January 16, 2009
So now that I have my schedule finalized for this second semester I thought I would share how I decided on what classes to take. I know it can be overwhelming with all the choices offered and coordinating a schedule you can handle. So with 500, 501, and 502 out of the way I knew I wanted to take more library classes, also looking at the requirements for LIS I knew I needed to take at least one in each of the three categories. I also knew I still needed a methods course and a management course. I saw that SI 626: Management of Libraries and Information Services covered both a management course and Area 3 of the LIS requirements so that was one that I definitely needed to register for. I had taken 581 last semester and saw that there was a second half to the course, SI 644: Advanced Preservation Administration, which would take the Preservation Assessment we did in 581 to the next level in creating a Preservation Policy for the same site we did the Assessment. It's only a 1.5 credit course so I wanted to pick up at least 3 more classes. I had surprisingly enjoyed 502 and wanted to take my web/network/programming skills further so I signed up for SI 539: Complex Web Design. I then started talking to friends and 2nd year students and so many of them recommended SI 620: Collection Development. They raved about the professor and felt it was a "must" for anyone that wants to be a librarian. Finally, I'm still exploring my options as far as a second specialization, whether or not I want one or what would fit best with the career I want. I had been thinking about adding Information Policy as a second specialization, I spoke with my advisor and he recommended SI 550: Seminar on Information Policy. It's kind of a survey course on Information Policy where students pick a policy issue then write an in depth research paper and present it to the class. This would enable me to get a feel for the spectrum of policy issues out there. And that's how I came to my current schedule.
Posted by ansh at January 16, 2009 01:31 PM