Staying Sharp During the Summer
Continuing Education / Education & Curriculum / Professional Life / Specializations

Staying Sharp During the Summer

One of the most important aspects of library school and, in the future as we pursue work in the information profession, is staying up-to-date on what’s going on in the world, especially with regards to technology, literature, and world events. At all of my jobs I’ve worked at public service desks, answering questions for the … Continue reading

Networking with REFORMA-Promoting Library Services to Latinos
Conferences / Continuing Education / Diversity / networking / Professional Life

Networking with REFORMA-Promoting Library Services to Latinos

Networking and joining different associations is extremely important for library school students. I personally joined ALA, NCLA, and YALSA, among others during my first semester. It is imperative for us as students to join not only because the membership is cheaper but because of all the tools available. Continue reading

Summer in the Univer-City
Day in the Life / Honesty / So What Do You Do? / Specializations / Uncategorized

Summer in the Univer-City

Hot town, summer in the univer-city! And you’re in the library. Helping researchers, preparing for the August onslaught of students, it’s way cooler than the outdoors (literally). But wait… what exactly happens at an academic library in the summer? I promise you, the building doesn’t just sit there waiting for the students to come back. … Continue reading

Interpersonal Skills and Thank You’s: The People Part of Librarianship
Education & Curriculum / Professional Life

Interpersonal Skills and Thank You’s: The People Part of Librarianship

I’m going to state an obvious fact: being a good librarian means having strong interpersonal skills. I already knew this on a basic level when I decided to become a librarian. It is difficult to work well with people if you are an unpleasant person or keep saying inappropriate things. It is even more difficult to keep your … Continue reading

Self-Advocacy in the LIS World
Big Picture / Education & Curriculum / Professional Life

Self-Advocacy in the LIS World

For many people, self-advocacy is tough. Period. But, it’s especially tough when you’re part of a profession in which budgets are often tight, roles are hierarchical, and barriers can feel insurmountable. I’m not just talking about working in the library or information science professions. All apply equally to the experience of being a student in … Continue reading