Happy New Year readers! I am now officially an MLIS or Master of Library and Information Science. Woot! My degree was awarded on December 22, 2010 by San Jose State University. Yay, me. This next year will bring a job search and other projects. For January, I will begin as dramaturg for the Chabot College Theater Department’s spring production of The Grapes of Wrath. Additionally, I will work on a statement to submit to the U.S. Copyright Office regarding the possibility of bringing pre-1972 sound recordings under federal protection. This will tie in to work performed Summer 2010 as part of my internship at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA, and my research proposal developed Fall 2010, while finishing my MLIS. So my new year is off to a jump start. I hope you will join me along the way, as I blog about my professional life adventures.
My first week back to school has been strangely serene–a bit surreal in fact. Nevertheless, my stress has increased by a factor of 6. That is one for each new class I’m starting, one for the internship I’m still finishing, and one for good measure.
It may seem at odds to be both serene and stressful. However, I’d argue that sometimes in serenity, there is too little action, and so any stress stays bottled up…. And as a result, “Oh my aching back!” I’m really starting to feel it. I sat around with an ice pack for half the day.
For some reason, I had very little to do this week. I bought school supplies, I organized my desk. I watched my first lecture, had one face to face class (most coursework for my program is online), and reviewed the course material on Angel, the course management platform used by SJSU SLIS. But my internship doesn’t start until September 14, 2010, which I suppose is lucky because I’m still wrapping up a few final things at my summer internship site, and my e-Portfolio (my thesis project) requires organizational tasks only at this point.
However, starting this week, things are picking up as I finally have my first substantial lectures and assignments to do, and hopefully will feel as though I’m taking control of my last semester of school–which should reduce the anxiety. I’m so excited to be finishing up my masters in Library and Information Science. Really it will be quite a semester. I have a great internship at Bancroft Library processing manuscript collections (LIBR 294 Professional Experience: Internships), I’m working on a Library of Congress project that will put me ahead in the cataloging game (LIBR 298 Special Studies; woo hoo, RDA!), I’ll learn how to analyze and perform primary research (LIBR 285 Research Methods); and I’ll analyze my strengths and weaknesses while articulating the core competencies required for the MLIS degree when I create my thesis project or e-Portfolio (LIBR 289 Advanced Topics in Library & Information Science).
So, here goes week 2.