I graduated with my MLS/School Media Specialist degree from CUNY Queens College on May 31st, 2012! I’m so excited to be through with all the demands of taking classes and writing my thesis. A few days later, I was happy to see my grades come through the registrar, and I did very well, if I may so so myself.
I’m hoping to get back in the swing of things on the blogosphere once I get settled in my post-grad-school life.
Now, I’m looking for a school librarian/media specialist position or a youth services position in a public library. Tell me if you hear anything 😉
[insert happy dance]
I’ve finished my summer course, and it feels good to have my first MLS class under my belt. Depending on how the 3rd exam grade goes, I should have earned somewhere in the A-vicinity in this course [yay!!].
I got back comments for my final paper (topic=graphic novels and literacy), and they were a bit unnerving. Although I was satisfied with the grade, I was a bit unsettled by what the professor had a problem with. It seems that I had too many citations in each paragraph. Perhaps it just got tedious to read.
Regardless, I’ll be posting most of my assignments on my online portfolio here. Now, all that has been posted is my powerpoint presentation. I hope to post my final paper and my annotated bibliography in the coming week, so if you’re interested in graphic novels, check again in a few days.
I have about two weeks of relaxation and pleasure reading before the fall semester begins. Then, I’ll be taking two courses for my MLS, which should work out to be as much of a workload as one summer course [I hope]. Enjoy the summer break, all you QCers out there!
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This week, I made my first satisfying slices through red tape. Like any respectable institution, Queens College has its fair share of interdepartmental twists and turns. Considering the fact that I’ll be starting classes at the end of this month, I thought that a few weeks was cutting it close. A friend of mine cut it even closer – a one week turnaround from acceptance to the first graduate class. Regardless, I feel an inkling of gratification after this week’s worth of taking care of business:
- Friday 6/4 – Acceptance. …and there was much rejoicing…
- Wednesday 6/9 – On the phone with LIS department, advisement office, registrar, advisement, LIS. Finally…Enrollment in my summer 701 course. Google Calendar here I come!
- Tuesday 6/6 – On the phone with IT, registrar, IT, registrar, IT, LIS department, made online payment (Ouch!), and on the phone with bursar. And now…I’m an official MLS student!
It feels good to get back into the academic game and to learn again how to keep the momentum going. The red tape wasn’t prohibitive; it was just enough to get the wheels turning in this old brain of mine. Three cheers for library school! Now I can become an ALA (and state) student member.
Tomorrow’s challenge: my first Librarian Trainee job interview. Wish me good luck!
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Tonight, I was an interviewee at my first group interview. It was part of the admissions process for the MLS program at Queens College. It was really more of an informational meeting, followed by individual mini-Q&A’s.
The professor noted that during the “down time” while others were being interviewed, we all seemed to socialize nicely. I guess that so far, we future students mesh well together – hopefully this will carry over to the classroom as well.
There was great diversity amongst the interviewees, in terms of professional/academic background. We had folks from academia, elementary schools, straight-out-of-college, two from publishing, and other fields as well. It seemed, though, that a fair amount of people had experience working in a public library, the field in which I hope to base my career.
After the interview, I feel somewhat confident about my acceptance, but a little bit nervous about the high level of workload at Queens College. We spent a good deal of time individually planning out our upcoming semesters’ schedules (on real paper! how ’bout that?!) I’ll be starting this summer with only one class (2x per week for 6 weeks) so that I can acclimate myself again to the academic realm. After that, I’ll be taking 2-3 classes every semester until I get through 12 of ’em. More updates to follow.
Welcome to SmellTheInk, my newest blog. Here, I’ll chronicle some of the highs and lows of my career as a library student. I’m applying to CUNY Queens College‘s Graduate School of Library & Information Science and beginning studies this summer.
The photo on the headline of this blog was one I took in Linz, Austria at the Ars Electronica (Electronic Art) Center. It features a panel of moveable (a la giant abacus) LEDs. It seemed fitting for a profession that drives down the information superhighway. Also, I thought the modern twist would juxtapose nicely with the paper-and-ink themed-title of the blog. I’d love to hear feedback about the theme, photo, and overall feel of the page.
Thanks – Christine