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A WINDOW INTO THE DAILY LIFE AND THOUGHTS OF SLIS STUDENTS

Elizabeth James

I am a recent graduate in History from Yale University, and am currently attending Simmons as an online student in the Archives Management concentration. Previously, I have worked in special collections, a rare book library, and a historic house museum, and currently I live in Wheeling, WV while attending school! In my (not-too-frequent) spare time, I enjoy going to artist's markets, local coffee shops, binding books, and joining enough professional list-servs to spam my e-mail daily. Or, as I say to my friends, I continue working steadily towards becoming the most uninteresting interesting person on the planet.


Entries by Elizabeth James

  • Hands-On Archival Experience
    As an online student, I almost felt a twinge of jealousy when I saw that school would be cancelled in Boston on Thursday due to the imminent snow storm. But then I remembered that means I don't have to deal...
  • I Chose Simmons SLIS Online
    It's a bit surreal to think that last year around this time, I had just submitted my applications for various library schools around the country. I was still torn between whether I wanted to attend an online or in-person program,...
  • Preparing For Next Semester
    It feels incredibly strange to not have any classes for the rest of the year--even though I took a year off between undergraduate and graduate school, I still feel a bit lost when I'm not doing some sort of course...
  • A Day in the Life
    9:30 AM: Drive to the public library archives to look at some materials for my LIS 415 final project. Discuss with the librarian how they organize their online archives, and whether the initial proposals my group has suggested are acceptable....
  • Applying Coursework in Libraries
    Before starting my program, I made a commitment to try and use course assignments to assist local institutions in some way. I wanted my library school experience to be grounded in practice, rather than theory. Even though I am only...
  • Advising -- Should I Take An Internship Course
    One thing I was extremely surprised to note when I started my program online at Simmons was just how approachable the professors were--they responded quickly to any of my requests to speak with them, and were very open to talking...
  • Being An Online SLIS Student
    Like many people, I was initially really skeptical about getting my Master's degree online. I wasn't sure if the classes would be as difficult as in-person courses, and I wanted to make sure I got the best possible experience that...