Two years down, one more to go. Tomorrow marks the first day of my third and final year of library school. I’m so ready for this to done with. I have five classes left to take out of thirteen.
My last required class is Collection Development. I’ve logged into Blackboard and it looks like all my assignments are group projects. Now we all know how I feel about those. My friend Shannon is in this class agian with me. I think this is our fourth class together, and I enjoyed working with her last semester. We actually didn’t do too bad on that Research Proposal. However, the more people in a group, the greater chance of something going wrong. I guess we’ll have to see how the first week goes. The second thing I noticed was that the first week of readings goes from Monday to the following Tuesday. After that, our weeks start on a Wednesday. I’ve never seen a professor do that before. I find it odd. I wonder what the reasoning for it is.
At any rate, I’ve been dreading this class. I know that it’s a complicated one, just like Research Methods can be. I’ve heard it’s a lot of work. Maybe that’s why everything is group work?
My second class is another elective, Social Media in Libraries. I looked at taking a Humanities reference class, but I was warned by a librarian that the professor teaching it isn’t the best and that she didn’t learn as much as she should have from the woman’s classes, so I decided against it. Best to head advice from recent graduates of the program when it’s given. Another class I was looking at was an independant study, but I do all my classes online which is independant enough for me, I don’t want a class that doesn’t have a set structure. Finally, the Adult Services class seems to have filled up rather quickly.
So that left Social Media. Social Media is such a big part of our culture now, and it’s growing everyday. If libraries want to survive they are going to have to incorporate it into their existence. It can be a great marketing tool and a great way to get your patrons involved. I did 7 of the 23 things in my Foundations class, but I’m still not familiar with a lot of what Social Media can do. I’ve never made a youtube video. Never made a Tweet, in fact I’ve been avoiding Twitter for years and chose not to do that “thing”. I blog (well, obviosly) and I use Facebook, but what about all those other outlets? And how do I use them properly? I’ve never regreted a class I chose to take, and I believe in trusting my insticts. After all as Master Qui Gon says, “Feel, don’t think. Use your instincts.”
It can also be said that older librarians, even older student librarians, are more adverse to using Social Media than their younger counterparts. As someone that’s under 30 – although with my 27th birthday only a few weeks away, that’s not that far off in the grand scheme of things – shouldn’t I join my peers in jumping on the Social Media bandwagon completley? Instead of keeping one foot firmly rooting in the 90s? As someone who’s still a student, this is my chance to learn something that just might give me a leg up in getting hired, after all learning on the job isnt’ always a good thing. Many big city librarys are even hiring librarians to handle thier Social Media accounts, by learning it now, I just might end up doing that someday!
So here’s to one more semester of classes, and being one step closer to graduation.