Hello everyone. I’m Melody Leung. Your other un-normal normal blogger (opposite Katie of course).
I’m a goof. I love cheese, watching hilarious sit coms as a study break, and making cute things like tarts.
To balance my intake of cheese and tarts, I also love wushu, which is a Chinese martial art. Here’s a secret: I wanted to be a film star as a kid.
Last week’s advising pod on children’s and youth services was an informative, well-attended event, full of relevant information and inside tips on how to navigate the world of CYS.
High points include:
- Become a member of ALA (American Library Association), then also join (as relevant to you and your professional needs) ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children), YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association), AASL (American Association of School Librarians).
- Find a way to attend ALA Midwinter and research some of the committees ALA offers–you can sit in on many of the meetings and decide if you want to join. Joining committees is a great way to network, build a name for yourself in the profession, and work your way towards those coveted Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz award committees! But there are committees on all sorts of aspects of librarianship, including early literacy and multiculturalism.
- Use the iSchool website to learn about faculty and their research and contact them. Especially if you’re an online student, this is a good way to make connections and build relationships, even remotely. If you are local, come to the iSchool Research Fair on Thursday November 15 at 6:30 at the Burke Museum. Find more information here.
- Recommended courses relating to CYS that may not be part of the Media Endorsement track:
- LIS 568: Information Literacy for Teaching and Learning
- LIS 588: Special Librarianship
- LIS 567: Public Library Services for Youth
So we’ve covered links, tips, committees, and…
oh, right! Bunnies!
Happy Halloween! Ready for some not-so-spooky tips and tricks?
The MLIS program at the iSchool is very theory-based, which has its upsides and downsides. You learn about the higher levels of thinking in the field, and you analyze how broad swathes of users gather, organize, and access information. On the other hand, you’re sometimes left scratching your head, wondering how these theories apply to the real-world tasks of a librarian.
Applications are there, however, best illustrated by some kind of on-the-job experience. Whether you decide to a do a directed field-work, volunteer at a library, or conduct some informational interviews with knowledgeable librarians, you’re learning how theory meets practice. We’ll continue to have more information about these opportunities.
In the meantime, take a look at this blog post about ten things you may not learn in library school but are super important on the job. How could you go about acquiring these tools? What do you think you want and/or need to learn before you become a librarian?
Have you checked out the blog Hack Library School? If not, you should. It’s full of great insider tips and tricks on how to make the most of your time in school.
Take for instance this nugget about working in a library while in library school. Take heed: experience can set you apart in a competitive field.