I am an aspiring librarian. After this semester, I’ll only need 2 credit hours to graduate. I’m trying to plan a second practicum, so I could in theory be all done except for the paperwork before the summer semester officially starts. Yay!
That brings me to the job search. I think I’ve got a pretty decent CV going, but the more I can bring to the table, the better. So, in addition to finishing up my classwork and working on applications, I’ve come up with several side-projects to work on:
- Learning to use the WordPress platform. This site is a work in progress, and there are some unlinked back pages that are my playground!
- Learning to use Drupal. That is also loaded onto a back section of this domain, totally unlinked for now while I learn to use it.
- Build a small digital collection using WordPress or Drupal. I’m taking a class on digital libraries now, so that sounds like a fun project. And it would be nice to do something with the files that I digitized for my late advisor — the coolest stuff is on embargo until 2023, but there are some files that I have permission to use.
- Work on my Spanish skills. I spent many years learning Spanish in high school and college, but am seriously rusty now. And I’ve learned another language since… So now, when I try to say a sentence in Spanish, it comes out in “Spandonesian” — a few Indonesian words thrown in, often without me realizing it! Improving my Spanish skills would likely be pretty useful in many areas of the US.
- Read up on the literature regarding the application of ethnographic methods in library studies. I have a background in anthropology, it would be nice to put those ethnographic methods to use in the library!
- Work on networking via Twitter, beef up my LinkedIn profile, and otherwise do all of that good social media stuff that almost goes without saying!
Comments? What else should I be doing? I would really like to be a social sciences liaison and/or focus on instruction — is all of this web development stuff even useful for those positions?