Personal Goals/Objectives

January 26, 2013

I am going to be blatantly honest.  My time in the Library Information Science (LIS) program at Wayne State is about finding a job; that is my end game.  Of course, I would not be in this program if I did not want to pursue LIS as a career.

My main goal is to find a job within a few months after I graduate.  Not just any job, but one that I want to do and will look forward to going to every day.  Continuing with blatant honesty, I also want a job that pays well.  I do not need to make a lot of money, but I do not think a job that pays enough to cover all my expenses (rent, insurance, food, etc.) and leaves some left over for savings and a life is too much too ask for.  Basically, I do not want to live paycheck to paycheck.  Oh yeah, benefits would be nice too. Unfortunately, in today’s world that may be a pretty tall order.  I hope my expectations are not too high.  I just need to try to remain optimistic, which is not one of my strengths.

My objectives while in the program include taking the courses that will make me desirable to potential employers and gaining the necessary experience that will make them want to hire me.  My plan is to be as practical as possible in my elective choices while still taking my own interests into account.  However, in the end I am going to go with what I believe will get me hired.  Going in this direction, I do plan on earning a Graduate Certificate in Archival Administration.  But lately, I have been thinking Records Information Management might be better in terms of job opportunities.  I would like to take the introductory course to determine if Records Information Management is something I would like to pursue. Furthermore, I am also interested in Special Collections, specifically rare books, manuscripts, and photographs.  In respect to Special Collections, I am very interested in conservation and have my eye on a couple electives tailored to just that.  As you can see I am all over the place in my goals and objectives while in the LIS program.  This is something I hope to have more figured out by the end of my first semester.  Through taking my first classes and completing my Plan of Work I will hopefully have a more concrete plan for the rest of my time at Wayne State.

Right now, my career plans are pretty much just as ambiguous as my plan for the LIS program.  Ideally, I would like to work in Washington, D.C., particularly the National Archives.  More specifically, I would like to work in digital preservation and conservation.  For now, my game plan is to monitor job postings and listerves to see what is out there.  I will pick out the jobs that interest me and make my elective selections based on what these jobs are looking for in a candidate.  Also, I will use these job postings to find internships that will get me the experience I need.  In the end, I will try not to be too picky in my job search.  I already know I will move almost anywhere for a job.

Something else I hope to achieve throughout my studies are good grades.  It has been a while since I have been a student and as a result I am scared of failing.  That is probably my biggest fear this first semester, not being able to cut it in a graduate school setting.

Despite my fear of failing.  I am going to do the best I can and remain confident that not only will I thrive in the LIS program, but that it will also lead to a great job that I love.

 

Hello, My name is Katy Schroeder.  This blog will be about my first semester in Wayne State University’s Masters of Library Information Science Program.  Specifically, it is for my LIS 6010 course, Introduction to the Information Profession.  In this blog I will talk about goals that I would like to accomplish while in the program and beyond.  I will reflect on my first semester in the program and in this class.  I will also be exploring the world of Library Information Science, including types of jobs associated with the field, professional organizations and professional blogs.  This is my first time blogging so bear with me while I get the hang of this.

First, here’s some random trivia about myself:

What I’m reading: The Three Musketeers

What I’m watching: Once Upon a Time and Doctor Who, to name a couple

What I’m listening to: “Stuff You Should Know” and “Stuff Mom Never Told You” podcasts from How Stuff Works

Some places I’ve been: Hawaii, Alaska, England, Scotland, and the Caribbean

Some places I’d like to go: Greece, South America, Australia, New Zealand, Egypt, Asia, and Antarctica

Goals:

While at Wayne State I hope to gain the knowledge and expertise necessary to succeed in Library Information Science.  I will accomplish this by taking courses that are relevant to not only what I want to do but also those that are relevant in today’s world.  Digital content management greatly interests me for mainly preservation purposes.  But I also think it is an important skill to have in today’s increasingly digital world.  I would love to digitize archival collections and help create digital exhibits and collections.  In turn, this would also greatly increase the amount of people the collections and exhibits could reach.  In addition to the Masters in Library and Information Science I will be earning a Graduate Certificate in Archival Administration.

Beliefs about the LIS Profession:

Many people believe that in today’s increasingly digital world the library and librarian is going the way of the dinosaur.  This could not be more wrong; libraries are essential (Haycock and Sheldon 2008).  Furthermore, I believe that libraries and librarians are as essential now as they have ever been.  People are inherently curious and want to know things, especially in today’s world where thanks to smartphones, information is literally at one’s fingertips.  Well, as great as smart phones are, there are some things they can’t do.  As long as people stay curious, libraries and librarians will be around to help them find the information they can’t get from a smart phone.

I believe that library information science is changing with the times.  Libraries have been around since ancient Sumeria (Haycock and Sheldon 2008).  While they have evolved, the fact remains that they have stood the test of time.  Rather than become obsolete, libraries strive to adapt to the ever-changing world.  Today’s younger generation wants their information fast and electronically.   To accommodate them, many libraries have computers with Internet access and a digital catalog of their collections.  They provide access to online journals, newspapers, and magazines both onsite and remotely.  Some libraries even have electronic books available for checkout to download to your e-reader.  In fact, I recently read an article about a book-less library opening in Texas.  Instead of books, this library will have rows of computers and e-readers available for check out and to read in house  (Stern 2013).  If the field of library information science keeps changing and adapting I believe they will continue to stand the test of time and so will libraries and librarians.

Assumption about the LIS Profession:

I assume that possessing a MLIS is necessary in order to succeed in the LIS profession.  It is one of the basic requirements for pretty much any job in the field.  Library Information Science is more complex than people realize.  Librarians are not merely people who earned a degree in order to check out books (Haycock and Sheldon 2008).  They know technology, they organize and catalog information to ensure its easy access, and they adapt.  In order to learn librarian information science, a graduate degree is essential.  Furthermore, I assume that by earning a MLIS I will find a job doing what I love in a field I am passionate about.

References

Haycock, K. and Sheldon, B. (2008). (Eds.) The portable MLIS: Insights from the experts (pp. xvi, 3, 4).  Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited

Stern, J. (Jan. 14, 2013). The First Book-less Public Library: Texas to Have Bibliotech. In abcnews.go.com. Retrieved Jan 15, 2013, from