Open Access Week

We’re going to be taking a week off to finish up some midterm work, but wanted to leave our readers with something to ponder. Feel free to add comments to this post and/or continue the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Open Access is an idea that should be familiar to […]

iPads, and Kindles, and nooks! Oh, My!

There has always been a hesitation to fully embrace the new. This existed when the codex,or books, with pages that you turn, took the place of scrolls that you roll, as illustrated by this hilarious video. Next, came the invention of movable type, in particular Gutenberg’s printing press. That was […]

Gaining Experience in School

For graduate students, ‘practical experience’ can mean a lot of different things. For some of us this means traveling to foreign countries for digs and research, volunteering in labs, internships at potential employers, or simply participation in conferences and papers. Regardless, practical participation in our fields is extremely important to […]

HackLibSchool, meet GradHacker.

All, I am pleased and honored to introduce something special that we are doing this week. We will be working with our colleagues over at GradHacker in a collaborative blog post-a-thon. Here at HackLibSchool you’ll be reading posts from some GradHacker writers, while we will be posting over there this […]

Hack Your Program : Dominican University

Today’s post is from Allison Mennella. *Disclaimer: These are my personal opinions and are not representative of the student body or Dominican University staff or faculty. I started in Winter/Spring 2010 as a part-time student and will be graduating in January 2012. If you have any other questions after reading […]

Quality Control

It seems almost every year we in the library science field torture ourselves about the glut of graduates emerging from our programs and the shortage of jobs that exist within the profession. One thing I continually hear from people is that library schools should make admissions harder. The argument is […]

The Elevator Speech

As soon as you start library school (or maybe before) people will ask you— “Why?” Besides asking why you specifically are going to grad school to get your MLS they will ask questions like: “Why does a librarian need a master’s degree to check out books to people?” or “Why […]

Choosing a Specialization

Usually within the first few weeks of library school, you are asked what type of library you want to work in. If you’re like me, you might have had some vague idea of what you wanted to do before you started school. I had wanted to be an art librarian, […]

Back to the Beginning

The School of Information Studies at McGill University Hello everyone! I’m excited to write my first post as one of the newest contributing members of Hack Library School. My name is Laura Sanders and on September 1st I began my MLIS at McGill University’s School of Information Studies in Montreal, […]

InfoCamp and the Unconference Model

In addition to writing for Hack Library School as a contributing editor, the other big extracurricular activity on my plate is helping plan InfoCamp SC. InfoCamp SC is University of South Carolina’s port of InfoCamp, a two day unconference started in Seattle. I got involved in the InfoCamp project because […]

Making the most of mentorships

Earlier this week, Ashley discussed some of the ways to hack your advisor–but what if you get stuck with someone you don’t like? Or doesn’t know much about your field of study?  Or just plain stinks?  Lucky for you there is an oft-neglected source of sage wisdom and comforting words: […]

Advice on Advising

I have an awesome academic advisor. You may be thinking “Is that a typo? Did she say awesome?” I’ve had conversations with my advisor that drastically changed the look of my coursework and could ultimately change my career. My advisor provides honest, inspiring, challenging feedback that every student should be […]

SAA11: A Retrospective

Continuing in the tradition of the ALA11 retrospective post and to promote more archives posts on HackLibSchool, I decided to create a collaborative post of session summaries from the Society of American Archivists (SAA to all you non-archives students) 2011 Annual Meeting, which was held in Chicago this past week.  Many […]

In defense of online LIS education

In online discussions about the current state of LIS education, I’ve seen heavy criticism of online education.  Of course, I can’t seem to find many of these discussions now that I need to reference them — but you can check out these blog posts, especially the comments, for some context.  […]

Beginner Status

Greetings from New York, This is my first official post as a new contributing writer for Hack Library School and I’m psyched to share a bit of my experience from the past week (08/20/11 to 08/27/11) both as a new library school student at Pratt Institute School of Information and […]

