and pride. I mean, let's face it, why do we get so worked up? Most students aren't from...

World Series Champs!

In case you've been living under a rock for the last few days: THE RED SOX WON THE WORLD SERIES!!!!! One of the best things about living in Boston is the sports culture. People here are passionate about sports, and...