Last year I went to this symposium, and I’ll probably go again. Save the date and see you there. It’s free!
…which means I have research papers due. The blank page can be very intimidating.
I wish I had a USB port behind my ear that was connected to my brain. That way, once I read all the articles on a topic, I could insert a thumb drive that would save the paper my brain synthesized from the readings. Come on Apple, get on this technology. Make Steve Jobs proud.
Slightly related to my procrastination, next semester I’m only taking one class. I’ve felt pressure to speed through to get the MLS degree, but that pressure is completely internal. Taking one class in the spring allows for better work/life balance.
Okay, back to the papers I go, but listen to this song by Solange before your surf elsewhere on the internet.
I recently wrote – like a few hours ago – a paper on information literacy for one of my library school classes. Turns out President Obama declared October as National Information Literacy Month in 2009. I would add a hyperlink to whitehouse.gov so you can read it for yourself, but with the government shutdown, the link might be broken.
In your opinion, is information literacy a human right?
Last week classes started, so it’s time for me to get back into library student mode which entails a lot of reading and eventually writing. Both classes require a twenty page final research paper. Man.
Anyway, so in my Diverse Populations, Inclusion, and Information class, this week’s readings focus on library & information science and inclusion. One article said that the reason why there aren’t many librarians of color is because there aren’t enough people of color with master’s degrees in the general population to apply for the jobs. I’m paraphrasing, but you can read it for yourself here.
A second article said that since the Spectrum program was initiated in 1997, the numbers of POC in the LIS field graduating with an MLS is up to ten percent (2001). This made me wonder what the statistics were for UMD College Park. If I take just a visual count of the POC in my class (that I can identify), we represent 14 percent, and in my other class it goes up to 33 percent, but it would be great to know the true picture.
Back to my reading.
Randomness. That’s what this post is going to be about because there hasn’t been much to share on the library front.
I’ll be taking two classes this coming semester, one “regular” class and one online. I’ve probably mentioned on here before that online classes are difficult for me in the way that I learn, but they aren’t impossible. The benefit though is that I only have to be in class one night a week for LBSC620. Plus, INST607 – E-Government: Information, Communication, and Policy – is the type of class that is relevant to public libraries and I can see myself being able to apply what I learn at work (and it is only offered online).
This weekend I went to a natural hair show (which is just like a library conference but without the library stuff), and was recognized by a crafty librarian I follow on Instagram. That was pretty cool. I hope I can convince her to be featured as a highly textured librarian.
And in the category of library-conferences-I-wish-I-could-attend, the National Conference of African American Librarians is happening in August.
That’s all on my end. What’s going on with you?