Ah, summer break!

It has been a little while since I wrote! I’ve been taking some time to relax and re-read Harry Potter for the past week and a half. I had forgotten how long the full series is!

Aside from that, I’ve been busy making plans. The project that I had been planning to do this summer to finish up my last 2 credit hours fell through, so I spent some time contacting professors to make new plans. So now, I will be blending my two Masters to do an independent study course on the use of the ethnographic method in library services. I mentioned in an earlier post that I would like to read up on the topic this summer, and this will give me a structured way to do that and get some formal feedback on my progress.

I’ve also been busy making plans to attend the ALA conference in New Orleans! I didn’t think I would be able to afford to go, but then I was offered funding to help defray the costs! The Library and Information Science Graduate Student Association at Mizzou was able to get enough funding to help 5 students attend the ALA annual conference. To be fair, they set up a random drawing — email them if you want your name in the hat, then they draw names on a set date. I was not in the top 5. But, it turns out that I was a runner-up and someone had to drop out. So I’m going!

So, in the coming month, you can look forward to posts about library ethnographies and my first ALA Annual!

Finally, if you are also an ALA newbie, Andy Woodworth is curating a twitter list of #ala11newbs — go get yourself listed!