Continuing the days in the life of one fabulous library student, we come to day two. A more ‘normal’ day with lots of running around and doing stuff and learning things.
My day started with some hours working in the Rita Benton Music Library (RBML) as a reference/circulation assistant. In the mornings we are generally not very busy with patrons, so we catch up on other work. One of the things I like most about working at RBML is that since it is a branch library we get to do a little of everything. We do a lot of shelving and shelf reading. The call numbers for the music scores are long and a bit complicated so just working with them has taught me a lot about LC classification. We process new materials. We process Inter Library Loans and scan photocopy requests from
lazy busy faculty/students who don’t want to come in and scan it themselves. We spend a lot of time helping people find things in the middle of the complex music filing.
We also bind all the sheet music into sturdy binders so they last longer on the shelves.
We do a lot of binding in the morning when things are quiet.
I went to a weekly meeting with my fellow B Sides editors. B Sides is an open access, peer reviewed journal that features work of students and alumni of the School of Library and Information Science of the University of Iowa. We are currently planning our Practice Poster Session event. For the U Iowa SLIS program, our final culminating project is a poster presentation. Since this is something most of us have never done before, every year a few weeks before the big day, B Sides puts on a practice poster session for students to have a dry run at it all. It gives participating students a chance to run through their 2-minute speech and get feedback about their content and poster design. It gives other students a chance to see a variety of different posters and topics. Last year I found it incredibly helpful to see the different ideas and hear what faculty had to say about design. (Mostly ‘less text’) I have some pretty awesome fellow editors on this team and we have fun, so meetings are never a chore.
I had my practicum class. We spend most of our time at our sites, but we meet once a week to share information and check in. I’ll talk more about my site later in the week. Each of us will do a short presentation during the semester. Todays was mainly about abandoning Dewey in favor of more bookstore-like categories. Patrons seem to love it. Librarians often hate it. I personally think we have to place the needs of our immediate patrons above grand ideals of universal classification, but it is a complicated topic. Which made for an interesting discussion.
Mental/Emotional Health Management
One of the most important things you need to remember to survive grad school is to manage your stress well. Grad school is stressful. Homework. Work. Practicum. More work. Classes. Conferences. Job searching. Extra curricular stuff. Trying to maintain some kind of personal life.
So find how to manage it and for the love of J.K. Rowling make time to do it. For me it is movement. Last semester I took a dance class just for funzies. I try to run several times a week. When I’m really in trouble– I need me some Yoga. Today was one of those days so I slipped in for an evening yoga class at one of the local studios. Oooommmmmmmmmmm. And now I feel more human.
My night consists of making cupcakes for my presentation in YA Resources tomorrow, (Why? You ask? Stay tuned!) starting to work out how to narrow my potential YA Resources final paper topic (something about trends in LGBTQ YA lit), catching up on my practicum journal (eeek!!) and gathering data to help me narrow what specific books I’ll focus on, looking into how to actually do my metadata project collecting and describing tweets in reaction to Maureen Johnson’s The Madness Underneath, and watching Doctor Who. Because… just because.
See you tomorrow!