As far as library school goes, I am down to a mere three weeks of class left. It’s surreal… In some ways, it feels like just yesterday that I started graduate school…yet, when I look at my personal and professional growth, it feels like a decade has passed rather than 2.5 years.

I remember how nerved up I was first visiting campus in December of 2009, as a prospective student, gathering information and vacillating about applying for admission into the program. And now, in just a couple of months, I’ll be applying for graduation. I might have mentioned this before, but I’ve never “walked” for any of my degrees, including high school, and would like to participate in the big Spring graduation with my LIS friends and colleagues. Totally geeked!

Speaking of my LIS friends and colleagues as well as professors, I am ever grateful for them and the experiences in which we’ve shared together throughout the course of my tenure as a MLIS candidate.

So what have I been up to this semester?

  • Trustee: Earlier this week, I was notified by the Sanilac County Board of Canvassers that I received a sufficient number of votes and have been elected to the position of Watertown Township trustee. My term began on Tuesday, November 20 at 12:00p and will run through 2016. 
    • I’ll be officially sworn in at the next township board meeting on Tuesday, December 4. Look for an update with photos from that experience.
  • Practicum (LIS 7640): I’ve been spending time at Caro Area District Library working on projects for the Tuscola County Law Library which entailed reviewing/weeding the 340s, surveying patrons and the legal profession as to their various information needs, exploring/comparing databases of court forms, and building a comprehensive legal resources pathfinder for the community. (For viewing and/or download: cadl.legalresources.pathfinder)
    • In addition to the law library content, I custom tailored two YA bibliographies for CADL in which I developed for LIS 6530 (YA Lit) and LIS 7250 (Programming for Children and YA) — Hunger Games Read-Alikes and Exploring Books Across Genres: A Guide to Teen Lit for Girls. (For viewing and/or download: cadl.hungergames and cadl.exploring)
    • Yesterday, the library director, who has supervised my experience, sent me a copy of the student evaluation she turned into the practicum coordinator — a glowing review — which made me quite misty-eyed when I read her comments and the body of the email.
  • LIS 7996: I’ve been working my way through the readings, assignments, and lectures. Last week, I submitted the outline for my research proposal and am currently awaiting feedback. 
    • My topic: Since Class 1 – 3-sized libraries make up 60% of Michigan’s public libraries, my proposed study aims to explore the presence (or lack thereof) collection development policies and training pertaining to censorship/intellectual freedom in Class 1 – 3 public libraries in Michigan which will help to paint a picture showing the importance of increasing training and the availability of workshops on the issue.
    • Earlier this month, I made a post about studying for the midterm. Here’s how I did — cut/paste from an email: “Well done on your LIS 7996 midterm exam. You got a perfect score! The midterm was worth 25 points.” Rock on!
  • Reading: I haven’t had much time for pleasure reading this semester; however, I have managed to squeeze in the Fifty Shades trilogy by E.L. James, The Kill Order by James Dashner (the newly released prequel to The Maze Runner trilogy), and Shadows by Ilsa J. Bick (sequel to Ashes). Currently, I am reading A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. Next in my queue: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows and A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin (Book 2 in ‘A Song of Ice and Fire‘ series).