Fall 2010 at SJSU SLIS: Week 2

Much better than week 1. Much, much better. Sigh of relief.

I’ve turned in my first assignment, read the required readings, and feel settled into the fall semester. I’m way more organized and finally can get a grip. The major hiccup for me during week 2 was the discovery of a vampire novella, Dinner With a Vampire. Did I mention I’m Vegetarian?, available online at Wattpad, an eBook community. I only have Twitter to blame for alerting me to the story in 140 characters or less (and myself, of course, for following the link, retweeting it myself, and getting sucked in). I spent a day obsessively reading a story about a teenage girl who is kidnapped by hot teenage vampires. Seriously, this gives the traditional captivity narrative a new twist. Twisted, but fun. Seriously guilty pleasure. I had to cut myself off, though. I haven’t finished reading it, so I still don’t know how it ends. Does she get away? Does she get turned into a vampire? Is it all a dream? Who knows. Maybe I’ll read more for Labor Day. Gotta love three day weekends. Although, three day weekends have little meaning in the online classes environment. I mean, my assignment was due Sunday night. Weekend-interruptus syndrome. Oh well.

As for school, I’ve been thinking about my research methods course. I’ll have to write a research proposal this semester which I may link to my summer internship at GTU. I interned at the Flora Lamson Hewlett Library and did a lot of research on copyright issues for pre-1972 sound recordings. I’d like to find out how other organizations are handling this issue, and specifically if the complexity of intellectual property law for this particular class of resources does indeed hamper efforts at digitization and digital preservation. Of course, I don’t know what research if any exists on this topic, but I expect if this becomes my topic, I will soon find out. I also know from experience how daunting the intellectual property issues are.

I’ll be refining my research proposal idea over the coming week. I’m sure I’ll have more to add by then.

As for other projects, not much progress yet. My fall internship for Bancroft Library in Berkeley still hasn’t started. My ePortfolio (thesis project) is slow going, but at least it is going. And I plug away little by little at understanding and using RDA to catalog with MARC. All of these will be ramping up soon, and I will be very very busy.

Holy moly. This fall semester is going to be nuts. But oh, how I like me some nuts!


Fall 2010 at SJSU SLIS: Week 1

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.