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Katie Carlson

My name is Katie Carlson, and I live in Brighton, with my best friend from undergrad. We lovingly refer to our apartment as the Bachelorette Pad, and spend our evenings cooking elaborate meals and watching 60 Minutes. While my zip code reads Brighton, my heart resides in New Jersey, where I spent the first 18 years of my life.

I attended Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA for undergrad, and received my degree in English and Art History. Seven sisters all the way!

I stumbled into the field of library science after my childhood best friend suggested I apply for an internship at our hometown's public library. Never had I ever looked forward to going into work every day -- until work was a library. I knew I had to do whatever it took to keep being that happy, so here I am! My aspirations for the future include working as a Reference and Outreach Librarian at a public library and ruling the world.

Talk to me about: Girl Scouts; professional wrestling; crafting; collaging; early 2000s pop punk music; feminist art; and cats.

Fun fact: I have been to 44 of the 50 states and hope to check them all off by the time I hit 30. Wish me luck!


Entries by Katie Carlson

  • Baby's First ALA
    A few weeks ago I took part in a librarian rite of passage, and made my way down to Washington D.C. for the ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition. As a grad student on a tight budget (especially a full time...
  • SLIS Tavern Night
    Our amazing end of the year event for SLIS took place at a Tavern Night hosted at the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum! Each one of the actors stayed so perfectly in character that when Paul Revere told me...
  • (Graf)fiti Walk
    Lucky readers, this week you get to hear about (and see) Panopticon's Graffiti Walk with Ann Graf from two points of view because Maria and I both attended! When I saw the Graffitti Walk advertised in the weekly LISSA email...
  • Baptism by Twitter Fire
    Somehow I never caught twitter fever. I've technically owned a twitter since 2013, but I've done very little in terms of operating it. Paging through the archive, I can tell I was stressed about starting college, because the summer of...
  • Jobline for the Win
    Somewhere along the way, I seem to have decided that I had too much free time as a full time student and part time employee. Looking towards the summer and itching for some real world library experience, I was trawling...
  • Book Talk Beats Bed
    Sometimes, as a student with a mishmash of jobs and an objectively messed up sleep schedule, it can be hard to find the motivation to go to SLIS events, even if they are right up your alley! This Tuesday was...
  • Developing and Managing Collection Development and Management
    I, Katie Carlson, am a 'microwave thinker.' This idea was introduced to me by a professor at Mount Holyoke, and indicates that given a moment, I can always supply an idea. Put simply, my brain moves fast. (Sometimes too fast...
  • HTML-ove Affair?
    This week in LIS 488, we learned the basics of HTML. As my last post shows, I was really quaking in my boots for this course! This week went really well, as we worked through a Code Academy tutorial, and...
  • Spring 2019 Kickoff
    With the first week of classes coming to a close, I thought I'd give my first impressions of my second SLIS semester so far! On Tuesday I had my first section of LIS 488: Technology for Information Professionals (my final...
  • A Very Merry SLISmas
    A little over a week ago, my roommate Chloe and I embarked upon a true 'grad students living in Boston' adventure when we went hunting for a Christmas tree! A douglas fir wasn't really an option when we lived together...
  • The SLIS Buffet
    Hello again! I'm getting ready to register for classes in a few days, and I'm going to explain the way I'm feeling in true English major fashion -- via metaphor. I feel as though I am at a Chinese buffet,...
  • America's Test Kitchen Library Site Visit
    Araceli Hintermeister '16MA/MS was gracious enough to give us a tour of the America's Test Kitchen facilities. We were able to follow her through the pantry, onto the various sets, and of course, into the America's Test Kitchen library. I...
  • If the Shoe Fits!
    This past Friday, I had the awesome experience of touring both the Reebok archives and America's Test Kitchen. Check out next week's blog for ATK! At Reebok I was given a fun looking ID badge that identified me as a...
  • The Real Numbers for Moving to Boston
    104 days to panic between graduation and move in 5 inquiries sent to potential roommates//landlords 4 rejections (some last minute) 1 perfect fit 10 pages of the world's longest packing list -- organized by room, and including a physical description...