LIS Blogs to Read

Everyone’s getting ready to go back to school, including your fellow hackers! Part of the library school experience is keeping up with what’s going on in the library world. That way you can discuss the latest trends or scandals with your classmates and professors. We’ve compiled a few library related […]

Internship Tips and Insights

If you’re a brand new library school student, you may feel it’s a little early to start thinking about internships/practicums. While I do think you need a few weeks to get settled in and feel less overwhelmed by the new atmosphere (and information overload), it’s a good idea to begin […]

Ethics in LIS

I work as an intern for a youth program in a public library. Most of my time is spent planning or implementing programs or leading book clubs, but every once in a while I encounter a parent with questions about books or technology issues for his or her teen. A […]

[Series] Declassified: Reference

We’re proud to present our next installment in the Declassified Series! In case you need a reminder, we take two schools, the same class and compare them to see how they’re similar or different. Our first post was written by Annie and Micah and covered Information Architecture. This time around […]

Best of the Summer Semester

Whether you just finished an intense summer of grad school, working, conferencing, or swimming with the dolphins, chances are that you missed a few of our posts this summer. Never fear – it’s time for our end of semester recap! Completely new to HLS? You can catch the Best of […]

Why Archivists Go To Library School

Stephanie Bennett is entering her second year at Simmons GSLIS, where she will get her MS in Library Science and Archives Management in May 2012. She is formerly a corporate researcher; currently a summer archives intern at the Association of American Medical Colleges; and will be returning to part-time work as […]

New Writers!

I am pleased and honored to present the first three of our new writers: Rose L. Chou, Ashley Wescott and Teresa Silva. We are very excited about their contributions and unique points of view, so please help me in welcoming them. Rose L. Chou – San Jose State Rose L. […]

The Uni Project

Today’s guest post is brought to us by Chelsea Gunn, who is about to start her final year of the Simmons College GSLIS program, with a concentration is archives. She got involved with the Uni Project (which you can follow on twitter: @findtheuni) through her work with Street Lab. The […]

Hack Your Program – Pratt

Many readers have expressed interest in hearing more about the SILS program at Pratt and so we’re happy to say that we have two really great posts this week! Lauren Bradley recently graduated from the Pratt Institute School of Information & Library Science in New York City. She is a […]

A Thank You Letter

*Update — Nicole has been a leading force behind this blog since it was a wee GDoc. We all look forward to your future in the profession, Nicole, and thank you for all the wonderful, though-provoking pieces you wrote for us [<— Click to read them all!]. LibHackers never say die. […]

Hack Your Program: University of Sheffield iSchool

Michael Pawlus graduated from the University of Sheffield in December 2010. He currently resides in Korea due to extenuating circumstances but is actively seeking opportunities to join a library this fall. His interests include information literacy, electronic learning objects and web developments that increase the reach and impact of library […]

Working ALA – The Student-to-Staff Program

The ALA Student-To-Staff program is open to currently enrolled students who are members of their student ALA chapters. Only one student per school may participate and there are only forty slots available in the program. School representatives are selected on a first-come, first-served basis (so watch for the announcement like a hawk!). […]

Walking a fine line: You 2.0 vs. well, You

Last winter my colleague Annie wrote about the importance of online self-branding for information professionals.  I couldn’t agree more that personal branding is important for both budding and seasoned professionals.  Not only does it demonstrate a level of competency with social media technologies, but it also demonstrates that you’re connected […]

Hack Your Certificate

As a student with Emporia State University’s MLS program, I am not fully satisfied with my educational options. I want a certificate in web design, but such a program is not offered. We have excellent certificates in archives and a youth services. But in terms of emerging technologies we have […]

To-Read Tuesday

While our lovely Annie recovers from the summer flu, let’s share some of our favorite summer reads… anything! What are you reading? What do you want to be reading? What book can you not leave home without on your summer vacation? What do you read to cheer you up when […]

HackLibSchool at ALA: A Retrospective

A little late on the jump here, but here is our wrap-up of the American Library Association’s annual conference. Of the HackLibSchool team, Annie, Micah and Lauren attended the conference. Believe it or not, this was actually the first time we all met face to face! Aside from conference business, […]

