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Amanda Pizzollo

Hello world! Look at me, I blog now! My name is Amanda Wise Pizzollo. I go by Manda but really don't mind when people call me Amanda. The Manda thing started with close friends and just kind of became how I think of myself. My middle name is Wise. How awesome is that? I'm from the South (SC to be precise) and sometimes we drop our middle names and make our maiden names our middle ones after we get married. To be honest with y'all, that's the main reason I took my husband's last name when we got married. I can now tell jokes about Wise being my middle name. Also, Pizzollo just sounds really fun. So, I am a feminist, and yes I changed my last name.

I'm a SLIS Wester. I don't know if anyone else uses that term, but I do all the time. Most folks just say "I go to SLIS West" or "I'm at the west campus." Regardless of your term for it, I am going to grad school to be a librarian at Simmons and I study primarily at their west campus in South Hadley, MA. It's lovely. I'm the student office assistant here too. I'm also a public library substitute at a small local library and I'm a metadata intern at Amherst College. I've been a Scholarly Communication intern before, and I'm passionate about all the opens- access, data, and education. I'm very talkative, so blogging is a natural choice. Oh, also I was a nurse before going back to grad school.


Entries by Amanda Pizzollo

  • My last blog post: Thoughts on education
    This one's going to be a bit weird, but you know, so am I. So it's fitting. There's some mixed info out there, but most agree that the word education comes from the Latin words educare, meaning to bring up...
  • Dig Libs & Graduates
    My graduation is approaching and all you devotees to my snippets on this blog (hi Mom!), know that senioritis is really setting in for me. Actually, it has been there all semester pretty much, which is a little crazy since...
  • 10 things I didn't expect to learn by becoming a librarian (but I did)
    1. How to make memes and animated gifs There's lots of easy ways to make them. My favorite is using Photoshop. DPLA has a list of resources on how to here https://dp.la/info/get-involved/workshops/#gifs and they run a boss contest every year...
  • It's the Final Countdown
    * 26 days until I finish at SLIS West (our campus has to end a bit earlier than Boston because we use the Mount Holyoke Campus classrooms) * 26 days until my digital libraries class presents at our graduation party,...
  • I Am No Charles Schulz
    I'm kind of out of words lately. ACRL last week was super fun and awesome, and I highly recommend taking advantage of conferences as much as you can. It's great way to know what other folks are doing across the...
  • Post Spring Break-a-thon
    So long Spring Break, and thanks for all the fish! Spring Break was fun. You know: non-stop parties, sunbathing, margaritas, that kind of thing. JUST KIDDING! hahaha. buwahhahahahah! (I could go on but will spare you). I'm in grad school...
  • Ode To Metadata
    We've reached that time in the semester that I refer to as the grind. It's not overwhelming, it's not all time-consuming, but it is a grind. Read, write, exercise (cataloging exercises, not the sweatin' to the oldies kind), repeat. And...
  • Other Librarianing Fun
    Well hello there, blog watchers! It's been a whirlwind of a time for me the last couple of weeks. I'm thankful to have a few big presentations inside and outside of classroom out of the way so I can catch...
  • The Interview Process
    I'm in my last semester at SLIS West, and that means it's time to start applying for professional jobs! Woohoo! Especially because I'm primarily interested in working in an academic library, I've got to be applying for things pre-graduation whenever...
  • FRBR is dead, long live FRBR!
    Okay, this post won't really be about IFLA LRM, the model that will be replacing FRBR LRM/FRBR/FRAD/FRSAD, but I couldn't resist putting a little nod to it as the title of this week's blog post. Those who heard news from...
  • "SLIS Wester"
    PS (presript in this case rather than post): I like the term SLIS Wester. SLIS Westerner would of course be more technically appropriate if you're uptight about prescriptive language. I'm not sure if anyone else uses either of these terms-...
  • NECode4Lib
    Howdy fellow interwebs browsers! This week I wanted to talk about the NECode4Lib event on 12/5. So, NECode4Lib was a fun and informative informal conference organized by librarians from around New England (with special attention to Johanna Radding, former SLIS...
  • The Week Before Finals
    'Tis the week before finals, and all through the landSLIS students are scurrying to finish up plans.Slides, lesson plans, websites galore!We finish up presentations that we hope the teach will adore. We tidy up projects and put citations in papersAs...
  • AAOTP (Acronyms All Over the Place)
    I was in healthcare, then I was specifically a nurse working for a state government, and now I'm a librarian. Oh, acronyms & nomenclature. I guess they abound in every profession, but between government, medicine, librarianship, and texting/social media lingo-...
  • Out with the Old, in with the New
    In January I left my last nursing job so that I could better pursue a position in the wonderful world of librarianship. When I did so, my partner and I sat down and talked about how to make that decision...
  • Pleasant Suprises
    Whew! Busy week with a couple penultimate assignments and a presentation in my classes, plus attempts to get back in shape and return to meditating daily. It seems as though my new year resolution phase has kicked in a bit...
  • Subjects, Categories, & Classifications in LIS
    A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend a panel discussion called Contested Subjects: The Politics of Library Classification at Amherst College. The speakers were Emily Drabinski (on whom I have a professional crush), Kelsy Shepherd, Alana Kubmier,...
  • Introducing -- Amanda Pizzollo -- A New Blogger for Simmons SLIS
    So, I'm coming up on my 10 year nurse-a-versary. Yup, it's almost been 10 years since I took my boards and got my first job as a nurse. What? Oh, this is a blog about librarianing you say? I know,...