|Image 1: With ALISE president and SLIS director Dr. Sam while presenting my poster|
Monday, January 11, 2016
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Chris Fite, previous LISSA Vice President, was awarded funding in Fall 2015 for attending the DHSI 2015 conference. In lieu of being awarded funding, Chris has sent LISSA a blog post from The Association for Computers and the Humanities that he wrote discussing fundamentals of programming and coding.
Congratulations on your award Chris, and thank you for giving all of us more insight into programming and coding!
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
The 2016 Calendar is here....--CARDIGANS OF THE GALAXY--
Are you a Harry Potter, Doctor Who, or Twin Peaks fanatic? Are you in need for a Christmas gift for your best friend, the Trekkie? Look no further...all your favorite fandoms await in the 2016 SLIS Calendar!
$15 per calendar, $18 with shipping, and $30 special combo price for a calendar and t-shirt!
Contact Lindsay (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Erin (email@example.com) to purchase, or come to Student Services in Davis College to pick up your copy today!!
All proceeds support LISSA sponsored activities - Thanks for your support!!
Monday, September 21, 2015
This past summer I was a graduate collections intern in the library/archive of the Witte Museum in San Antonio, Texas. It was not my first internship but it was probably my best. I got a lot of hands-on work experience, I was able to observe the everyday functions of a real workplace in my field, and I received great feedback from some awesome professionals who have helped me further my understanding of what I want to do when I grow up and/or graduate.
I know that an internship can seem intimidating when all you have is a vague notion of what one involves, a few horror stories from folks who have done them, and a bunch of paperwork with deadlines. Figuring out where you want to put your blood, sweat, and tears for a good chunk of time (and probably without pay) can be stressful. But I promise that the hoop-jumping can be worth it, especially if you actually (at least kind of) know what you’re doing when you’re heading into it. Here’s a few things that I’ve learned about internships:
1. Know what you’re looking for before you apply. What do you want to learn through this internship? Is it experience with a particular skill set, or working in a certain kind of place? Are you only going to look in the area where you live, or are you willing to intern somewhere else? (Some internships come with lodging, others are conveniently located near good friends or family with a spare room/couch). Do you want to do a little bit of everything, or focus in on particular tasks? Whatever you want, there’s an internship for that.
2. Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. The Witte (where I worked this past summer) doesn’t actually publish information regarding internships, so my application started with me taking the first step (and a really deep breath) and asking. If there’s an institution which you would love to work in, go ahead and see if you can get some experience volunteering or interning there.
3. Look before you leap. Do your research, because you can potentially end up in a bad work environment if you sign an internship contract without knowing much about your host organization. Visit the institution, look into their organizational goals, observe how staff members interact with each other, familiarize yourself. Know what you’re getting into before you sign on the dotted line.
4. Be passionate. Internships are not for the faint of heart; they can involve long hours, large amounts of menial labor, and living on a combination of sheer enthusiasm and pixie dust. Before you invest yourself make sure it’s for something you care about, not just trying to add another line on your resume.
5. Have fun. This may seem like the opposite of everything I’ve said thus far, but it’s not. Internships are about rolling up your sleeves and getting some life experience in your field of choice. Even when there are challenges, you can still end up learning a lot. And those bumps in the road are part of what make the adventure interesting. (Plus there’s always the regular fun stuff, like exploring new places, meeting new people, getting to be a shameless tourist, eating fresh TexMex…)
Get outside of the classroom and your comfort zone, try new things, do stuff. And then tell me all about it, because I love swapping stories. (Speaking of stories, if you want to read more about my recent internship adventures check out my blog: http://bit.ly/1LqUwXS)
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
1. What made you become interested in the library and information science field in general?
I have always loved reading and libraries. Many of my earliest and happiest memories are in the library. I was particularly inspired my by elementary school librarian, Mrs. Ellen Ramsey and then by my middle and high school librarian, Mrs. Vicky Culbertson. Both are SLIS alums, and I count it among my greatest privileges to have known and worked with them.
From the time I was in elementary school until I graduated from high school, I worked in the school library as an assistant. I knew I wanted libraries and all that they stood for - learning, inquiry, knowledge, and opportunity - to be my life's work. The library was such a peaceful, tranquil place to me, a place where happy days were made happier and challenging days easier. No matter the burdens of my heart, somehow opening the library door, finding just the right book, and cuddling in a soft comfy chair made everything seem o.k. again. All of my worries seemed to be carried away by the gentle rustling of turning pages. My book journeys allowed me to discover both far and distant places and places within myself. Books gave me the gifts of learning and self acceptance.
