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Megan Ondricek

My name is Megan Ondricek and I live in Norwalk, Connecticut with my husband and two children, a four-year old boy and two-year old girl. I'm currently in my first semester of grad school, driving two hours to attend class on Saturdays at SLIS West and so far, I haven't met anyone else who travels farther! My current profession is stay-at-home mom, and past jobs have included library assistant, administrative assistant, and a Smithsonian museum intern. I've lived in Connecticut for about three years now, having lived in southwestern Virginia for the previous fifteen years. I am a small-town girl, outdoor enthusiast, cat-lover, Francophile, art admirer who at one point wanted nothing more than to become a park ranger.

Fun fact: I met my husband on the library shuttle eight years ago, and so I guess libraries were always destined to make bold brushstrokes on the canvas of my life. I love school always and forever and I'm not ashamed to say it!


Entries by Megan Ondricek

  • Summer Class Wrap
    Welp, my summer class (Records Management) is a wrap. What a whirlwind! What a race! What an adventure! In typical life fashion, just about everything went wrong with my carefully laid plans the last week of class. Kids got sick...
  • Staying Busy and Finding Meaning
    I've been wracking my brain this week trying to come up with a good metaphor to compare summer online courses with regular semester ones. The one I keep thinking about is running. Let's say the normal semester course is like...
  • Dog Days
    Well I was right about my online class - it is all the work of a normal semester class in half the time. We had a research paper due at the end of our second week (last weekend)! That assignment...
  • Back in the Saddle!
    Hoo-boy it's been a wild week! Summer has officially started. My online class has officially started. I spent two days at Hershey Park with my family, two nights at a remote cabin getaway with my husband, and have somewhat settled...
  • The Summer Interlude
    Well readers, I was right - my enthusiasm for school seems to be dutifully returning now that I've had a sufficient break. My online class, LIS456: Records Management, starts in a week and I am looking forward to it. As...
  • A Much Needed Break
    I'm afraid I don't have any exciting summer adventures to report on yet; with my son's preschool still in session our summer hasn't officially started. To be quite honest, I've been laying pretty low since the semester ended. I've written...
  • Third semester: It's a wrap!
    I'm all done with my third semester at SLIS West!!! Even though my courses this semester were in many ways "easier" than my others, I don't think I've ever experienced such a massive sense of relief. There was a lot...
  • Crunch Time
    We've now entered the last two weeks of the semester, otherwise known as "crunch time." I have three end-of-semester projects on the horizon that I'm busily plugging away at. Now is the time when my kids get away with a...
  • Living Grad School to the Fullest
    This post was inspired by a guest speaker we had in academic libraries - a recent SLIS West graduate that many of us knew. Marco is now a Reference & Collection Development Librarian and he gave a wonderful interactive presentation...
  • My Unexpected Library Class
    If you are like me, you'll come to library school with some idea of what librarianship looks like and what subjects your course of study may include. I can tell you that there are plenty of courses that you might...
  • Librarian Advice
    Spring break has come and gone (while we're still waiting for actual spring to arrive) which means we're entering the second half of the semester. It's amazing to me how different this semester has been from my last. In the...
  • Conference Thoughts
    So, let's talk about conferences. I knew that librarians had conferences before I came to library school. While I worked at an academic library in Virginia, I went to two of them. One was for the state library association, and...
  • SLIS West Tradeoffs
    I truly am grateful for the existence of SLIS West. I knew it would be difficult to manage grad school with a family and two young children, and I had begun to resign myself to the likelihood that I would...
  • Leadership in Libraries
    Nature is teasing me right now with some shockingly mild and beautiful weather for February, making everyone think that spring is coming. As such, I've been thinking about seeds. Not the kind that are already trying to sprout in my...
  • Librarianship is Lifelong Learning
    I've always thought that a good librarian is essentially a jack-of-all-trades. It's one of the things that drew me to this field. I couldn't settle on one particular subject or discipline, so my reasoning was that I'd learn a little...
  • Staying Sane (and Productive) in the New England Winter
    This is the New England winter in a nutshell, courtesy of Bill Murray in Groundhog Day: We're approaching that part of the season when it really does feel like winter is all you will ever know. The New England winter...
  • Technology Courses: My "Happy Surprise"
    In my last post I promised that I'd write more about my technology classes at Simmons. Like many students, I entered LIS 488, the technology core class, with some trepidation. After all, the technology components of library work had scared...
