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Coursera: Metadata Class

I liked this class, I learned some new aspects of metadata that I didn’t know. I would recommend it for anyone who wants to learn more about metadata or wants to get their feet wet in the topic. I love learning new things and will use Coursera to find new topics to learn.

However, it’s my opinion that this class cannot replace an actual for credit Metadata class.  I think it’s great and I’m sure you will learn from it, but I’m not sure if it will work as a “resume booster”.  I think Library Juice would be better alternative if that’s your goal. Yes, you have to pay for Library Juice but I do think those are more structured.

Still the Coursera class was fun and interesting. I enjoyed learning about metadata and taking the quizzes. What I liked most about this class is that I didn’t ever need to watch a video lecture. What I did was download the audio version of the lecture to my computer, then I brought it into iTunes as a podcast, and listened to them like that. I like listening to spoken word faster than normal so this was a great work around for me.  If you would like to know more about how I did this, look here.

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What I’ve been up to the last few months

First off, great, big, hearty congratulations to Henrik de Gyor at Another Dam Podcast for successfully funding his Kickstarter campaign. I look forward to seeing the transcribed podcasts when they are done.

Second, I finished my online class on digital preservation. I took it through the Palmer School and it was taught by Gregory Hunter. One of the projects was that the class created a wiki of various resources on digital preservation. It’s a shame we couldn’t preserve it.* In addition to the class discussion and weekly readings, each of us had to write three papers. One of these papers had to be about a current issue or topic on digital preservation. We also had to write a paper comparing two digital repositories. And the final paper was on how each of us will implement our own digital preservation strategy for our own digital assets. It was very good and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested. That said, it did take up most of my spare time the last few months; but it was well worth it and I’m happy I took it. It’ll definitely help now that I plan on taking the DAS workshops.

In addition to the online class, I’ve continued taking the Caring for Yesterday’s Treasures – Today course series webinars. They really didn’t take up that much time, just a few hours here or there. The recordings for these webinars are still up on their website. I look forward to their new webinar courses coming in the fall. I plan on registering for those when they open and I recommend that others do the same.

Lastly, I’m attending NYAC (an archive conference on Long Island) next week. I’m attending my first SAA DAS workshop there. I’m very exited to start on the DAS path. I will be taking my second DAS workshop June 10th. So hopefully I’ll have quite a bit to write about in the following weeks.

 

Edit: I spoke with my professor during NYAC, I misunderstood the “loss” of the wiki.  It’s saved and preserved on their servers, but the students of the class no longer have access to it.

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Collections Care Basics: Where Do I Begin? Webinar course

I recently completed the Collection Care Basics course  from Connecting to Collections Online Community. This course is apart of the new Caring for Yesterday’s Treasures – Today course series. This is a joint project of  Heritage Preservation the American Assoication for State and Local History, and IMLS.

I highly recommend checking out the power point slides for this course and consider registering for the other courses. There is no cost for these webinars and you can do them at your own pace. While, I chose to watch most of them live,  when I wasn’t able to do that because of an interview conflicted with the time slot I was able to view a recording of the webinar. There were homework assignments, that I thought was helpful. They were two kinds, one focused on a collection or object at your institution and how it relates to the class content and quizzes.  I felt that both types of these assignments helped me retain what was discussed in the webinar. Also the quizzes made me feel a bit more confident as well.  The recommended readings were a nice touch. I look though some of them and there was alot I learned from them.

I’ll be honest I registered for this course to be like a refresher of my Intro to archives class from college, but I learned alot more than I thought. What was icing on the cake however, was that this course counts towards ACA re-certification credits.  That I thought was pretty sweet.

This might be my last post for a while, I’m taking a digital preservation class online this semester and I might not be able to post to this blog as often.

 

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A Job After Library School: I Thought It Would Happen Soon, Too

I came across this article a few days ago, commented on it, and kept it in mind for a blog post.

She’s right on so many counts. When I came out a library school, I’ll admit I has similar thoughts. I was sure I’d find part-time library work within a few months of getting my Master’s. That would give me income while I volunteered in archiving to further my career path. I thought memberships in professional organizations were too expensive and something that I would get once I found real employment. (More on that in a future post.)

I’ve talked to a few recent grads or library students recently and they all had the same thoughts I had upon graduating. It’s the same story as mine: I’m going for this and focusing on that. That way, when I hit the job market, I’ll be viable and therefore hirable. When I was in grad school, a friend tried to tell me how bad the job market was and I still thought I would be fine. I quickly learned how wrong I was. But I learned my lesson as I know future graduates will learn too.

I think part of the problem is that library schools paint an overly optimistic picture of the job market. I’m pretty sure the “graying” myth has a lot to do with it. Librarians aren’t retiring as quickly because their 401k’s have taken a hit due to the recession and when they do retire, libraries don’t necessarily replace them. Why is it that all these students/schools cling steadfastly to this myth when all the blogs, tweets, and every other community hub says differently.

Now this is my personally theory; but could it be that library schools don’t teach about blogs or twitter and that the information isn’t getting to the students? I wonder this because those that I’ve talked to look at me like I’m sprouted an extra head when I ask them about “blogs” or if they’re on “twitter”.

Now don’t get me wrong. I think libraries are starting to teach Web 2.0 classes and its importance. I just don’t think they teach library students that there are Twitter and blog feeds out there that are well worth their daily attention and essential to their career advancement.

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