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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

Quiero ser…

I want to be…a librarian!

For my MLS technology course, I was assigned to compose a paragraph briefly explaining my professional goals, for my ePortfolio.  Did I hit all the points, folks?

I’m eager to begin my career as a librarian and I am building a full repertoire of skills and experience that will enrich my professional practice.  I expect to earn my MLS by 2012, with a School Media Specialist certification, but I’m open to working in a public or school library setting.  My undergraduate specialization was in education and I have many teaching experiences, so I already know how much I enjoy helping children and teens to make the most of the resources available to them and to appreciate the importance of the written word.  As I predict my professional life as a librarian, I see myself working on the front lines of a reference desk or information literacy classroom every day and interacting with different people.  I will learn from my patrons as much as they learn from me, and I will be thankful every day for the blessing of getting to help people in a vocation I love.

PS – Sorry I’ve been MIA for so long.¬† I get way too caught up with school, work, and life, and I’ve strayed too far from my home[page].¬† I’ll be posting more often, and hopefully include some reviews of recent reads.

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!

Done and done! [with my first MLS class]

Three exams…check.
Class presentation…check.
Final paper…check.
[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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No Flying, No Tights

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Sorry I’ve been MIA for awhile from my little blog – but I do keep up with my google reader, at least. ¬†I’ve been busy with my first annotated bibliography for my Fundamentals of Library Science summer course, and I’ve let my meager writing fall by the wayside.

My topic of research is graphic novels, and how they can be used in libraries to support literacy.  If you know of any cool websites, please write a comment about it; it would be most welcomed.

A librarian coworker highly recommended this awesome site called No Flying, No Tights, which includes great recommendations of graphic novels, based on age and genre. ¬†I’ve explored it only a little, but so far, it looks like a great readers’ advisory (and personal reading) tool. ¬†Tell me what you think.

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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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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