Life in Library School: First Quarter Cluster

Life in Library School: First Quarter Cluster

This week ends my first quarter in library school.


The beginning was overwhelming to say the least, but I have a feeling that was the case for the majority of my cohort, especially those that don’t live in the Seattle area close to UW. At first I felt like a little island on my own, far far away, without a clue of how to survive. It took a few weeks to get into the swing of things. It’s been quite awhile since I’ve been on the academic scene. What helped the most was staying in touch with my cohort and realizing that I wasn’t the only one flailing around trying to figure the whole self-directed, online grad school thingy out. Cyber bridges kept me sane. I’m lucky too, because I’m in school with some energetic, friendly, brilliant people. But I should have expected that… After all, these are future librarians.

All I have to say is, Rebecca-from-two-months-ago deserves a major fist bump. I front loaded a lot of my course work before Mira was born, so when she arrived, despite all the complications, I still managed to finish all my work on time. I didn’t turn in one late assignment. For reals. I might be kidding myself, but I have a feeling if I survived completing my first quarter as a graduate student with a new baby and a husband also in school, it’s downhill from here.

Something I reflected on quite a bit during this quarter was how I’m going to harness this degree and get the most out of being in school.  What does that pathway look like? What classes are going to get me there? So, I started thinking about traditional and non-traditional LIS classes I want to take. Writing code, special education, technology education in the classroom, collection development, early literacy, public spaces (check out THIS course description), music therapy, graphic design… And the list goes on. I won’t be able to take all these classes, so I have a question for you seasoned youth services librarians out there:

What classes are you glad you took in library school AND/OR what classes do you wish you had taken? What skills will be necessary for future librarians?

I’m looking forward to these future decisions. Learning theory is necessary, but I get antsy. I like to keep my hands moving and looking forward.

Any advice you have would be oh, so helpful.

Onward ho!


4 Responses to “Life in Library School: First Quarter Cluster”

  1. Jenna says:

    I highly recommend taking both cataloging and management. I know they don’t sound like tons of fun, but they are really important once you get in the field! Early literacy and child development are also vital if you want to stay in youth services.

    Hope that helps!

    • Rebecca says:

      These two classes seemed to be popular suggestions. I asked this question on Twitter and both were recommended by a few people. I’ll be sure to add them to the list! Thank you Jenna!

Leave A Comment