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I realize it’s been over a year since I have posted. Wow! A lot has happened in that time. I finished up my last year with Library Management, Information: The Library & Society, and my Master’s Project. The Master’s Project was probably the most intense work I have done. My research project was entitled “Web 2.0 in Alabama Public Libraries: A Content Analysis”. For this project, I examined the Web sites of all public libraries in Alabama, specifically looking for signs of Web 2.0 applications, such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. Next, I looked at each Web 2.0 application for each library to determine how they were being used. It was a very interesting project, and I got some great feedback from my professor and second reader. I am thinking about publishing it. If I decide to do that, I’ll probably start with SLIS Connecting, the journal for the School of Library and Information Science at USM. I spoke with one of my professors when I was at graduation, and she strongly encouraged it.

I went to Hattiesburg for the graduation ceremony on May 9, and I got to meet all of my professors. It was wonderful to finally meet all of them. I also got to meet a few of my fellow classmates. I was actually sitting with a couple of them during the ceremony, which was good because I wasn’t as nervous. Dr. Griffis was really glad to meet me, and I had a great time talking to Dr. Welsh and Dr. Creel. They are all amazing people, and I am grateful to have had such wonderful professors to learn from.

Since graduation, I’ve been taking it easy for the most part. I’m working part time at the Greenville Library, but still looking for something full time. My friend and fellow librarian Andrea has been helping me improve my resume. This week, I’m filling in for her at Judson while she is at a librarian conference. At first I was really nervous about the whole thing, but it is going to be great. Today was my first day, and I enjoyed it so much. There are some alumnae from the Huntsville chapter here trying to identify photos from the archives. So I tended to them and made sure they had everything they needed. I also started working on one of the tasks that Andrea gave me, which was to find videos for the nursing department. So I started looking at other universities’ Nursing LibGuides to see if they provided any videos. I came up with several possibilities, both paid and free. I am going to meet with the Director of Nursing on Thursday to discuss what I found with her, and also to find out more about what she is looking for specifically. I am incredibly proud about the work I got done today, and I am looking forward to tomorrow!


Why am I doing this?

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I think I should have majored in Graphic Design or something in undergrad. I’ve developed a big interest in it lately, with all the web design and such I’ve had to do. It intrigues me, and I want to educate myself more about it, but I just don’t have the time outside of school and work. If I could go back in time and redo undergrad, I would major in Graphic Design. It’s not that I don’t cherish my Religious Studies degree; I really do. My time as a religion major has been invaluable to me, the knowledge I gained from all my classes and professors. It’s just that I wish I had known about graphic design then–six years ago when I started college. Right now, I’m in library school, and I keep wondering, why am I doing this? Why am I putting myself through this, if I’m not even going to be able to get a job when I graduate? What’s the point? Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy some of my classes (if I’m being truly honest); I certainly don’t enjoy all of them. Some of the ones I haven’t enjoyed, though, are the ones in which I’ve had assignments that piqued my interest in graphic design, particularly web design. It’s just that I lose sight of why I wanted to be a librarian in the first place. I get so bogged down in assignments and everything that most days I don’t remember why I’m putting myself through this. I know that if I want to be a librarian, this degree is what is required. But honestly…….sometimes I just want to quit it all and just take pictures and sit around on the computer editing photos in Photoshop, or designing web pages in Dreamweaver, and learning about all the neat and handy technological tools there are out there. I think if I did though, I’d be a 400-pound slob because I couldn’t leave my computer long enough to go for a walk.

I just don’t know anymore……..

Change of plans!

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Well, I had thought I would design the website for my Computer Applications class on the history of Georgiana. However, the final project is due in two weeks, and I wouldn’t have enough time to get everything together to make a good website. Therefore, I think I will design one for the Little Sorrel Chapter UDC. We have to incorporate some sort of video or audio on the site, as well as design a logo. I’ve got to figure out how to do that. We also have to have graphics on every page. This semester’s assignment is different from last semester. We don’t actually have I write HTML code; we just have to find a free host site and use their design tools. I kind of have mixed feelings about this. It’s easier not to have to figure out HTML, but I can’t seem to find the perfect design theme on my host. I want the site to look good and professional, but I couldn’t really find a theme that fit what I wanted to do. I almost would rather write my own HTML and CSS, but I don’t have the time for that. Oh well, this should be interesting!

PowerPoint for Mac Tutorial

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A tutorial of PowerPoint for Mac created for my Academic Libraries class.

Website design

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So I have to design another website this semester for my Computer Applications class. I considered several different possible topics. I thought about doing one for Mom’s business, and I considered doing one for the Southern Legends band since they expressed an interest in that one time. I also considered Thomas Hill Watts. I thought that would be a good idea, since there isn’t really much information on the Web about him. But I’ve finally settled on designing a website about Georgiana. I’d like to focus on the historical aspects of it, like L & N Railroad, W.T. Smith Lumber Company, and things like that. I think there will be plenty of information available to me. I posted in the Butler County history page on Facebook asking for information. I think this is going to be great!

About this blog

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Well, this is my new blog about library school. In case you didn’t know, I’m a grad student at the University of Southern Mississippi in the Master’s of Library and Information Science program. This is my fourth semester, so (hopefully) I’ll graduate in the spring of 2014. This semester I’m taking LIS 668: Research Methods in Libraries and LIS 557: Internet Applications in Libraries.

I have realized and come to accept the fact that I am a nerd. I love technology-ish stuff–computers, gadgets, etc.– and I love exploring new websites and the Internet tools that are out there. I love to read, paint, scrapbook, watch TV (not much time for that, though!), waste time on Facebook, Twitter, and especially Pinterest. I also enjoy photography.

Well, that’s about it. TTFN!