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!