I’ve been reading Hack Library School lately. I’ve read their post on what to do your first term. I’m a little behind, however, better late than never. The two classes that I took this semester was LIS 5020: Foundations of Information Professions and LIS 5442: Information Leadership.
The reason I took 5020 was because I was ignorant of what a librarian actually did and if there were careers outside the library profession. I found this class to be very dry and not at all as interesting as I thought it would be. I was also very unprepared for all the group work that was to be done. Since my background is in English Lit, I usually worked by myself. However, here, not only did I have to be accountable for to myself, but for a my group members. This ended up being a good thing. There’s nothing worse than losing face in my opinion. I enjoyed my group members and hope that I can keep in touch while I finish up school. The assignments were kind of painful. I did learn about policies and issues affecting the information professional. I found the class kind of kitschy, corny maybe? The teaching style was not very effective for me I suppose. But, again, it is my first semester; I need to keep an open mind.
As for 5442, I LOVED THIS CLASS. I loved everything about this class. I loved the professor (who also happens to be my advisor). She was great. The reading was engaging. We always had some sort of in-class presentation to do. This I realized later on in my other class was a great asset. Since I am an online student, I had to get used to using the microphone. At first I was terrified, but as we kept on doing the in-class presentation; I became very comfortable with speaking. This class was very reflective. She made us take a lot of personality and leadership surveys to help us figure what kind of leader we were and what we needed to do to improve our leadership skills. I also loved, loved, LOVED my group. These women were awesome, helpful, and amazing. I learned a lot more about this group than my other group. The reason I enrolled in this class is because I am supremely interested in obtaining a certificate in leadership and management. After working at the restaurant in different “head” positions, I realized I like being in control and telling people what to do. I think this certificate will not only help me attain this goal, but will make me a better leader in the process.