So You Want to Be a Librarian…

I know you’re all SUPER excited to get to read TWO posts in one day.  I live to serve, devoted readers.

Anyway, our latest assignment in IST511 was to create a video loosely based on the topic “You Need a Graduate Degree for THAT?!?” (Which is, for those of you who are NOT library students, something we get asked (and frustrated by) on a regular basis.)

Because I love you so much (and because it’s not my voice on the recording), I am going to share our amazing creation with you.  But first, a little background info. When Stephanie, Jen, Jenn, and I decided to band together to work on this project, our original idea (brainchild of the brilliant Stephanie) was to do a video version of the meme that was really popular last year, featuring stereotypes of what other people think certain professions do:

We wanted to include some humorous stereotypes, but we also wanted to emphasize the fact that these stereotypes are often wrong, that librarians and libraries are evolving, and that the profession is both valuable and integral to our constantly changing, increasingly digital society.

Librarians don’t just sit around reading books all day and giving loud people dirty looks; they facilitate knowledge creation in their communities.  And so, without further ado, here is our take on what librarians really do:

What do you think?  Let us know!

P.S.-Our class is full of brilliant people.  Check out some other amazing videos made by a few of my classmates.

An Introduction

Hello (potential) readers!  I’ve tried and failed at blogging many times in the past, but this time it’s for a class, so I hope it’ll stick.  Here are some things you should know about me if you’re planning to stick around:

-I’m in my first year of the MSLIS program at Syracuse University, and I’m planning to be a school media specialist when all is said and done (although that, along with pretty much everything else in my life, is subject to change).

-Although it’s my first year here, it is not my first attempt at grad school; I have 2 other graduate degrees, one in Russian area studies and the other in education.  You could say I’m indecisive; I prefer to look at it as being a lifelong learner.

-While I am starting this blog to chronicle my thoughts and experiences in library school, particularly regarding IST 511, I do have many, many outside interests, so don’t be surprised if a book review, sports rant, or cat picture finds its way here on occasion.

I’m sure there are many other things I could tell you about myself, but it’s probably best if you experience my sparkling personality gradually.  Stay tuned for my thoughts on all things library-related, and for now, because this blog is going to be about my experiences in library school, I’ll leave you with a picture of my favorite library in the entire world:

Picture found here