On the Waiting List

waiting+listGoing through all my classes and comparing them with the SJSU MLIS Core Competencies, I found that I am lacking the Core Comp K – learning theory.  I did  a little bit in my last class LIBR244 with the final project.  But to be on the safe side, I should take a class that indicates this Core Comp.  Class LIBR250 does this but I am on the waiting list for summer.  We’ll see if I get in for summer or will have to take it for fall.  😦

Short Break then on to Summer Session

short-break-routesFinally, Spring 2015 is over.  It seemed like a long semester Maybe I’m just getting a little burned out with school.  I think I did alright for my two classes.  LIBR244- Online Searching taught me to remember to use field parameters when searching databases.  For example, narrowing in on the AUthor or ABstract for a search.  The final project was a training packet I did for a fictional library orientation class.  Had to finish it a little earlier than I anticipated since it was due on  Wednesday not Friday.

The LIBR259 – Preservation Management class started out fun with the book soaking project.  I learned a lot about digital preservation and now I have lots of ideas as to what to do for the library’s archives.  But the class ended with a difficult final project to create a preservation policy for, as I choose, the university’s document archive.  I’d wish I would have chosen a different partner with the speed of the feedback that I received but in all  think it turned out OK.

185px-Second_Life_logo.svgWhat’s next, a summer class. I am hoping this will be fun. It’s the American Revolution in Second Life.  I don’t know what to expect since it is a virtual world.  I am hoping that it will be a light class.

Two more classes to go until I graduate.  I cannot believe it.

Checking in Spring 2015

downloadIt’s nearly Spring Break.  I needed to access the roadmap on this blog so I decided to check in as well.  It seems like a Tale of Two Courses this semester.  The Preservation Management course is fun and engaging but flies at a fast pace.  It is difficult to keep up at times.  I have two starting working on Project 3 and Project 4 nearly at the same time.  The final project, #4, being one that will need time to pursue.

The Advance Search class is slow.  Units can range over 2-3 weeks.  Sometimes project will sneak up on me because I was concentrating on the Preservation class.   I have homework searches and a short presentation due this week and before Spring Break.

This semester seems to be dragging along.  Can’t wait to finish it and my degree.  I am learning a lot from the Preservation class that I can use at work to improve our archive.

Spring Semester Has Begun

sadsmileyWell the spring semester at SJSU has started, started on Jan. 22, and I already feel I am running behind.  I missed my first real discussion posting deadline in Preservation Management (LIBR259).  It’s been a difficult transition getting back into the swing of things after the Christmas break.  I also don’t know exactly what I am doing in the Advanced Web Searching class (LIBR244).  I do know that there is a lot of reading upfront and that’s what I have been doing.

Preservation management has the potential to be a fun class.  There is no textbook and the instructor is a practiced expert in the field.  I’m excited about the first assignment, soaking a book.  As for web searching, it’s too early to tell how this class will go.