  • Year 2: Ready, Set, Go!
    The start of this semester marks the beginning of my second year at Simmons. It feels like I've come full circle. Last January, I was one of the brand new students at the back-to-school lunch, declaring nervously that I'd just...
  • Explaining Archives to the Layperson
    I've recently returned to Connecticut from a wonderful Christmas vacation with my family in southwestern Virginia. We were there for about two and a half weeks and I was able to meet up with a lot of old friends and...
  • Libraries Are Awesome!
    We had quite the festive end to the semester last Saturday with fresh bagels and muffins in the classroom and SNOW!! I realize this is New England where snow is more a matter of course and a mundane winter inconvenience,...
  • Ethics in the Library and the Archives
    I've been enjoying some very engaging readings and discussion in both of my classes the past few weeks, as our units on ethics happened to coincide. According to my professors, the ethics lesson is always everyone's favorite, and I soon...
  • Thinking Like an Archivist
    We are more than halfway through the semester and with a few days off for holidays this month, I think I can safely say we are in the home stretch. There is a light at the end of the tunnel....
  • The Life of a SLIS West Student
    It's been a while since I've written specifically about the SLIS West student experience, and I've now taken spring, summer, and fall classes so I'm not the "new girl" on the block anymore. I've never been to the Simmons campus...
  • Libraries or Archives?
    As you may know, Simmons has one of the highest-rated Archives Management programs in the country. This was a major factor in my decision to choose Simmons because the idea of an MLIS with a focus in archives interested me...
  • Living the Dream
    WHOA it's been a crazy week! So crazy, in fact, I'm going to have to break it down with a numbered list. Here are the important announcements/news items from this week: 1. I started my internship at the Fairfield University...
  • Put People First
    I was sitting in church this past Sunday listening to a woman tell a story about a piece of advice her older sister had given her which had become a guiding principle in her life. The piece of advice was,...
  • On Being Ambassadors
    I think I can safely say now that this will be one tough semester, characterized with lots of work outside the home. My first semester I had to drive to class every Saturday but all of the work and the...
  • First Day Jitters
    I remember the first few days of each new semester in college being really overwhelming. I'd go to each new class, go over all the syllabi, find out about all the readings, assignments and expectations, and trudge home wondering what...
  • Final Thoughts on LIS 453 (Collections Development and Management)
    I know it's been a little while since I last posted and I'm so grateful the Simmons folks have been patient with my erratic summer blogging. Our final class for LIS 453, collection development, was on Saturday and I've been...
  • More On Why I Came To Library School
    So apparently, sitting around and talking about books is something librarians actually do, because that's exactly what we've been doing in collection development class! On Saturday half of us presented our genre/topic discussions, in which we gave a brief overview...
  • On Catching Up, Belonging, and Library Stats
    As I wrote my last post it seemed as if summer was just beginning, and now I am watching the longest day of the year fade away over the endless, undulating lines of the Blue Ridge Mountains. I am in...
  • Hellooo Summer!!
    June - the first real month of summer - has arrived and my summer class at SLIS West is almost two weeks underway. In the time since I last wrote, I have enjoyed about a month of no classes, took...
  • One Rather Late Semester Wrap-up
    So... it's been a few weeks. My first semester of grad school ended five days ago and since then I've been processing, and recovering, and "making it up" to my family. Those last two weeks of class were kind of...
  • Whole-self Librarianship
    I learned passion and enthusiasm from my dad. My dad is a college English professor and his passions include subjects such as Victorian literature, poetry, Shakespeare, and John Milton. He has other passions as well that he indulges outside of...
  • Do You Have Time?
    Last week, I began a study in the name of science (and academic success)! You see, while counseling with my advisor recently, I was given this handy little factoid that you should expect to spend 10 hours on your coursework...
  • Less is more: Small scale librarianship
    One of the great things that I love about attending SLIS West is the lunchtime events. Many of my blog posts will probably contain thoughts and reflections from the latest SLIS West speaker or presentation, especially since I plan to...
  • Why You Should Go to Library School (or more specifically, SLIS West)
    A post from our new student blogger, Megan Ondricek. Since you are here, reader, I can probably safely assume that you are already in grad school or seriously considering it. Maybe you don't need convincing. But if you're like me...