Diversity: A new perspective

Recently I read an article in Library Journal about a panel held at ALA Annual that encouraged the ALA to do more to promote diversity in the field.  I’m certainly not the first blogger to discuss the uncomfortable racial demographics that exists in the information field and I will not […]

Hack Your Program: University of Iowa SLIS

Note: like other posts in the Hack Your Program series, opinions expressed here are mine alone. I have grown so much and enjoyed myself thoroughly at SLIS, so the few items I offer as ‘areas for improvement’ should be viewed as constructive criticism and also understood through the lens of […]

Google University

I had actually planned on writing a post about informal networking this week.  But then I was distracted.  That distraction came in the form of an invite to Google’s new, Google+ platform.  A great deal has already been written about the platform so I won’t get into the details of […]

Hack Your Library School Application

Hi Hack Library Schoolers, We’ve gotten contacted by a few people who have questions about applying to library schools. We can’t really answer those questions for you, everyone’s application process will be different. What we can do is tell you how we approached our applications. In addition to reading this […]

HackLibSchool at ALA Annual

Hi Everyone – Just a quick short note here. We’re very excited to be a part of reshaping ALA, as you can probably tell from some of our recent posts. The first step is getting involved, which we will be kicking off this weekend at the annual conference. Annie, Lauren […]

Book Review: No Shelf Required

Polanka, Su, ed. No Shelf Required: E-Books in Libraries.  American Library Association, 2011. I have to be up front with you guys: I don’t have a Kindle.  I’m certainly not a luddite and I’ve spent most of my life around computers.  I remember first getting dial-up AOL at my house […]

SLA 2011 + HackLibSchool

Just a quick reminder for any of our readers who might be attending the Special Libraries Association conference in Philadelphia this coming week – Our friend and contributing writer Lauren Bradley has organized a get together for LIS students and n00brarians. See the details below and RSVP to the Facebook […]

[Series] Hack ALA: Get Your Network On!

ALA is the largest library conference in the nation. It brings together different librarians from across the country, all in one place. It gives everyone the opportunity to meet new people and network. This is pretty fantastic if you think about it, but for a newbie student or librarian who […]

[Series] Hack ALA: The Librarian Wardrobe

Hello, newly minted and soon-to-be librarians! I’m visiting today from Librarian Wardrobe to give you some ideas on how to dress like a successful librarian without having to spend the large amounts of money that librarians tend to make (joke, of course). I was in your shoes recently, wondering how […]

HackLibSchool: First Class

Where are they now? [And, yes, this is a deliberate ploy to grab some SEO from X-Men. Ain’t nothing wrong with a little marketing genius, right? 😉 ] Micah Vandegrift is working as a part-time Project Manager on a Scholarly Communications Task Force at his alma mater, Florida State University. […]

Hack Your Program: University of Alabama SLIS

UA School of Library and Information Studies – Tuscaloosa, AL (Pictured above: Gorgas Library – UA SLIS is located on the 5th floor) Disclaimer: I attended the on-campus UA SLIS program from January 2009-May 2011 as a full time student. These opinions are mine, with the exception of anonymous sentiments […]

The Transparent Library School

Summertime! After a few weeks of sparse updates, the HackLibSchool team is kicking it back into gear. We first wanted to take the time to thank our readers for all the great conversations we have had over the past several months. It is encouraging that our writings have inspired discussions […]

ALCTS Job Search Resources

Hi all! Recently, my awesome friend (and fellow Iowa alum!) Diana Symons shared this listserv discussion with me, and after talking to Tiffany Allen, I got permission to share it here. Since quite a few of us are graduating (our ceremony is today, in fact) and moving on either to […]

Staying Connected

36 credit hours complete.  It felt pretty wonderful to see that on my transcript this past week.  After 5 semesters and about 20 months, I have completed my MLIS degree.  Still feels a bit surreal.  Probably won’t hit me until I walk at graduation next week.  It’s exciting, though.  And […]