Wednesdays and Fridays are my off days for classes, so when my Thursday professor cancelled class last week, I had a surprise 5 day weekend. I used my time wisely and I completed a lot of work I would’ve been doing this week. So this might make it seem like grad school is easy as pie. My life was much different two weeks ago.
Before class: 8am-4pm
That 5 day weekend caused me to have a really hard time getting started with my week. Just because all of my homework is done doesn’t mean I am off the hook with library school related tasks!
I read about systems of classification as I ate my fall inspired breakfast (pumpkin butter on bread next to a hot cup of apple cider). I found the history of classification schemas interesting (particularly studies about color across different cultures).
One way I like to get my week jumpstarted is to exercise. It’s also a great way to manage stress. I used to take my ipad with me so I could read for school while doing cardio, but I found this counteracts with the whole stress relief thing, so I only do it when I am really busy. Thanks to my long weekend, I didn’t have to do that today.
With the gym out of the way and feeling super energized, I spent a few hours completing my (take home) midterm for LBSC631: Achieving Organizational Excellence (my leadership course). Its really funny how it was not until grad school that I was ever given a “take home exam”. However, the questions are far more complex so it ends up consuming a lot more time than any undergraduate in-class exam.
“Technical Services” was this week’s topic for LBSC671: Creating Information Infrastructures. We were given a tour of the technical services department at UMD’s McKeldin Library (the main library on campus, but there are 6 more libraries on campus). As we walked through the department’s office on the second floor, I couldn’t believe I never noticed there was such a huge office occupying that floor. It’s a massive space, which I learned was absolutely necessary in the 1970s before the availability of digital journals and books- this library is the home to over 2 million volumes! With 80% of the library’s budget now devoted to digital products, much of that space is empty, bookshelves have been removed, and it will likely be re-purposed for student space.
We also got to peak around the preservation department (in the basement of McKeldin). Like the technical services office, the preservation space isn’t used as much as it once was but you can tell that a lot of important work is still being performed. I got to see what a humidity detector looks like and regret not taking a photo.
Hopes & Dreams for Tuesday
On Tuesday I will continue to routinely check my e-mail to see if I get a response for the student position I applied to to last week at UMD’s Hornbake Library (the special collections library). It is also important that I e-mail my professors to inquire about classes they are teaching next semester since registration is quickly approaching. Lastly, I will be learning how to master the reference conversation through some reading assignments for LBSC602: Serving Information Needs. I hope to get all of this done before LBSC631 at 5:30.