Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Starting school

I'm finally working on a dream I've had since I was in high school.  I dreamt of studying Library Science.  Then, the year before I graduated, the college I planned on attending, got rid of their Library Science program.  I was really upset.  After doing some research, I realized very few schools were offering the degree.  So, I went on to study something else and put the dream of a Master's in Library Science on hold.

Skip ahead a few years, more than a decade, and I'm finally beginning that dream I wanted so long ago.  I'm starting my schooling for a Masters in Library and Information Science (MLIS).  I applied to the school I wanted and was accepted.  This being my first semester and first time doing an online course, I'm just taking one class.  After this semester, I'll take two until I graduate.

I've been pouring over the syllabus, reading ahead in my textbook and starting my research project that is due at the beginning of October.  Looking forward in the syllabus, I realized that I would need to read an extra book, assigned by the professor.  Our one and only public library in the city doesn't have it.  So, I've put in for an Inter-library loan.  It could take up to six weeks before they get a hold of the book.  This would be very bad since I need to have it read in three weeks. 

It's odd, I live in the second largest city in the entire state, and we have one public library and it's small as public libraries go.  Maybe when I get my degree, if I'm still living here, I should lobby for another library in the fastest growing part of the city.

So, I've been working hard on a class that hasn't started yet.  Next week, after Labor Day, my class officially begins.  I'm excited about all of this and terrified at the thought of what I'm taking on.  It's a lot of work and a lot of money and I've still got two little kids at home. 

If all goes well, I'll be finished in two and a half  to three years.


SLC said...

I just got caught up on your blog - you have been busy! I have a lot to catch up on - that's what a week away from the computer will do. Good luck on classes next week. I hope you are able to get the book you need soon!

Lena Baron said...

I am SOO excited for you! I hope it goes well!

Kleanteeth said...

i thought you were studying the history of names or something like that. What do library scientists do?

Monica said...

That's exactly what Mariah wants to get her Master's in. She graduates from BYU Idaho in Dec and may be starting a Master's program in January.

ML said...

I still love names and will find a way to work that in with my degree. Actually, El Paso, which I am near, has the largest onomastic (study of names) library in the US! I'm going to go there as soon as I can.

A person with a Masters in Library Science, can do anything related to libraries. There are clerks who check out books and shelve books, but the people actually running the library have a MLIS. There are public libraries, academic, school, medical, and historical libraries. There are so many different kind of library jobs. My first class I'm taking will teach us about some of the various specialties and jobs available. Very excited!