Saturday, April 29, 2006
This project has really been an important part of this process. Ultimately, the library has a significant Portuguese-speaking immigrant population who have specific needs that the library cannot meet. While resources for Spanish-speaking patron abound, there are very few resources for those who speak Portuguese. I truly believe that the woman that I worked with and I only scratched the surface of the resources available. We developed a print pathfinder and a web page for the library at which my partner works. Overall, I learned so much about how different the needs of public libraries are from those of academic libraries.
I am so excited to be done for the semester. Summer classes don't start until May 24th - and I am goind to take a much needed break between now and then (although I will be doing many different types of good luck dances to help me pass my classes . . . ).
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
My term project for ILS 504 was to design a library instruction class. I chose to design a class geared to teaching college upper classmen how to use federal government sources, specifically census resources, to complete a research project that required statistical evaluation. I mentioned previously that I love government documents. I worked as a gov docs assistant at a Federal Depository Library for 4 year (plus 3 years of work study while in college). I figured that my previous knowledge of gov docs would allow me to spend more time on the actual design of the project. I hope that this is the case. It was a fun project - yet, I'm psyched to be done. The final project is available online in my eportfolio.
I'm done, I'm done, I'm done!!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah!!
Saturday, April 22, 2006
Now, I need to get back to work on my final projects - one is due on the 24th of April and the other is due on the 29th of April.
Thursday, April 20, 2006
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Anyway, this makes me feel much better about the class. It is very difficult to take a class and get absolutely no grades until the last two weeks of class. I have been hesitant about working on the final project because I had no sense of what the professor thought of my work. As such, I'm a bit behind where I should be - and will be spending all available time working on the project over the next two weeks.
At least, I feel like I'm making more progress than I was a couple of weeks ago.
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
- Student's Special Project
- A description of major landmarks in one's MLS studies
- Examples of significant course projects
- Organizational material/navigational aids
- A serviceable resume
The Special Projct is a research paper or report of a project in which the student demonstrates knowledge and skills gained in the graduate program. The Special Project must include:
- Identification of 5-9 key concepts and skills gained over the course of one's planned study and an explanation of how they apply to the project
- Identification of the course's in the student's planned study the contributed to the knowledge set
- Discussion of how the knowledge and skill set was applied to the project
- Documentation of the project
- Where appropriate, supporting assement documents should be included
I'm hoping that if I keep all of my work organized from the beginning, finding information pertinent to my special project will be much easier - and less stressful later on. Admittedly, it is hard to think about finishing my degree when I am much closer to the beginning than the end. However, I plan to give it my best shot!!!
For Reference and Information Resources and Services (ILS504), we are supposed to plan and design an instructional/training project for a targeted user group in a specific library. For my project, I am designing a library instruction class for upper level undergraduates doing research using census resources. The class will be geared to teaching the students about using federal government resources. I am fairly excited about this project - partly because I love government documents.
Sunday, April 09, 2006
ARGH!! I definitely need to find some way to reinvigorate my studies. Experiencing apathy in my second semester is not a good sign. HELP!!!!!!!