I’m going to be attending University of Washington’s Information School (aka iSchool) to get my MLIS! Strangely, they haven’t asked for a deposit yet, even though they’ve confirmed my acceptance – wonder what’s up with that.
There are a few LIS-related things I’ve been thinking about recently:
- When the work server was down last week I went through the Library of Congress’s MARC tutorial and was surprised at how much less difficult MARC records were to understand than I thought they would be. In fact, I got so engrossed in reading the tutorial and compiling a few pages of notes for future reference that I ended up staying up past my bedtime and was quite tired the next morning. This is undoubtedly a good sign for my future as a librarian. ;)
- A few days ago I volunteered for the first time at the Visual Resources Collection for the Oregon Folk Arts scanning project. We had originally intended for me to help scan at high resolution the images from folklore field research in the 1960s and 70s, but it quickly became obvious that I would be more help in correcting the color and contrast of the images already scanned. This takes longer than I had realized, because the images are scanned at such high resolution that they’re about 60-70 MB each, but it’s fun. I’m doing what I’m good at – making pictures prettier in Photoshop – and it’s satisfying in a way I’ve never experienced before to use that skill. It’s hardly the most challenging work, but this must be something like what people who really know and enjoy what they’re doing feel like when they’re working.
- Speaking of work, I’ve been thinking of it in terms of LIS. I’m a Title Quality Assurance (QA) Agent for Demand Media. Essentially what I’m doing is making decisions about whether the quality of information is good enough to be useful, if it can be edited into a useful state, or if it it should be rejected because of low quality or nonadherence to company guidelines. I need to think about this some more, but it seems like there are some strong parallels with library work that can be useful in getting a LIS job.
I’ve also continued to read about library science and it seems that the more I read, the more bogged down I get in making notes of what I’ll need to know. I know I’ll learn much of this in my MLIS, but it’s still both intriguing and troubling to know that the field is so broad and deep. I feel like I should be checking out books on what to do with an MLIS and how to do interviews and so on, but honestly it’s a bit too intimidating at this point. Better to avoid freaking myself out until I have to look for a LIS job.
Here’s the state of things: I’ve been accepted to San Jose State University, Syracuse University, and University of Washington, all for online MLIS programs.
I’m pretty sure I’m not going to attend San Jose or Syracuse. San Jose because it was bizarrely easy to get into and is ranked pretty low in MLIS programs, which would probably decrease my chances of getting a good job. Syracuse because their information for newly admitted students is really confusing, which doesn’t indicate a good program (even though it’s ranked #3) and because I don’t have the money or the inclination to fly to New York alone (have never traveled alone yet) for a week, which is mandatory. UW also has a mandatory four-day in-person thing, but that’s pretty close to home.
So that leaves me with the decision to go to UW or not.
I’ve been feeling like it comes down to the choice between working for a few years to save up for grad school if I still feel like going (but being worried about not being able to find a full-time job in this economy and with my severe lack of extroversion) versus going to grad school without being able to pay for it myself and without knowing if it will be good for me.
A couple days ago I freaked out about this and called my mother, who said I shouldn’t worry about the money aspect (they’ll help pay for grad school) or the job aspect (I’ll find one eventually, no matter how socially awkward I may feel). I can’t help still worrying about those things, but I do feel a lot better about the prospect of grad school.
It seems pretty likely that I’ll go to UW, but there may still be something holding me back and I don’t know what it is. And I have to decide by the end of April…
Edit: Have asked for some advice on various librarianship things here.
100 Books in 2010 Meme
37 / 100 books. 37% done!
025. The Way of Tea: The Sublime Art of Oriental Tea Drinking by Kim Chuen Lam (2002)
026. Revenge of the Sith by Matthew Stover (2005)
027. Sheepfarmer’s Daughter: The Deed of Paksenarrion Vol. 1 by Elizabeth Moon (1988)
028. Free for All: Oddballs, Geeks, and Gangstas in the Public Library by Don Borchert (2007)
029. Divided Allegiance: The Deed of Paksenarrion Vol. 2 by Elizabeth Moon (1988)
030. Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind (1994)
031. Library by Stephen Akey (2002)
032. The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb (2009)
033. Oath of Gold: The Deed of Paksenarrion Vol. 3 by Elizabeth Moon (1989)
034. Surrender None: The Legacy of Gird Vol. 1 by Elizabeth Moon (1990)
035. The World’s Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions by Huston Smith (1991)
036. Glut: Mastering Information Throughout the Ages by Alex Wright (2007)
037. Liar’s Oath: The Legacy of Gird Vol. 2 by Elizabeth Moon (1992)
Analysis and reviews