I’m a SLIS (School of Library & Information Science) student!

7 Jan

Hello all! I’m happy to report that I am well on my way of achieving my first item on my dreams/goals list for 2012 and that is: I’m an official SLIS student! Hooray! I’ve just begun my first class, which is dedicated to learning about online learning, using social media tools, and  navigating the school’s online interface for coursework.  As some of my classmates have already posted about, I too, was nervous about starting school again.  It took me awhile to decided to go back to school (again!) and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from an online learning environment.

However, I’m pleased as punch to report that so far it’s going splendidly. Honestly, I’ve probably learned much more about my classmates from reading and interacting with them online than I would in a physical classroom. That was something I wasn’t expecting! I also wasn’t expecting to feel so supported and encouraged by everyone in the class-from the teacher to the student mentor to my peers. It’s not that I didn’t think people would be friendly, it’s just that I didn’t expect to feel so excited about logging onto the D2L to read about other students and to participate in discussions about tea, movies, and where we all live. Wow, I feel even more confident in my choice to take this pathway–if these are the sorts of folks I’ll get to work with for the next many, many years, I’m in the right place.

Just a quick note since this topic was about social media tools. I came late to the world of social media. For a long while, I resisted Facebook, and for even longer, Twitter.  I acquiesced to Facebook about three years ago, a little worried about becoming addicted to it, or not understanding it or being afraid of who from my past might want to friend me.  It was fun to explore how to make Facebook useful for me and as someone who is visual (and ok, very interested in what people who don’t live near me or who I’ve been out of touch with do) I love looking at all the photographs. I make sure to stay up to date about all of the privacy issues, because I do post personal things on FB that I don’t want the world to see. I’ve been able to create a smaller group of close friends with whom I feel more comfortable sharing more private issues with.  Once I decided to pursue my MLIS, I knew I had to figure out how to use Twitter. I asked a co-worker for a lesson and boy, was I surprised! I thought Twitter was only so folks could post about what they had for breakfast or how often they watched bad TV. Heck no! I love how information is shared & spread on Twitter and I’ve learned so much from participating in the Twitter world! I’m following lots of librarians and libraries and tech companies from whom I’ve gained so much more knowledge about the library world in the past few months than I would have any other way!

I also have to say, I am loving the fact that right this moment I’m sitting on my couch with a candle burning, a heating pad on my lap, and hot cup of tea in front me as I’m working! OK, that’s enough. I told myself this was going to be a brief post, but alas, it turned into more of a “medium” post.

 

PS, This is what it doesn’t look like outside right now–taken last winter from the blizzard of ’11 (& yes, I am wishing for some snow!)

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2 Responses to “I’m a SLIS (School of Library & Information Science) student!”

  1. donnaizzo January 7, 2012 at 6:37 am #

    Hi, Sarah,

    I, too, was apprehensive when I began an online MLIS degree. Even more so than you, probably, because I am not a digital native so I was really worried about having the amount of technological skills necessary to be in the program. It has been tough, I admit, but I’m still here, and pretty amazed at what I have learned and the online connections I have made with instructors and other classmates.

    You have convinced me, I need to get into Twitter.

    I am so happy you like the program so far.

    Donna

    • mzpinetree January 8, 2012 at 10:18 pm #

      Hi Donna,
      Thanks for the encouragment! I spent a good part of today learning all about Excel, which was awesome. I’ve been wanting to learn about how do input formulas and understand it better and thanks to the resources in module 3, I really have a much better grasp on it. Whew.
      Also, yay for Twitter! When you join, look me up–my handle is @sarahefarbo. I hope you find it as useful as I do.
      Cheers,
      Sarah

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