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Journal #10: Final Reflections

What can you bring to your professional position in the future? I will be able to bring knowledge of a wide range of topics thanks to this class.  We’ve been able to go into a depth that surprised me given that this class is an “introduction to the profession” course.  So not only do I … Continue reading

Journal #8: Blogging about Professional Blogs

I looked at many blogs and initially chose to follow three. The Free Range Librarian Stephen’s Lighthouse Librarian in Black  I have been interested in RSS feeds/readers for some time but never really had a use for them, until now!  I found a good free one for Mac (NetNewsWire) and added my three blogs.  Librarian … Continue reading

Journal #7: Comparative Analysis of Professional Journals

After looking through an exhaustive (and exhausting!) list of LIS journals by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I chose The American Archivist and School Librarian.  I accessed both through Wayne State’s library. The American Archivist 1. General Information:  This journal is published twice a year by the Society of American Archivists.  2012 was the … Continue reading

Journal #5: Job Analysis, Part 2

The job description for this position is fairly long, with many bullet points, but they all fall in to one of the areas below.  Surprisingly, there were no specific technology requirements listed in the duties of this position. Collection Development – This falls into the “skills to develop” category. I am a voracious reader and … Continue reading

Journal #4: Job Analysis, Part 1

I would really love to work as a K-12 librarian (I think!  I need to do more research!!) but I wasn’t able to find a K-12 job position announcement (perhaps because August is a few months away yet, or perhaps because I was looking in the wrong place.  This is something I will need to … Continue reading

Journal #3: Professional Associations

I want to focus on library services for children and young adults, whether in the school system or in a public library.  The two associations I have joined and which I will write about are divisions of the American Library Association (ALA).  The first is The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the … Continue reading

Journal #2: Personal Goals for my LIS Degree

I love reading – this is not unusual. I bet most students in LIS programs do.  But it is the driving force behind my philosophy about library science.  I recall so many happy hours spent reading and hours spent playing using ideas, characters, and information from what I had been reading.  I was Laura driving … Continue reading

Journal #1: Introduction

This blog is a requirement of my very first class in my Library and Information Sciences degree.  I am so excited to be embarking on this journey, finally!  I’ve been considering making a career change and this is the first step. Before making this change in my life, I thought a lot about why I … Continue reading