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Graduation!

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 ūüėČ

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Update – MLS/Library Media Specialist

So, over the last month, I’ve decided to pursue the Library Media Specialist (school librarian) track for my Master of Library Science program. ¬†I’m excited about this because it will widen my possible job outlook greatly – I’ll be qualified not only for public and academic librarianship, but for public school librarianship as well. ¬†Yay!

Recently, the Queens College GSLIS added a new program to allow non-certified teachers to obtain the Library Media Specialist certification. ¬†So, I began doing some research into feasibility, and I realized that actually, I’d be able to complete the LMS coursework.¬†¬†Moreover, I’m able to do it through the classic program, provided I obtain my initial NYS teaching certificate before doing my student teaching. ¬†Of course,¬†I’ll be taking very particular courses, many of which will include school observation and teaching hours.

So, in coming months, I’ll be tackling the NYS teacher certification tests, including two covering teaching basics and one covering Physics. ¬†Yes, Physics. ¬†My undergraduate major was Physics Teaching. ¬†Although I completed my degree with honors and taught high school science and Physics after graduating, I am quite rusty in this discipline. ¬†I’ve borrowed some study books for this exam, and I have about a month to prepare. ¬†Wish me good luck!

My First Day as a Librarian Trainee

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As I discussed with one of my coworkers (one of the summer pages) during my break today, a career in libraries must really be the right path for me: for the last few months, my professional growth has progressed more smoothly than I could have ever hoped. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’ve recently been very blessed with two successive library jobs, along with acceptance to an MLS program. Thanks for letting me revel in the moment!

So, today was my first day working as a Librarian Trainee (“trainee” because I’m still working on my MLS degree.) I was nervous about not having many reference skills, but my fears were put to rest by my supportive coworkers. These lovely librarians guided me gently through my first day sitting at “the big desk.”

Here’s a sampling of all the interesting interactions I had with patrons today:

-registering kids for programs (ie, “baby boogie time,” such cute titles)
-signing kids up for computer stations
-finding Captain Underpants, Cam Jansen, and army-themed books on the shelves with kids
-helping parents schedule time to borrow museum passes (we have a very lucky library!)

I enjoyed the ebb and [very busy!] flow of my short shift. ¬†Even though some parts of the day were more busy than I could handle alone, I felt so satisfied helping so many people today – and I was lucky enough that most of the patrons were very friendly and patient with my emerging know-how. ¬†I’m really looking forward to my next shift on Friday, and to the next few months of learning on-the-job. ¬†Cheers to a great first day as a children’s Librarian Trainee!

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Between Jobs

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For the first time, I think, I can accurately say that I’m “between jobs.” Since I’ve graduated from college, I’ve used this handy phrase to euphemize periods of unemployment to my family and acquaintances.

“But what’s different this time?” you might ask. Well, today I completed my last day of work as a Page in the Children’s department at my local library, and Tuesday, I’ll begin work as a Librarian Trainee in the same department. After going through the ups and downs of uncertainty about the likelihood of my promotion, I now know that the job’s mine. (Actually, one of the jobs – mine is one of three maternity leave positions).

Starting Tuesday, I’ll be working at “the big desk” in the children’s department, answering children’s and parents’ questions, registering patrons for programs, weeding out old books, working on readers’ advisory book lists, and perhaps even running some story time programs. Although this job will only last until Christmastime, it works out ideally for me, because it will give me the experience I need and crave, while only requiring six months’ worth of commitment. Not only that, but I’ll only be working around 11 hours a week, with a pay increase that will keep my paychecks about the same as they are now (score!). I’m not trying to brag, but I’m just so happy about this opportunity, one that I wouldn’t have imagined possible for another year or more. ¬†Usually, these positions go to MLS students nearly done with their degree. ¬†Viva la foot-in-the-door!

I’m excited and nervous, and I find comfort knowing that my coworkers have (and I hope, will continue to be) very supportive of this transition. Wish me good luck!

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After Week One of Library School

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This week marks the official beginning of my graduate school career. ¬†I had my 701 “Fundamentals of Library & Information Science” class twice this week. ¬†So far, we’ve only covered the history of libraries, a topic I find very interesting. ¬†Unfortunately, the professor (and presumably most library students) are bored by illuminated manuscripts and the rise of literacy, so the professor just read aloud from her notes from the text. ¬†On the bright side, I’ve been reading The Library, a new volume that includes a written history of libraries (albeit written without subtle sophistication I’d expect from an academic work), coupled with beautiful photographs of the written word through the ages.

Anyway, I was assigned my first project in class: an annotated bibliography. ¬†Sadly, I made it through a rigorous undergraduate program without ever having done intense research, a skill that will be of utmost importance in my library career. ¬† So, I’ll be learning so much about research as I complete this project and continue in my classwork. ¬†The professor introduced us to two databases last night: Academic Search Complete (formerly Academic Search Premier, which I’ve used before) and Library Literature & Information Science Full Text. ¬†In class, she also had us create accounts on RefWorks, a bibliography-building tool that allows importation of references from other databases. ¬†So far, the research aspect of this 701 class seems very useful to my needs for assignments.

Oh, and back to the topic I’ve chosen for the assignment: how graphic novels can be used by libraries to promote children’s literacy and engagement in reading. ¬†I found a handful of electronic journal articles and brick-and-mortar books in the Queens College library. ¬†I hope to begin really delving into these on Saturday, because I like to let out my wild side on the weekends.

What is your opinion of graphic novels? Have you read any? ¬†What are your favorites? (I’ve only read the adaptation of Twilight and hybrid graphic novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick.). ¬†Please share your thoughts – thanks

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It’s Matriculation Time!

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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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A Taste of Queens College

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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.

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