Perhaps it is because libraries were the places where I came to love learning and to embrace differences that I came to love finding myself in their midst. From kindergarten forward, every spare moment was spent in the library. I joined the profession because I wanted to share all that libraries and librarians had shared and meant to my life with others.
2. Where did you earn your MLIS and Ph.D, and what did you appreciate about that program?
I earned both degrees from the University of South Carolina's School of Library and Information Science. I have always loved learning and have sought challenges and rigor, for it is through these that I believe we continue to learn and grow.
I began the SLIS program because I respected the reputation of the school, its faculty, and staff, and I have never once questioned my decision or had anything but gratitude for being exactly where I am. I have never wanted to leave, and while one can never be certain of life's journey, I hope to always be a part of the SLIS "family." The School's reputation caught my attention, and the "family" that is SLIS kept it and captured my heart. For all that SLIS has been and is to me, I want to be a part of our students' journeys and to help SLIS be all that it has been for me for others.
3. Prior to joining the SLIS faculty, do you have any other career experience in the library and information science field?
I have worked in various types of libraries in numerous capacities since I was a very young child. To this day, after more than 20 plus years of working experience in libraries and a lifetime of patronage, nothing makes me happier than seeing the eyes of a precious child light up when he or she comes into the library. For children and adults alike, the library is a magical place. People often come to the library with questions. Whether their questions relate to scholarly research or to life itself, the library has the power to help them find answers. Both as a library and information science professional and as a recipient of the power of the library to educate and help its patrons, I know the profound difference libraries can make.
4. What are some of your research interests?
Honestly, I am like a kid in the candy store, and it seems I always have my hand in the cookie jar. There are so many facets of our field in which I find interests, areas that give me pause and ignite my seemingly unquenchable passion for learning. I teach courses in information literacy, using information resources, planning library facilities, children's and young adult materials and programming for underserved populations, and Universal Design, and equity of access.
Libraries have an unmatched power to make a difference in the lives of each and every patron coming in their doors. With technological advances and storehouses of knowledge, libraries have the power to help patrons belonging to all demographics achieve their goals. My hope is that by working together and taking things one day and one step at a time, we can make libraries accessible to all members of the populous. Each and every person on earth has a mission in life – a purpose.
Cultural, ethnic, linguistic, and physical differences leave us all with unique challenges and barriers to overcome. Rather than leaving us with “disabilities” however, these differences leave us “differently able” to achieve. In future research, I hope to continue focusing on how libraries can be made more accessible and user-friendly to all patrons and library staff.
5. What advice or tips do you have for aspiring librarians in the program?
Always believe in yourselves and in your abilities. You are destined for work that only you can achieve, so always keep striving, never settle, and always, always, always keep your minds and hearts open to learning. Be the faces and the voices you want to see and hear in libraries and information centers. You are the present and the future of our libraries and information centers.
6. What do you think of student associations, such as LISSA?
They rock! Student Associations like LISSA are second to none because they help us find our professional voices and set us on the path for professional engagement and leadership throughout our careers.
7. Is there anything else you would like to say?
Thank you kindly for this opportunity. I am truly humbled and honored. Please always, always know that, along with the other members of the SLIS faculty and staff, I genuinely care about each and every student in the SLIS program. We are here to support and help you all in every way possible.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Paired up with LISSA, I am hosting a professional website creation workshop on Saturday, March 1 in Davis College.
The goal is to give SLIS students/graduates a “leg up” on the competition in a very competitive field. Students can demonstrate their skills and display their work in a space where prospective employers can easily find them.
This is a ¾-day workshop to assist SLIS students or graduates (particularly soon-to-be or recent graduates) on developing their web presence for the LIS job market. The morning will consist a guiding through the process of domain registration and buying a web hosting plan, then continuing with a presentation on web presence and a guide to website development and creation. We will break for lunch (on your own), and the afternoon will be spent making your own website (with me there to help)!
We will be using the Wordpress platform, so no coding knowledge is necessary (but you should be comfortable with computers/the internet). I will provide guidance on how Wordpress works, how to choose a good Wordpress theme (and have pre-selected themes to advise on using), and what kind of content should be included on a professional website. By the end of the day, you will have a website to show employers how awesome you are!
Because this is a very hands-on workshop, RSVP is required (and space limited). Please respond to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending.
Note: The workshop is FREE but in order to participate, you will need to purchase a web domain and web hosting for a year (this is approximately $50). I will take you through the process on the day of the workshop.
10am start, greeting, presentation
12-1 lunch break
1-4 website building!
Please get in touch with any questions.