In which I start a new semester and am already swamped.

I faithfully promised myself that I’d post at least once a se’nnight* during the semester, even though this blog is no longer part of a class assignment. Since my first class was last Wednesday morning, I’m hitting “Publish” just in time.

One week into the new semester and I already feel like I’m a week behind. OK, technically, I’m not behind, but am only on-time by a hair’s breadth, and certainly not ahead of schedule. This, in spite of my best organizational and time management efforts. (I even skipped Downton Abbey in favor of studying on Sunday night. Skipped Downton Abbey! Do you see how seriously I take this grad school adventure? Anna and Mr. Bates will have to wait patiently on my DVR until Spring Break.)

3d man with a stack of papers
Surrounded by coursework.

I only have enough time left to report that I’m taking the following interesting classes:
IST 600 – Library Advocacy (my very first online class)
IST 613 – Library Planning, Marketing, and Assessment
IST 614 – Management Principles for Information Professionals

I’ll provide more details on them later, but for now I must get back to work!

*se’nnight = a somewhat archaic English term for seven nights & seven days, or a week. I faithfully promised myself that I would use it in a sentence as often as I thought I could get away with it.

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11 thoughts on “In which I start a new semester and am already swamped.

  1. tcheer4life January 26, 2016 / 11:21 pm

    Putting Anna and Mr. Bates on hold until Spring? You are a stronger person than I, Heather. I work on Sunday evenings and as soon as I get home, I’m rushing to see the Downton Abbey I just recorded.

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    • Library Heather January 27, 2016 / 5:12 pm

      If I find that I feel more caught up, I may allow myself to watch it sooner. Sometimes my choice for free time or relaxing is social media vs. TV. And since I keep in touch with my friends on Facebook, then TV has to wait.

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  2. Christopher January 27, 2016 / 10:27 am

    Putting aside Downton Abbey (although I don’t know how you could) I’m especially looking forward to details about Library Advocacy because it seems like libraries could use a lot more advocacy. Earlier this week I was in a meeting and it was said, again, that people outside libraries think the internet has reduced the amount of work librarians have to do.
    In fact it’s increased it significantly. Every database has a different structure, different licensing agreements, there are platform changes and post-cancellation access to worry about, and the price of resources keeps going up and up.
    People think everything can be found with Google and don’t realize how much more libraries offer.

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    • Christopher January 27, 2016 / 4:16 pm

      Also I couldn’t resist looking up “se’nnight” in the Oxford English Dictionary and ran across another useful word for you: “senocular”. It means “having six eyes”.

      Sounds perfect for someone taking three classes.

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      • Library Heather January 27, 2016 / 5:14 pm

        I think clones would help more than additional eyes. Unless the brain could simultaneously process the input from all three pairs

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    • Library Heather January 27, 2016 / 5:03 pm

      The Library Advocacy class is being taught by Barb Stripling (former ALA president) and she knows so much about library advocacy that I’m learning a lot even after one week. I’ll probably dedicate several posts to the topic over the course of the semester.

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    • Library Heather January 27, 2016 / 5:10 pm

      It’s a little dangerous to have skipped it, I’m finding. It makes me want to rush through my readings so I can “reward” myself with the treat of watching it.

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  3. CarolK January 27, 2016 / 12:13 pm

    Whatever you post, I’m listening.

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