Embracing the Practical Project

This month on Hack Library School I shared my thoughts on practical projects and a few of the ways that I approach them!

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I like writing papers about as much as anyone who holds a B.A. in English can. However, there are times that writing a paper doesn’t always cut it and there might be a better way to engage with course materials. This is something that I’ve found library school embraces. Many of my professors have assigned practical projects designed to allow my peers and I to directly apply the concepts we’re learning to our future careers. As former hacker Hanna Roseen points out, the MLIS is an academic and professional degree, and practical projects are one way the professional side of the degree is emphasized. 

In past semesters I’ve coded a website from the ground up, created a LibGuide, and engaged directly with collection development. This semester, I’m creating storytime plans, filming storytime demonstration videos, learning and telling stories, and creating a portfolio filled with critical discussions of picture books.

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How Summer Camp Can Prepare You for Librarianship

I’m beyond thrilled to be writing for Hack Library School and sharing my thoughts and perspectives on library science education and the field of librarianship! I’ll be writing a new post each month, so be sure to check it out!

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As the days start to get shorter and cooler, without fail I look back at the summer. This year, with the strangeness of COVID-19, I’m missing summers past. In 2018 and 2019, I worked at an all-boys summer camp in rural Maine. From days on a lakeshore to nights around a campfire, I loved everything about working at camp. I would have been back this past summer if camp weren’t cancelled because of the pandemic.

It’s not the typical internship experience, but I found that working at a summer camp directly suited my future career in librarianship. Sure, I want to be a youth services librarian, so being able to work directly with young people was a big part of the experience for me; but that’s not the only way a summer camp can help prepare you to be a librarian.

In 2016, the Library Journal released a list of…

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