Many of the best librarians I know don’t have MLIS degrees. And it’s true, they’re not paid as librarians. Was my MLIS helpful? Yes. Was it worth the time, money, and grief I put into it? Absolutely not. It’s a classist gateway, it measures competence at skills largely unrelated to the profession, and the system is broken.
"I don’t think an MLIS is necessary to become a librarian"
Mindy Klasky, Girl’s Guide to Witchcraft (Don Mills, Ont: Red Dress Ink, 2006)
They cut out the cataloguing part of one of my courses this semester. The professor says if you want to be cataloguing, you shouldn’t be in a masters program, just be a technician instead.
Is this some weird Canadian thing or are they just nuts?
(I’ll be sure to take the separate cataloguing…
I know very few people who do cataloguing anymore, but most of them are full librarians. Your professor seems to be misinformed.
I have this in the queue so that it should pop up about twenty minutes before I finish my last grad school class, ever.
When I finish a huge “powerpoint” presentation for class, I want to save it three times, put it on two thumb drives, sync my external, and then email it to myself on two separate accounts.
These days, I just have to ex out of the window, and it will be there—ready for me to pluck it out of the cloud—when I get to class. Really. Really? REALLY???
I’ve been doing this for two years now, and it still makes me nervous. It just feels so wrong!
And I don’t have to save it as I write, between each slide, either. /twitch. twitch.
Edit: Question for the ages: What do we call powerpoints now that they aren’t powerpoints?
are delayed this year. I finish grad school on the 9th. Then, I’ll dance around naked. Now, I’m writing finding aids, essays, and presentations.
Also, I turn 25 on May 4th. Celebrating that later, too.
(Yeah, my birthday is always during finals. I’m used to it. You should’ve seen my 21st. For that, we partied anyway. Our grades may or may not have suffered. Oops?)
me writing essays
My entire thesis.
Every single academic book in existence.
Counter-argument to buy another three pages: that poison?
The PowerPoint presentation that I’m putting together right now
It is too late in the semester to curl up in a little ball and refuse to come out until life stops sucking.
My schedule is terrible. I don’t mean that my classes are terrible. They’re not. They’re great. Unfortunately, they’re all late afternoon and night classes. So at nine tonight I get to drive home from New Brunswick to N/W Bergen county. Plus, I’ll miss most of my choir practices. Ugh.
I’ve only had YA Materials so far. I’ve had the prof before, so I know it’ll be good. Next up is Preservation of Library and Archive Materials. I’m going into this one a bit blind, not sure what we’re covering or who the prof is. Ah well, it’s an adventure, right? Thursday will be Manuscripts and Archives. I know what we’ll be covering there, but I don’t know that professor. I thought I knew everyone in the program by now. Apparently not.
Wish me luck.
I’m still finding books here and there from my Children’s Materials class. It’s incredibly lucky that I can just delete my library fines.
Edit: It’s okay, I’m actually allowed to do that. Perk of the job. (Just in case you were judging me really hard.)
I’m going to shave my legs now. Then I might actually step outside and see the sun.
Who designed this user interface? Why are my search options so terrible? Why do I have such a strong inclination to throw my laptop across the room?
I just live-tweeted an INCREDIBLE #colloquium lecture by @joycevalenza for #Rutgers #lis502 about #transliteracy , #commoncore , #informationliteracey , #creativecommons , #fairuse , #socialscholorship, etc. The experience irrevocably confirmed that I am a #tumblr creature, NOT a #twitter creature. @$%&ing hashtags.
It’s going to take a while for me to start thinking and typing normally again.