Waiting for the semester to start...

posted Aug 15, 2011, 3:45 PM by jj pionke
Last year, I decided to apply to library schools.  I also decided that I was only going to do it once so I applied to seven schools.  I got into six and after careful consideration and talking to various schools, I decided that the best place for me was the University of Michigan.  I like that the program has a heavy technology angle and really focuses on not just traditional aspects of librarianship, but also encourages us to think outside of the box.  I have moved to Ann Arbor, MI earlier this month but classes don't start until Sept 6 and orientation starts August 29th, so I have a lot of time on my hands.  So, what have I been doing?

I have several projects that I am working on that aren't related to my schooling, but are related to my previous job as an adjunct English professor.  Library wise however, I have been reading through a recommended reading list, I signed up for classes, I've been meeting with former and current students to get a better feel for the program, and I have also been meeting with local librarians to get a better feeling for the profession as a whole.  I have also been researching what skills and courses I should have and take before I leave here.  The University of Michigan is a world renowned institution and I would be a full to not take advantage of it.  

Something else that I have been doing is contacting libraries around the world in the hopes of getting an overseas internship.  I've had positive responses from two places so far.  It's very early to be working on this, but I have the time to work on it right now and the faster I get something nailed down, the faster I can move on to the next phase, which is researching and then writing project proposals to hopefully get some funding.

That's what I have been doing so far.  I hope that this blog will become a relatively frequently updated site, but we'll see once the semester starts how much time I have.  For now, my goal, once the semester starts, will be once a week.  Before the semester starts, I will probably be posting more frequently than that.