Call for Art: Hacking the Library

Hacking the Library: Call for Creative WorkAn Exhibit by Wrest Virginia University Art in the Libraries ProgramExhibition Dates: Online and Print: August 2023 – June 2024 About: The hacker ethos in the positive sense is about the ability to deconstruct and reconstruct information systems. We invite you to highlight the […]

But what classes should I take?

Editor’s note: This article was originally published on February 2, 2011. As I’m sure many readers can attest to, it can be difficult to figure out the “right” path to take in library school in terms of courses.  Since I was fairly undecided as to what type of library I […]

Editing Wikipedia While In Library School

Editor’s note: This article was originally published on April 17, 2014. Are you a Wikibrarian? I recently became one—a librarian who edits Wikipedia (“the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit”)—and I have found the experience rewarding in the extreme. I have even stumbled into a role as an embedded consultant, helping faculty teach undergrads […]

Hacking the Elevator Pitch

Editor’s note: this article was originally published on June 17, 2013. One of the things I most love about librarianship is the diversity of the field. People choosing library science come from any background you can think of, and once they have the degree their choices are manifold. As an […]

On Being a “Traditional” Librarian

Editor’s note: This article was originally published on December 16, 2013. For the past few months, in addition to being a full time student, I’ve also been working as a librarian at an elementary school.  The other day, I was talking to a friend about my job, and she excitedly […]

Juggling

Editor’s note: This article was originally published January 14, 2015. I mostly read HLS posts from my fellow contributors and nod along – I learn new things all the time […]

Locally Grown Library Advocate

Editor’s note: This article was originally published on January 6, 2012. A year and a half ago I wouldn’t have described myself as an advocate for much of anything. Ive always kept aware and informed on ‘the issues’ and I always vote—but until recently I didn’t sign petitions, or call […]

Welcome New Writers!

We are delighted to announce that Hack Library School has welcomed new contributing writers. We were all very impressed with the range of interests and experiences that they will bring to the blog. Without further ado, here they are! Katherine Dimmick Katherine Dimmick is a third year student (about to […]

Music Librarianship

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Sarah Alexander, and was originally published on April 1, 2013. I recently went to the Music Library Association Conference in San Jose, California where I spent five days talking about music and books. And books about music. And organizing the music that […]

Am I Ready for Library School? [Starter Kit]

Thoughts On Being A Younger Library School Student Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Julia Feerrar, and was originally published on September 5, 2012. Just three months ago I walked across a stage in south-central Pennsylvania to receive my undergraduate degree. I thought of the hard work completed, […]

What’s in a program?

Editor’s note: This article was originally published on July 7, 2016. Recently a panel of Catholic University of America faculty and department affiliates interviewed me as a part of a […]

Hack Your Program – Simmons (Update)

This article was originally written by a full-time on-campus student in 2011 but has since been updated by two current Simmons students and a recent graduate in 2022. Below are short bios and reasons why we chose Simmons over other programs as a preface to where our opinions are coming […]

How I learned to keep worrying and love library school

Editor’s note: this article was originally published on September 6, 2011. Alyssa Vincent is entering her second (and final) year with Emporia State University’s School of Library and Infromation Management Program in Portland, Oregon. She is a library assistant at the University of Oregon-Portland Library and Learning Commons and a […]